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Achievement awards

2017 Doctors Nova Scotia, CMA award nominations now closed

Nominations closed

Nominations for the 2017 Achievement Awards are now closed. Awards will be presented at the annual conference, set for June 2-3.

Nova Scotia is home to many innovative and talented physicians and this ceremony is one way the association celebrates the dedicated work of its members.

Doctors Nova Scotia members are encouraged to nominate their colleagues for these awards. The nominee should be someone who has demonstrated great dedication to the profession and has made an important contribution to health care in Nova Scotia.

Six doctors were honoured for their contributions to the medical profession at the 2016 Doctors Nova Scotia achievement awards ceremony held during last year's annual conference. 

Awards presentation

The awards will be presented at Doctors Nova Scotia’s 2017 annual conference, set for June 2-3 at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, N.S.

2018 nominations

Nominations for the 2018 Achievement Awards will open in July.


Melissa Murray
Communications coordinator
Tel: (902) 468-893 ext. 229


 L-r: Drs. Ian Morris, Alexa Bagnell, Mohan Virick, Heather Wellwood, Merv Shaw, Louise Cloutier, Robert Read. Missing Drs. Herb Orlik, Gordon Launcelott

2016 award recipients

Dr. Herb Orlik, Halifax, honoured with Distinguished Service Award 
In addition to being one of the most prestigious awards presented on behalf of the association, the Distinguished Service Award is given to a physician who has made an outstanding contribution to the medical profession and as a result, has helped many by raising the standards of the medical practice.

Dr. Heather Wellwood, Wolfville, honoured with Rural Physician of the Year Award
The Rural Physician of the Year Award is presented to a rural physician who has made an outstanding contribution to the health of individuals, to various community groups and/or to non-profit organizations in rural communities of Nova Scotia.

Dr. Alexa Bagnell, Halifax, honoured with Dr. William Grigor Award
Dr. William Grigor was the first President of Doctors Nova Scotia. Widely recognized for his contribution to the early developments of a public hospital, the Dr. Wiliam Grigor Award is presented to a physician under the age of 50 who has made an outstanding contribution benefiting the health of Nova Scotians.

Dr. Monika Dutt, Sydney, honoured with Physician Health Promotion Award
The Physician Health Promotion award is given to a physician who has made an outstanding contribution to health promotion, safety and preventative care among Nova Scotians.

Dr. Gordon Launcelott, Halifax; Dr. Ian Morris, Halifax
Doctors Nova Scotia Senior Membership Award

The Senior Membership Award is presented to physicians who in addition to practicing for many years, is also widely respected and held in high regard by his or her fellow physicians throughout the medical community and the province.

Dr. R. Allan Purdy, Halifax; Dr. Louise Cloutier, Wolfville; Dr. Robert Read, Halifax
CMA Honorary Membership Award

The recipients of the Canadian Medical Associaiton’s Honorary Membership Award has well established themselves in their medical careers by making significant contributions to their profession and wider community. Doctors Nova Scotia is entitled to only three honorary members a year and honorary members will enjoy all the rights and privileges of the association.

Dr. Mohan Virick, Sydney

Patient's Choice Award
The Patient's Choice Award recognizes physicians who embody qualities that make them an outstanding physician – qualities such as compassion, thoroughness, good listening skills and humility. The award also recognizes physicians who make significant contributions to medical research and demonstrate leadership in the areas of advocacy, community service and/or medical education. Nominations for 2016-17 Patient’s Choice Award will open in the Fall of 2016.

Awards presentation

The awards were presented at Doctors Nova Scotia’s 2016 annual conference, June 3-4 at Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa.