The coronavirus pandemic has provided the world an abundance of villains.

Extravagant displays of incompetence, duplicity and blundering have made enemies of even the highest-profile health experts, figureheads and politicians, as the anxious and vulnerable endeavouring to navigate this crisis find some relief in blaming the leaders across the world stage.

But one individual in Canada has emerged through the COVID-19 pandemic as an unlikely super-star. Dr. Bonnie Henry is our hero.

In a New York Times profile of Henry earlier this month, it praised her as “one of the most effective public health officials in the world,” serving as an inspiration and model “for nations struggling to emerge from lockdown.”Speaking to the people of British Columbia on March 17th, at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in the province and as the country at large went into damage-control mode, Henry tendered an exhortation that would become her trademark phrase: “This is our time to be kind, to be calm, and to be safe,” she said soberly.

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Calum Marsh – National Post – June 28, 2020.

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