Scarborough Hospital Welcomes MP Dan Harris

August 27, 2013

The Scarborough Hospital’s General Campus welcomed NDP Member of Parliament (MP), Dan Harris (Scarborough Southwest) on August 7th, 2013.

Following CSMLS’ Parliament Hill Day in Ottawa this past April, several MPs offered their support and assistance with helping to get CSMLS’ core advocacy messages across to key decision makers. As part of its national advocacy initiatives, CSMLS reached out to those MPs and invited them to participate in a personal tour of their local medical laboratory. The objective was to offer a unique opportunity to participate in a “hands-on” experience, while showcasing the valuable work medical laboratory professionals do and the critical role they play in the maintenance of health and well-being of their constituents and all Canadians.

During the tour, Mr. Harris agreed to have his blood drawn and then watched his blood travel through the lab. He was provided a tour of the lab and met all of the employees onsite.

l. to r.: Dr. Dhun Noria, Chief of Laboratory Medicine, Dan Harris, MP

Dan Harris was elected as the Member of Parliament representing the riding of Scarborough Southwest on May 2nd, 2011. Since being elected, Dan has served as Deputy Critic for Science and Technology (May 2011-April 2012), Deputy Critic for Industry (April 2012-August 2013) and was just named Critic for Post-Secondary Education.

Dan has been a community and political activist for sixteen years. He has been a strong advocate and voice for affordable housing, social justice, and economic reform. Dan has also worked in voicing the need for a National Daycare Program in Canada, after experiencing that need first-hand when he worked at Not Your Average Daycare in Scarborough.

Dan has been a longstanding member of the New Democratic Party of Canada; helping with over twenty campaigns, working on the Ontario NDP Executive from 2002 to 2004, and helping to craft dozens of resolutions to provincial and federal policy conventions. He has been a vibrant face in Scarborough Southwest – as a player, coach, sponsor and member of the executive of the Birchmount Baseball league since 1994. Dan has also worked in the Information and Technology industry for over ten years, for prominent companies such as Web Networks, the Make a Wish Foundation, the Ontario NDP, and most recently for Unified Systems Group.

 l. to r.: Cara Flemming, VP Finance and Information Services, Petra Sheldrake, Director Laboratory Services, Dan Harris, MP, Dr. Dhun Noria, Chief of Laboratory Medicine, Michelle Hoad, CSMLS Director, Marketing, Communications and Membership

 

CSMLS and the Scarborough Hospital thank Mr. Harris for his participation and support. Medical laboratory professionals look forward to continuing to work together to build on recent momentum and help further our goal of ensuring equal access to quality health care for all Canadians.

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