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.