Rosemary Moodie

Senator Rosemary Moodie

Biography

The Honourable Rosemary Moodie was appointed to the Senate of Canada by the Governor-General of Canada, on December 12, 2018. Dr. Moodie is an independent Senator representing Ontario and sits on the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology and the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration. She is Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Black Caucus and Chair of the African Canadian Senators Group.

Senator Moodie is a Jamaican-born paediatrician and neonatologist. After graduating from the University of the West Indies, she completed postgraduate training in Paediatric and Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine at Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She is professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto and is a senior neonatologist and clinical teacher at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She is Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her vibrant community paediatric practice serves neighbourhood priority areas in Toronto. She obtained a Master of Business Administration, Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a Master of Public Administration, School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University.

Senator Moodie is a well-recognized national and international medical leader. She has supported organizations and stakeholders in policy development and advocacy to improve health equity and expand quality health care access to the most vulnerable, underserved and marginalized population. Her work included Corporate Chief of Paediatrics and Medical Director of the Regional Maternal Child Program Rouge Valley Health System; Maternal, Child, Youth, and Gynaecology Lead for Central East Local Health Integration Network; and regional and provincial committees, such as the Child Health Network and Provincial Council of Children’s Health. Her expertise also includes health care planning locally and internationally.

Senator Moodie has been a strong advocate for woman and girls. Her contributions to reducing social inequities and health disparities among children and communities have been significant. She has served on numerous not-for-profit boards in health, education and social development including the President and Board Chair of the YWCA Toronto when the Elm Centre was completed. (The Elm Centre is Canada’s largest affordable housing project for single low-income women, women with mental health and addiction issues, and families of Indigenous ancestry), the inaugural Board of Directors for Unity Health Toronto, and the Scotiabank Jamaica Foundation.

As a Senator, she continues advocating for children and promoting equal opportunity and inclusion. She put forth a bill to establish the Office of the Commissioner for Children and Youth in Canada, which has received the endorsement of multiple organizations that serve and support children and youth in Canada. Her office led a national consultation with children and youth and the need for a federal commissioner. The report will be released in the Spring of 2022. She repeatedly advocated for disaggregated data and race-based data collection that has led the Senate Emergency Debate on Racism.

Senator Moodie has received many awards and  distinctions as recognition of her service including;  the Order of Ontario; the Order of Distinction – Commander Rank from the Government of Jamaica; City of Toronto - Access and Human Rights Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women; Ontario Medical Association – Presidential Award; Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons - Prix d’excellence – Specialist of the Year; College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario - Council Award; Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto - Top 10 High Achieving Women; Canadian Paediatric Society - Distinguished Community Paediatrician; University of Toronto Alumni Association - Community Engagement Award; Harry Jerome Health Sciences Award; Top 25 Canadian Women of Influence; 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women; The University of the West Indies Alumni -Distinguished Service Award for Maternal and Child Health; Canadian Paediatric Society - Award of Merit; and Ontario Medical Association - Glenn Sawyer Community Service Award.