His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston with Robert Walsh '59 and Teresa Dellar.
This fall, two special members of the Loyola Community were recognized by the Governor General of Canada with the Meritorious Service Cross.
The Meritorious Service Decorations recognize extraordinary people who make our country proud. Most often, their actions are either innovative, set an example or model for others to follow, or respond to a particular challenge faced by a community. The recipients inspire others either through their motivation to find solutions to specific and pressing needs or provide an important service to their community or country.
Robert Walsh ‘59 received the Meritorious Service Cross in Ottawa on October 6, 2016. As President and CEO of Forensic Technology Inc., Mr. Walsh was the visionary behind the Integrated Ballistics Identification System, an automated imaging and analysis program that has revolutionized the way firearm crimes are investigated worldwide. Thanks to this technology, police forces throughout the world have a common platform through which they can share vital information, helping to combat gun violence and improve public safety.
Teresa Dellar, a former Loyola parent (mother of Nicholas '14 and Jonathan '11) and recent inductee into the Loyola Hall of Merit, was recognized with the Meritorious Service Cross on November 25, 2016. Ms. Dellar co-founded the West Island Palliative Care Residence in 2002, the first facility in Montreal to offer end-of-life care in a residential setting. Thanks to her passionate leadership as Executive Director, the non-profit has received stable funding, resulting in a large expansion of the residence. The model of holistic care she created is now used in facilities across Canada.