Cranbrook doctor honoured

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented honours during two ceremonies on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

More than 150 remarkable Canadians were recognized for their excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service with one of the following honours: the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, an Exemplary Service Medal, a Decoration for Bravery or a Meritorious Service Decoration.

Dr. Robert Cutler of Cranbrook was recognized with a Caring Canadian Award, along with others who participated in the same rescue effort. Over the past 12 years, Dr. Cutler has travelled to Haiti 18 times in order to provide free medical care to those in need in Grand Goâve. His work has led to the establishment of a full-time clinic; in addition, an annual fundraiser has helped raise over a million dollars for medical supplies.

The Governor General presents honours on behalf of all Canadians in communities across the country to help share inspiring stories, celebrate tremendous contributions to our society and connect with Canadians. From community volunteers to astronauts, from actors to members of the military, from scholars to everyday citizens, hundreds of Canadians earn our applause and gratitude. For more information about honours or to nominate someone who inspires you, visit

About the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

Created in 1995, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. For more information or to nominate a deserving volunteer, visit

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