Canadian astronaut Dave Williams was one of four selected to the space program after the Canadian Space Agency announced it was accepting applications in 1992.
An emergency room doctor, Williams grew up in the Montreal suburb of Beaconsfield and had the dream of being an astronaut since he first saw, on a black-and-white TV, Alan Shepherd launch into space aboard the Mercury rocket. The year was 1961.
Williams flew on two missions: in 1998 aboard STS-90, and aboard STS-118 in August 2007. Williams performed three spacewalks on his last mission, the most of any Canadian astronaut. Williams also holds the distinction of being the first Canadian to hold a senior management position within NASA when he was the agency’s director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate. Williams is currently president and CEO of the Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ont. Catherine Clark spoke to Dave Williams in Newmarket.
Born into political life in Ottawa, Catherine Clark is no stranger to being in the public eye. As founding host of CPAC’s popular weekly television show Beyond Politics, Catherine interviews Members of Parliament, Premiers and people of influence to reveal the personal, human side of public life. Catherine is also a sought-after public speaker and emcee, and writes the “Giving Back” column for Ottawa at Home Magazine, profiling people who are improving the lives of their fellow citizens.