Winnipeg Woman to Be Honoured for Haiti Rescue Efforts

DUBUISSION, HAITI - OCTOBER 30: People throw stones on top of the coffin of Jonathan Daniel, 34, who died suddenly of cholera, after it was placed in a grave October 30, 2010 in Dubuission, Haiti. Haiti, one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere, has been further unsettled by an outbreak of cholera which has so far killed over 300 people as of Friday. The epidemic has affected the central Artibonite and Central Plateau regions with over 4,000 cases so far on record. While authorities believe the outbreak is contained, they believe it has not yet peaked. There is also fear that the deadly diarrheal disease could migrate to the sprawling camps for the hundreds of thousands of Haitians displaced by the earthquake. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A Winnipeg woman will be honoured in Ottawa for her efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that struck the country earlier this year.

Captain Connie Noreen Watson, M.S.M., C.D., will receive the Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) at Rideau Hall on Tuesday.

Watson was deployed as a nursing officer from January to March of this year. Her coordination with the Canadian Embassy, with medical professionals and with other key stakeholders ensured that as many earthquake victims as possible received thorough medical treatment, despite having only basic medical equipment at her disposal and lacking normal shelter facilities.

Watson’s medical expertise, leadership and determination assisted in the evacuation of over 4,000 Canadians, including those with life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

Other Canadian Forces personnel will also be honoured, where Governor General David Johnston will preside over the ceremony.