Message from Dr. Bernard Brais, Lead, Faculty Bicentennial Volunteer Committee:


Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to you in my role as lead of the Faculty of Medicine’s Bicentennial Volunteer Committee. As many of you may know, the University will be celebrating its Bicentennial from September 2020 to December 2021. Plans are beginning to take shape at the University level, and discussions are underway at the Faculty level regarding additional activities we may wish to consider.

At this juncture, I am reaching out for your input regarding the following:

1 – One of the University’s projects is to recognize and celebrate McGill’s faculty and staff. We, therefore, need your assistance to identify McGill’s unsung heroes from the Faculty of Medicine: the faculty and staff members who have walked our halls through the ages and have helped shape our community. I understand we have lots of flexibility in our interpretation of “unsung hero.” But the idea is to recognize people who have not already received a great deal of public recognition. Each Faculty has been asked to nominate up to 15 unsung heroes. Nominees should represent all employee categories and include current and former faculty and staff members (including those who are regrettably no longer with us). The nominees selected will be featured on the Bicentennial website and a sample of them will be featured in a video montage at a McGill Faculty and Staff celebration.

We need your help in order to do this. Please think of faculty and staff members who you think deserve singling out and complete this short online form by February 8, 2019. Nominations will be reviewed by our Bicentennial Steering Committee, with the goal of submitting 15 names to the University.

2 – Additionally, at the Faculty level, we would like to highlight significant “firsts” across our schools, departments, centres, institutes and units, together with any anniversaries that will occur during the 2020-2021 timeframe. Please send these, with the relevant date, to, also by February 8, 2019.

We look forward to hearing about your unsung heroes, firsts and anniversaries! Should you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Diana Colby at


Dr. Bernard Brais

Professor, Departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery and Human Genetics

Faculty of Medicine, McGill University


January 30, 2019