In his acceptance speech, Dr. Sears recalled his beginnings at McMaster and how the institution’s culture of collegiality and collaboration won him over, leading him to join the faculty in 1990. He spent the next 29 years at McMaster making ground-breaking contributions as a researcher and clinician.
Dr. Sears acknowledged former colleagues previously inducted into the Community of Distinction, whose plaques adorned the wall behind him as he spoke–foremost among them Dr. Freddy Hargreave. He also recognized CHILD’s long-term Research Manager, Dr. Diana Lefebvre, and those who have taken over the leadership of CHILD, including the current Director Dr. Padmaja Subbarao: “The Study is in good hands.”
A photo of Dr. Sears and a plaque commemorating his contributions to McMaster is now on permanent display in the Ewart Angus Centre of McMaster University’s Health Sciences Centre.
The Community of Distinction is a high-profile gallery that honours Faculty of Health Sciences’ alumni, faculty and staff who have brought distinction and recognition to McMaster University and the Faculty of Health Sciences through outstanding scholarship and innovative research. The gallery was established in 2003.