2008 Award Recipients
her distinguished career of approximately 25 years
in public health, Cathy O’Keefe has provided
leadership at the provincial and national levels in
efforts to promote, protect and preserve the health
of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
has demonstrated leadership in the immunization
forum; has shown an innovative spirit in her
participation in the new public health surveillance
system; has provided service delivery excellence in
pandemic planning; and, has shaped the future of
public health professionals through her mentoring.
driving force behind the biennial provincial
Immunizations Conference hosted by the province in
2006 and 2008, Cathy had the foresight to recognize
the need for continued education for frontline
public health nurses. She also has a key role in the
development of the National Immunization Strategy.
vision and diligence have resulted in Newfoundland
and Labrador being recognized as a leader in the
field of childhood immunization with uptake as high
as 95 to 97 per cent for almost all childhood
is a champion of the Panorama project which is a Pan
Canadian solution to public health surveillance,
which will manage public health activities across
the country in a co-ordinated manner.
exemplary knowledge in the area of communicable
disease, Cathy is a source for advice for her
colleagues across the country.
Newfoundland and Labrador is very fortunate to have
someone of Cathy’s calibre overseeing such important