Mr. Speaker, Dr. Nizar Ladha, a prominent Newfoundland and Labrador psychiatrist and mental health activist, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on November 12 at the age of 80.
St. John's, and the entire province, has lost a true friend and an advocate for vulnerable persons. Simply put, he was kind, decent and caring to all. He fought against the stigma of mental illness long before it was openly talked about, and he was a remarkable trailblazer.
Dr. Ladha practised general and forensic psychiatry for nearly 50 years, served as the president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and was an associate professor at Memorial University's school of medicine.
I am honoured to have known Nizar and can personally speak to his passion and advocacy for the dignity and respect of all persons. I send my deepest condolences to his wife, Dr. Linda lnkpen; their three sons, Justin, Michael and Jonathan; and their families. He will be remembered fondly.