A senior scientist with Health Sciences North's Research Institute has received recognition by the Republic of Korean for his contribution in Canada.
Dr. Hoyun Lee was awarded the Order of Korea, Mogyeon Medal on Nov. 28. He accepted the award from Mr. Jeong-sik Kang, the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto.
The award ceremony was held in Seoul with the President of Korea Moon Jae-in; however, Dr. Lee was unable to attend and was presented the award by the Consul General in Toronto.
“I am extremely grateful for this recognition by the Korean government.” Lee said. “It’s an incredible honour to be recognized.”
The Mogyeon Medal is the fourth highest civilian honour in Korea.
Lee was recognized for his work as a founding member and president of the Sudbury Korean-Canadian Association, the founder and the president of Korean language school and for contributing to the improvement of Korean-Canadian relations. Over the past decade, Lee annually holds barbecue parties for Korean war veterans and their families. Lee continues to participate and volunteer in activities within the Korean-Canadian community, said a news release.
“We are very proud of Dr. Lee receiving this international recognition,” said Dominic Giroux, president and CEO of HSN and HSNRI. “He continues to contribute tirelessly to the Korean-Canadian community in Sudbury and across the country. This honour is well deserved.”
This is not the first time Lee has been recognized by the Korean government. Last year, Lee was honoured by the Korean Academy of Fine Arts for his work in cancer research in Canada.