“He instilled hope in people.”
Dr. Gustave Gingras graduated from The University of Montreal medical school in 1943 and would go on to become one of the greatest names in Canadian medicine. Gingras's work with paraplegics at the Veteran's hospital in Montreal led to him establishing the "l'Institut de réadaptation" (rehabilitation) in Montreal and later through his work with the Red Cross and the United Nations, he established similar centers in Morocco, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Numerous awards were bestowed upon Gingras including the Companion of the Order of Canada, Companion of the Order of Malta, the Royal Bank of Canada Prize, the Albert Lasker Prize and the FNG Starr Prize of the Canadian Medical Association. Suffering from a degenerative neurological disorder, in the last years of his life, Gingras himself practiced the most important lesson that he gave us: "Never give up and focus on remaining abilities rather than on those lost."