Ehor Wm. Gauk, M.S.M., Edmonton, Alta.
Meritorious Service Medal (civil division)
In 1992, paediatric neurologist Ehor Gauk assumed a leading role in the Children of Chernobyl Project, whose objective was to provide medical aid to the children affected by the Ukrainian nuclear disaster. As part of this initiative, Dr. Gauk also contributed significantly to the success of the OSVITA project, a teaching program designed to provide training to Ukrainian physicians in order to improve the health care for children and their parents in the Ukraine. Under Dr. Gauk’s leadership, Canadian doctors volunteered to help over 80 visiting Ukrainian physicians upgrade their medical skills while 100 other Canadian doctors travelled to the Ukraine to provide assistance to the young victims and their families. Dr. Gauk’s commitment to the improvement of paediatric practice brought Canada international recognition as a world leader in medical technology and humanitarian aid.