Ravalia ap­pointed to Se­nate

Twill­ingate doc­tor to serve as an in­de­pen­dent

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY SALT WIRE STAFF

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau on Fri­day an­nounced that the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral has ap­pointed Dr. Mo­hamed-Iqbal Ravalia as an in­de­pen­dent se­na­tor to fill a va­cancy in New­found­land and Labrador.

In a news re­lease from the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice, it states that Ravalia is a com­mu­nity leader and fam­ily physi­cian in Twill­ingate, and se­nior med­i­cal of­fi­cer at the Notre Dame Bay Me­mo­rial Health Cen­tre.

He is also an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of fam­ily medicine and the As­sis­tant Dean of Ru­ral Med­i­cal Education Net­work at Me­mo­rial Univer­sity.

“I am pleased to wel­come Par­lia­ment’s new­est in­de­pen­dent Se­na­tor, Mo­hamed-Iqbal Ravalia,” Trudeau said. “Dr. Ravalia’s vast knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence have earned him high re­spect in the med­i­cal field, and I am con­fi­dent that he will be a great am­bas­sador in the Se­nate, not just for New­found­land and Labrador, but for all of Canada.”

Ravalia holds a Bach­e­lor of Medicine and Bach­e­lor of Surgery from the Univer­sity of Rhode­sia, in present-day Zim­babwe. He over­came the apartheid in Zim­babwe and found the com­mu­nity en­vi­ron­ment he was miss­ing in his na­tive coun­try in ru­ral New­found­land and Labrador. His deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the prov­ince, its land­scape, and its peo­ple comes from his unique ex­pe­ri­ence as an im­mi­grant.

Ravalia has been rec­og­nized for his ded­i­ca­tion to the med­i­cal field and his con­tri­bu­tion to ru­ral medicine in New­found­land and Labrador. He has been awarded the Cana­dian Fam­ily Physi­cian of the Year Award and re­ceived the Or­der of Canada. In 2012, Ravalia was awarded the Queen’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Medal.

Ravalia and his wife Dianne have two sons, Adam and Mikhail. Dur­ing his free time, he en­joys trav­el­ling, read­ing and play­ing golf.

Ravalia’s ap­point­ment marks 34 ap­point­ments to the Se­nate made on the ad­vice of Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau.

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Ravalia has been rec­og­nized for his ded­i­ca­tion to the med­i­cal field and his con­tri­bu­tion to ru­ral medicine in New­found­land and Labrador He has been awarded the Cana­dian Fam­ily Physi­cian of the Year Award and re­ceived the Or­der of Canada In 2012, Ravalia was awarded the Queen’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Medal

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