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The Right Honourable Michaelle Jean Honoured by the College of Family Physicians of Canada

November 14, 2012

TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2012 /CNW/ – Members of the media are invited to
attend an address by The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Canada’s 27(th) Governor General and Commander-in-Chief, on Thursday, November 15, 2012
as she is honoured by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
as the recipient of the 2012 CFPC/Scotiabank Family Medicine Lectureship Award.  Mme Jean’s address is entitled “Transformative Interventions:
Treating the Social Determinants of Health”.  The presentation will
take place at the CFPC’s Family Medicine Forum (FMF), the premiere
family medicine conference, hosted this year in Toronto for 5,000
family physicians and other health professionals from across Canada.
FMF 2012 is co-hosted by the CFPC, its Sections of Teachers and
Researchers and the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) which
will be celebrating the 50(th) anniversary of its annual scientific assembly.

The CFPC/Scotiabank Lectureship is awarded to an outstanding national or
international figure who has contributed significantly to medicine,
family medicine, and/or the health and well-being of the population in
Canada and/or around the world.

“The CFPC/Scotiabank Family Medicine Lectureship Award acknowledges the tremendous contributions that Mme Jean has made to
populations around the world,” says Dr Sandy Buchman, CFPC President. 
“Through her role as Governor General of Canada and beyond, Mme Jean,
who also holds Honorary Membership in the CFPC, has worked passionately
to improve the quality of life for millions of individuals – residents
of women’s shelters, under-privileged populations, and people suffering
from natural disasters.  With a particular interest in empowering
youth, Mme Jean has a unique ability to bring people together through
dialogue and community engagement to enhance their lives. The CFPC is
proud to honour Mme Jean as a most deserving award recipient and to
receive her keynote address at this year’s Family Medicine Forum.”

The $10,000 award presented to Mme Jean will be donated to the Michaëlle
Jean Foundation (FMJF), which supports youth arts initiatives designed
to transform young lives and revitalize underserved communities across
Canada. Through its national network of over 700 grassroots
organizations, FMJF equips disadvantaged youth with the the tools and
drive to ignite change in urban, Aboriginal and rural communities,
through the arts.

The keynote address by Mme Jean will take place on Thursday, November
15, 2012 at 8:00-9:30 am ET at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre -
South Building.  The lecture will be followed by the presentation of
the CFPC/Scotiabank Family Medicine Lectureship Award and the donation to Mme Jean by Dr Sandy Buchman, President of the
CFPC; Dr Ralph Masi, Chair of the CFPC’s Research and Education
Foundation (REF) , Dr Calvin Gutkin Executive Director and CEO of the
CFPC and the REF and a Scotiabank representative.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS OF CANADA and THE RESEARCH AND
EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The CFPC is the voice of family medicine in Canada.  Representing over
28,000, family physician members across Canada, it is the professional
organization responsible for establishing standards for the training,
certification and lifelong education of family physicians and for
advocating on behalf of the specialty of family medicine and family
physicians.  The CFPC accredits postgraduate family medicine training
in Canada’s 17 medical schools.

The Research and Education Foundation of the College of Family
Physicians of Canada is dedicated to raising funds to recognize and
support current and future family doctors in their pursuit of the best
health for the population.

SOURCE College of Family Physicians of Canada


Source: PR Newswire