Local Physicians Recognized for Their Contributions to Health Care

Dr. Stewart Kennedy and Dr. Gord Porter
Dr. Stewart Kennedy EVP Medical, Academics, & Regional Programs at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (our Hospital) and Dr. Gordon Porter, former Chief of Staff at our Hospital and current Interim VP, System Transformation, Integration and Quality at the North West LHIN are among the local physicians that were recognized by this year’s OMA Awards Program.

Founded in 1921, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) Awards Program recognizes the work of physicians, residents and medical students in Ontario. Individuals are awarded for outstanding contributions of service to the OMA, the medical profession, medical science or the common good.

Award recipients are celebrated annually at the OMA awards ceremony, held at the Annual General Meeting in spring, or through local events dependent on the award category.

Several physicians based in Thunder Bay were recognized this year for their contributions and dedication to health care.

CMA Honorary Membership Award for Ontario Members: The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Honorary Membership is awarded to those members who have made outstanding contributions to the CMA on its Board of Directors, Committees, General Council or to Canadian medicine. CMA Honorary members from Ontario are nominated by the Board of Directors of the OMA, and elected by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of the CMA. Members will have reached the age of 65 and have been active members of the CMA for the preceding 10 years

Recipients: Dr. Stewart Kennedy and Dr. Gordon Porter

Glenn Sawyer Service Award: The Glenn Sawyer Service Award is awarded in recognition of significant service to the OMA, medical profession, or public at the community level.

Recipient: Dr. Paul Debakker

OMA Life Membership: OMA Life Membership is awarded to those members who have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Association in the interest of the medical profession. In addition to OMA-related involvement, work done to advance medical science and other positive work done at the provincial level can be considered.

Recipients: Dr. Geoffrey Davis and Dr. Stewart Kennedy