Much esteemed and much loved, BC Lung Foundation former Board member Dr. Donald Enarson was posthumously awarded the Order of Canada last week. He died suddenly June 2, leaving a legacy of deep understanding and improvement of lung health and global tuberculosis control.
The Order of Canada, awarded by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, is considered one of the country’s highest civilian honours. It recognizes those who have enriched the lives of others, and made extraordinary contributions to the nation.
Don Enarson was a global leader in driving change to reduce lung health suffering. He researched and identified the five components of a successful tuberculosis strategy, which was adopted by the World Health Organization in 1994, and implemented as policy around the world. He published over 400 scientific treatises, lectured in 72 countries and served as a public health advisor in 42 countries.
Don served on the BC Lung Foundation’s Executive Committee for three years, and was prized for his vision, pragmatism, diplomacy and volunteerism. He will be sorely missed by the Foundation, and recognized as a global leader in the countries around the world who benefitted from his extraordinary strides in lung health and treatments.