Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Guest Lecturer Stephen Lewis joined the School of Nursing and 350 guests on Wednesday, February 7, 2007 to celebrate its 60th anniversary with the Reid-Greenaway Lectureship. The title of the lecture was Revealing the invisible: Reflections on making a difference. As a politician, diplomat and international envoy for humanitarian efforts, Mr. Lewis has dedicated himself to improving the human condition.
Mr. Lewis is Chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, author of the national bestseller Race Against Time and U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. A lifelong social democrat and diplomat, he has focused much of his humanitarian efforts on the African continent. Mr. Lewis’ career at the United Nations has spanned more than two decades. He is currently a Commissioner for the World Health Organization’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, a Senior Advisor to the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). In July 2006, Mr. Lewis began a one-year term as McMaster University’s first social sciences scholar-in-residence, where he serves as an instructor and researcher linked with the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition.
Mr. Lewis was joined by three panelists from within nursing who shared their own reflections about making a difference in their respective areas of passion and work. Carolyn Milne, President and CEO of the Hamilton Community Foundation, Dr. Andrea Baumann, Associate VP, International Health, McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences, and Pat Morden, Chief Executive Coach at Shalom Village highlighted the remarkable contributions that nurses make to health and social justice, and invited participants to consider what they can do to make a difference.