Canada’s first dual astronaut and aquanaut visits St. Nicholas CES

Dr. Williams with Southlake Team holding trophy

Dr. Dave Williams, President and CEO of the Southlake Regional Health Centre recently visited St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School in Newmarket and spoke to its students and staff about his incredible professional career.

The St. Nicholas school team raised the most money in this summer’s Southlake Run for a Cure. To recognize its generosity, the school was awarded with the opportunity to hear from the renowned doctor, astronaut, and aquanaut.

Dr. Dave Williams joined the Canadian Space Agency in 1992 and made two flights on the Space Shuttle. He also lived and worked in the world’s only underwater ocean laboratory in 2001, making him Canada’s first dual astronaut and aquanaut.

Dr. Dave Williams’ many awards include:

  • The Queen Elizabeth the second’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Member of Sea Space
  • A Fellowship in The Explorer’s Club
  • The NASA Exceptional Service Award
  • Honorary Board Member of Neuroscience Canada
  • Space and Life Sciences Directorate Special Professional Achievement
  • the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal
  • Rotary National Award for Space Achievement

“It was an honour to have Dr. Dave Williams address our school,” said Paul Page, Principal, St. Nicholas. “I’m so thankful and proud of the St. Nicholas team for its superb fundraising and enthusiasm. I thank our entire school community for its support.”