Blatherwick retiring from chief health post (4:25 p.m.)
Well he’s earned it but I am going to miss him. There are very few public servants at any level of government here who have such a straightforward approach to getting the truth out there.
He’s been chief medical health officer for Vancouver coastal since 1984.
Since then, Blatherwick has racked up accolades for establishing the largest needle exchange program and first supervised injection site in North America; creating the Pine Street (now Pine Free) Youth Clinic; and campaigning for safer sex at the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
He claims his biggest achievement was reducing the public’s exposure to second-hand smoke.
He … received the Order of Canada in 1994 for his work in public health and an award as a Canadian Health Hero from the Pan American Health Organization in 2002. He was also the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.