In April 2008, Dr. G.W.N Fitzgerald, Surgeon-in-Chief at the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony, was officially invested as member of the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada is the centerpiece of Canada’s honor system and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society whose accomplishments vary in degree and scope. Dr. Fitzgerald is a very well-respected physician in the provincial, national and international surgery communities. He is currently the President-elect of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, in addition to his role in the Canadian Association of General Surgeons. He is a great proponent of continuing education in his field, and his research has been published in some of the world’s renowned medical journals. He is greatly valued for his teaching ability and has mentored many medical students over the years.