Guest Speaker: Dr. Ken Hedges CStJ, MSc, MB, ChB, DTM&H, MFPH, FRGS
Dr. Ken Hedges is the last surviving member of the four-man crossing party of the “British Trans Arctic Expedition” of 1968-1969.
On return from the Arctic Ken undertook postgraduate studies in Occupational Medicine and Public Health. He returned to Army HQ Northern Ireland as Senior Specialist in Army Health prior to his migration to Canada where he held a number of administrative appointments in provincial government and private industry and for a brief time served with the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserve). Ken worked in a voluntary capacity as Deputy Chief Surgeon for St John Ambulance Canada and contributed to a number of publications of the Order of St John. He was subsequently advanced to the rank of Commander in the Order of St John (CStJ). During the later part of his career, Ken returned to clinical work as a Family Doctor until his retirement from active clinical practice in 2006 when he was accorded Emeritus status from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario in recognition of more than 25 years of exemplary medical service, a good proportion of which has been spent in under serviced communities of Northern and Central Ontario. In 2010, Ken was appointed by the Minister of National Defence to serve as the first Honorary Colonel of Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre (CFHSTC).