Many doctors, family planning advocates and community organizers often toil in anonymity and at great personal sacrifice while never swerving from their commitment to serve a purpose and a cause greater than themself. This award honors an individual who has dedicated his or her life in service of others and leaves a legacy of excellence that others might follow.
And diverse talents and Interests.
An incessant dreamer.
A brilliant businessman.
A first adopter of No Scalpel Vasectomy in the US, he developed the no-needle anesthetic that is the standard in North America and beyond, as well as refining instruments for the non-scalpel technique in his own basement. Through it all, he has helped men gain control over their life and fertility, while always recognizing the importance of care for women.
And having done more than 40,000 vasectomies, he has changed the face of vasectomy in Seattle, where the rate of acceptance is 3 times the rest of the country.
For his brilliance in life and work, as husband, friend and vasectomy guru, World Vasectomy Day is honored to give the Life Time Achievement Award to Dr. Charles ‘Chic’ Wilson.
She performed 10,000+ procedures over several decades.
She helped form over 100 GPs in the UK and Ireland.
She brought her precision, her passion and her expertise on missions to the Philippines, India and Nepal.
A stalwart environmentalist and humanitarian, Dr. Laurel Spooner continues to dedicate her life to leaving a kinder and more compassionate world for future generations.
Mostly what you’ll realize is that this is a man who is filled with love and hope for all of us. To quote Ron, “For what it’s worth I choose to embrace today.”
World Vasectomy Day honors Ron for all the contributions he’s made over the years to the art and science of vasectomy, for his leadership, and most of all for the men, women and families, he has taught, influenced, and empowered.
He’s also the reason that World Vasectomy Day learned of Mexico’s efforts, and through him made our first contacts with their program. Thanks to Dr. Castro Garduño, we have been able to work jointly to help promote vasectomy through Día Mundial de la Vasectomía and turn Mexico into regional and global leaders.
We at World Vasectomy Day thank you, Toño, for your friendship, and your great commitment to the doctors in Mexico, who have because of yoru passion, brought vasectomy to such a high level of success!
His unwavering commitment to vasectomy, his generosity exchanging ideas with his peers, his lifelong pursuit of excellence and innovation, and his leadership in bringing World Vasectomy Day into its first iteration as an event in 2013 at Australia’s Festival of Ideas are examples of the energy and enthusiasm that Dr. Demediuk brings to his work and to our world.
He has participated in multiple NSVI missions, each winter’s Vasectomy ski seminar, World Vasectomy Day events and not least of all, passing on his skills to the next generation, including his own daughter. It all speaks to an unsurpassed dedication to extending knowledge and practical help as we engage more and more men in a conversation about male involvement in family planning.