Meritorious Service Cross – Delivered by the Governor General of Canada
The Meritorious Service Decorations recognize great Canadians for exceptional deeds accomplished over a limited period of time that bring honour to Canada. This award highlights remarkable contributions in many different fields of endeavour, from advocacy initiatives and health care services, to research and humanitarian efforts.
Doctors Pierre Duval and François Fassier developed the Fassier-Duval Telescoping IM System, an innovative medical tool used to treat children with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder that results in brittle bones. The global standard for this type of care, the Fassier-Duval nail has improved the well-being and gross motor functions in thousands of children, even enabling some children in wheelchairs to walk independently.
Photo credit MCpl Mathieu Gaudreault, Rideau Hall © OSGG-BSGG, 2019