The Beginning of the End for Nuclear Weapons
About the Speakers
Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford is Past President of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. She is a long time activist and author promoting the total abolition of nuclear weapons and non-violent alternatives to conflict resolution. She has been a leader in the international peace and disarmament movement for several decades. Dr. Ashford graduated from medical school at the University of Calgary in 1981 and practiced as a family doctor for the next 15 years. In the 1980s, she became involved in the anti-nuclear movement, especially with regards to how women could make an impact. She worked with Canadian Physicians for Social Responsibility and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), of which she was Co-President for two years. Dr. Ashford has twice been the recipient of the Governor General of Canada's Medal and has also won the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Human Rights, and the YMCW Peace Medal. She is also the author of “Enough Blood Shed: 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror and War,” which focuses on effective nonviolent strategies.
Dr. Michael Dworkind received his Medical Degree in 1974 from the McGill Medical School. He was senior academic staff at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) and the Herzl Family Practice Centre and the Director of the Palliative care training program for 30 years, and also recently retired from his position as Associate Professor of Family Medicine at McGill Medical School. He is a fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and was the Associate Director of the McGill Cancer Prevention Unit leading the smoking cessation program. He is now the Medical Director of Santé Cannabis, the leading education and resource center for the use of medical cannabis in Quebec. Dr Dworkind is also a Board Member of Physicians for Global Survival (PGS) and its past president. PGS is the Canadian affiliate of ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Finally, Dr. Dworkind founded the original Quebec chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility Canada in 1982.