Just three months into postgraduate studies at Howard University, Dr. Rosemary Moodie married Trinidadian-born Canadian Dr. Peter Wong and moved to the Greater Toronto Area.
That was three decades ago and Moodie has no regrets.
“I married a Canadian and stayed in this country which has been good to me,” said the Jamaican-born health care practitioner who was celebrated last week as one of Canada’s Top 25 immigrants. “I feel like I was embraced here.”
A graduate of St. Hugh’s High School in Kingston and the University of the West Indies, Moodie completed her paediatrics training at the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) and successfully pursued an Executive Masters in Business Administration at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School and a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration at Queen’s University.
A fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and American Academy of Paediatrics, Moodie has provided medical care for critically ill newborn infants and children while working to improve medical service delivery needs in the field of obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics.
“I chose medicine as a career because I wanted a profession that works directly with people and I chose children because of their vulnerability and the satisfaction it gave me to help them,” she said.
A former corporate chief of paediatrics and medical director of the Rouge Valley Health System regional maternal child program, Moodie spent 25 years as a neonatologist and clinical teacher at the Hospital for Sick Children and was an assistant professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto,
Her vibrant community paediatric practice serves residents in the Jane & Finch, Rexdale and Etobicoke designated priority neighbourhoods filled with a large immigrant population.
“During medical training, I realized that women and children face significant barriers to good health and well-being,” said Moodie who was last December recognized with the Constance Hamilton Award established in 1979 to honour Toronto city council’s first female member who was elected in 1920. “I have advocated improving health equity and expanding quality health care access for women and children.”
Beyond her medical practice and research, she serves on various national and international volunteer boards, including the Project for the Advancement of Childhood Education (PACE) and Food for the Poor.
Moodie recently completed a three-year term as YWCA president and board chair and oversaw the development and opening of the organization’s Elm Centre which is Canada’s largest affordable housing project for single low-income women, females living with mental health and addiction issues and those of Aboriginal ancestry.
“While I am proud of my professional accomplishments, the volunteer work I have done over the years with women and girls has been most fulfilling and gratifying,” added the 2014 Harry Jerome Award winner. “That has been the most satisfying part of my life in recent years.”
Canadian Immigrant magazine and the Royal Bank of Canada sponsored the seventh annual people’s choice initiative which seek to uncover and celebrate the untold stories and remarkable achievements of outstanding immigrants celebrates the remarkable achievements of outstanding Canadian newcomers.