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The Sheela Basrur Centre

The Sheela Basrur Centre, under the leadership of Public Health Ontario, honours the legacy of the late Dr. Sheela Basrur, Ontario’s former Chief Medical Officer of Health and an outstanding leader in the field of public health.

The mission of the Sheela Basrur Centre is to strengthen the capabilities, knowledge and expertise of public health professionals and to educate the public on key strategies to promote health.

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2014 Sheela Basrur Centre Communications Student Award

Congratulations to 2014 Communications Student Award recipients, Yoshith Perera and Delaney Hines. Their award winning campaign “Clear the Air”, provides creative ideas to raise awareness about the health risks of e-cigarettes, targeting the public and government policy decision-makers. Both Yoshith and Delaney are first year students enrolled in the Schulich Interfaculty Master of Public Health program at the University of Western Ontario.

Learn more about the Communications Student Award recipients.

2014 Sheela Basrur Centre Travel Bursary Award

Congratulations to the 2014 Student Travel Bursary recipients, Nandita Perumal and Erin Moses. Nandita is a PhD Epidemiology student and Erin is a Master of Public Health student. Both are currently studying at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Nandita will travel to New Delhi, India to complete her placement with GAIN this summer. Erin will be completing her practicum placement with the ASPIRE program in Kampala, Uganda.

Learn more about the Student Travel Bursary recipients.


In Memory of Dr. Don Low

Dr. Don LowWe are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Dr. Donald Low on September 18, 2013. A world-renowned microbiologist, Don was the Medical Director of the PHO Laboratories from 2005 to 2012 as well as the Microbiologist-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital. Don made extensive contributions to teaching and researching throughout his career and was an internationally recognized expert in infectious diseases. His skill as a communicator enabled him to translate complex topics for the public, and he was highly sought after by media to comment on a range of topics. See Public Health Ontario’s Announcement on Dr. Don Low.

During the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) crisis of 2003, both Dr. Basrur and Dr. Low worked tirelessly with the media to communicate the situation to the public, delivering the most relevant and up-to-date information. Their messages were clear, constant and vital in building confidence in public health action. To honour the legacy of the late Dr. Low, a communications fellowship has been created at the Sheela Basrur Centre, fostering the development of great public health communicators. In offering this fellowship, The Sheela Basrur Centre encourages public health professionals to continue Dr. Low’s legacy in helping the public and media understand complex public health issues. Learn more about the Don Low Communications Fellowship.

2013 Don Low Communications Fellowship Recipient

Congratulations to Cameron Clark of the Timiskaming Health Unit!

Cameron was selected as the inaugural Don Low Communications Fellowship recipient in June 2013. Cameron’s commitment and demonstrated leadership spanning 23 years in public health exemplifies the intention, spirit and purpose of the Fellowship.

For more information about Cameron Clark and the Fellowship click here




Top of Page The portrait of Dr. Sheela Basrur was painted by Gerda Neubacher. Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion