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Left: Frances SHEPHERD'64; Right: Fiona SAMPSON'81
January 6, 2016
Order of Canada Awarded to Two Branksome Alumnae
Branksome Hall is very proud to announce that two of our alumnae have recently been appointed to the Order of Canada—Frances SHEPHERD’64 and Fiona SAMPSON’81.

Dr. Shepherd, who was appointed as a Member of the Order of Ontario in 2007, has now been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada, for her achievement and service in cancer research. Dr. Sampson's appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada recognizes her outstanding work in defending the human rights of women and girls, particularly in Africa.​

Frances SHEPHERD’64—Officer of the Order of Canada

Frances Shepherd, a medical oncologist at The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, has been recognized "for her leadership in improving treatment options and outcomes for individuals with advanced lung cancer."

In addition to investigating new treatments for lung cancer, Dr. Shepherd has designed and led more than 100 clinical trials over the past 30 years. Her studies have changed treatments and outcomes for late-stage lung cancer patients at a global level. She has co-authored more than 450 peer-reviewed publications and 35 book chapters.

She has selflessly given back to the community through her voluntary membership and leadership of many international boards.

Her long list of awards includes the O. Harold Warwick prize for contributions to cancer control in Canada in 2006, the Order of Ontario in 2007, the Premier's Summit Award for Medical Research in 2008, the British Thoracic Oncology Group International Award for Contributions to Lung Cancer in 2012, a Novartis Canada oncology Award for Mentorship in 2013, and the Claude Jacquillat Award from the International Congress on Anti-Cancer Treatment in 2014.

During her time at Branksome Hall, Frances was Head Girl in her Grade 13 year. The school honoured her with the Allison Roach Alumna Award in 2011.

Fiona SAMPSON’81—Member of the Order of Canada

Fiona SAMPSON’81 is a human rights lawyer who holds a PhD in women’s equality law and serves as an appointed member of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

In 2012, Branksome Hall awarded Fiona the Allison Roach Alumna Award for her far-reaching contributions to the rights of women in Africa.

She is the CEO and founder of the equality effect, a non-profit charity that uses international human rights to seek justice for women and girls around the world. In 2013, Fiona’s team reached a landmark victory in Kenya, when the country’s High Court found that girls’ human rights were violated when the state failed to protect them from rape.

Fiona has also received many other awards for her legal work, including being appointed an Ashoka Fellow, named the 2014 Lawyer of the Year by the New York State Bar Association, named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyers magazine, and named one of the 50 “Global Heroes” by Together for Girls for working to end violence against children, with Queen Noor of Jordan and Hillary Clinton as fellow recipients.

As a school, Branksome Hall is extremely proud of the contributions that these alumnae have made to Canadian society and internationally. We extend to them our warmest congratulations on this tremendous honour and recognition by the Governor General.

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