THE CANADIAN COLLEGE OF MEDICAL GENETICISTS:
The F. Clarke Fraser Award for Excellence in Mentorship and Teaching
AWARDED TO CHARLES R. SCRIVER
APRIL 30, 2017
I begin by expressing my thanks to the College for the recognition it is giving, and will be giving, with this newly created Award for Excellence in Mentorship and Teaching. A mentor has someone to mentor and a teacher has a student to teach. The interactions between them are influenced by both the transmitter and the receiver. At this moment, you and I are surrounded by these interactions and examples of excellence. May it always be the case.
This is the right moment to thank you, Clarke Fraser, wherever you are, for the transforming influence you have had on me during our years of working together. You are a great example of the mentor in the teacher; today we are celebrating those qualities.
In its daily business, the College (CCMG) deals with heredity or if you prefer, with genetics, at work in human populations. CCMG, the host of today’s occasion, is an agency that fosters learning about genetics; among its other activities, it monitors relationships between society and our use of genetic technologies. Heredity is a complex and subtle concept and there are many ways to describe it. Thomas Hardy, an English poet of the late Victorian era, noticed that heredity was expressed in the human face; a perception that he translated into a few memorable lines of poetry.