On June 12, the City of Calgary gave out 17 Calgary Awards to citizens and groups for their contribution to the community and Dr. Eldon Smith was the recipient of the Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Calgary Awards celebrates achievements and contributions made by individuals and organizations who have improved the quality of life in Calgary.
“I was delighted and feel very honoured to receive this award,” says Smith, professor emeritus and former dean at the University of Calgary. “I am particularly pleased to receive a reward named for Dr. Grant MacEwan. I met him back in the 80s when he was doing research on another of his many books. He was a very impressive man who has made major contributions to Calgary, to Alberta and Canada.”
The Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual Calgary who over the past 25 years has made significant contributions to the community and has improved the quality of life for citizens or whose accomplishments have brought recognition to Calgary.
Smith, one of the pre-eminent academic cardiologists in Canada over the past 30 years, has defined the direction that cardiovascular care has taken in southern Alberta as physician, educator, researcher and administrative leader. He is chair of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta’s Strategic Advisory Board. He was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary between 1992 and 1997.
“For the city of Calgary, the thing that I am most pleased about is my role in creating the Libin Cardiovascular Institute which provides leading cardiac care and world class education and research,” says Smith. “This will be a lasting legacy for Calgarians.”
In 2006, Eldon was appointed by the Federal Minister of Health to chair the steering committee for a national task force on heart health. The Canadian Heart Health Strategy and Action Plan aims to tackle cardiovascular disease, a $22 billion per year cost burden and the country’s largest cause of mortality. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and recently received the Alberta Medical Association’s Medal for Distinguished Service.