Governor General of Canada receives Honorary Membership to the CFPC

May 2014

(Mississauga, ON, May 9, 2014) On behalf of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), President Dr. Kathy Lawrence and Dr. Francine Lemire, Executive Director and CEO, met with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on May 8, 2014 to officially present him with Honorary Membership to the CFPC – one of the highest honours bestowed by the College.

Honorary Membership in the CFPC is conferred upon individuals of distinction in Canada who are Governor General David Johnston with Dr Kathy Lawrence,   not family physicians but are physicians or  CFPC President and Dr. Francine Lemire, CFPC Executive        members of the public. These individuals have Director & CEO made outstanding contributions to the CFPC, the discipline of family medicine, the medical profession, the health system, or the health and well-being of the population in Canada and globally.

The award recognizes the Governor General David Johnston’s work to increase public awareness and support of many issues that are recognized by the CFPC as social determinants of health: mental health, poverty, abuse, and addiction among others.  His role to address such issues through education, enhanced awareness, public service, the arts, and proactive programs to break down the stigma associated with depression and other forms of mental health issues are a few examples of the tremendous work done by His Excellency to enhance the health and quality of life of Canadians.

The Honorary Membership presentation took place at Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s official residence in Ottawa, Ontario.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) represents more than 30,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. The CFPC reviews and accredits continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licencing requirements

and lifelong learning interests.  It also accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. The College provides quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine.

First established in 1954, the CFPC is proud to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2014.

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