American thalidomide hero a Canadian - how cool is that?

I'm not sure - would it be right to say that it's ironic that the person who kept thalidomide from the U.S. is from Canada, where thalidomide did so much harm?

Although she turned 100 last summer, Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey — the physician and drug investigator who kept thalidomide from the U.S. market — still thinks of herself as a Vancouver Island girl. “Oh yes,” she said with emphasis in a recent interview from her daughter’s home in London, Ont. “I sure love Vancouver Island.”
— http://www.timescolonist.com/frances-kelsey-from-cobble-hill-tomboy-to-thalidomide-hero-1.1687155