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Five physicians, one community group celebrated by medical profession

Monday, June 4, 2012

Dartmouth, N.S. – Five exemplary physicians and one outstanding community group were honoured during Doctors Nova Scotia’s annual conference on June 2. 

This year’s honoured physicians were Drs. David Marsters, Port Williams; Louis Fernandez, Halifax; Richard Hall, Halifax; Winston Parkhill, Halifax; and Dora Stinson, Halifax.

“These awards recognize the innovative and talented physicians we have in Nova Scotia,” said Dr. John Finley, President Doctors Nova Scotia. “I am proud to be able to acknowledge the outstanding work of my colleagues and share their accomplishments with the rest of the province.” 

The award winners’ contributions range from Dr. Marsters’ initiatives to improve the care of people affected by stroke, to Dr. Hall’s ground-breaking work in academic critical care medicine in Nova Scotia, to Dr. Sinton’s selfless dedication to premature newborns.

“There are many physicians in the senior category of Doctors Nova Scotia who deserve this award,” commented Dr. Louis Fernandez, winner of the Doctors Nova Scotia Senior Membership Award. “To be chosen is a great honour and I am extremely humbled by it.” 

In addition to recognizing physicians, the association also awarded Friends of Ellenwood Park with Doctors Nova Scotia’s Strive Award. Friends of Ellenwood Park is a committee that works to oversee off-season recreation use at Ellenwood Provincial Park in an effort to increase and promote healthy lifestyles in that community. The group consists of more than 20 volunteers who advocate for many forms of active transportation and outdoor physical activities at the park.

“Receiving this award is validation that we are on the right track with providing programs and opportunities that will encourage our communities to engage in physically active lifestyles,” said Stephen Sollows, past chair of Friends of Ellenwood Park.

“We are confident that having these types of resources in our area will encourage adventurous and active lifestyles for people of all backgrounds, ages and cultures,” he added.

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Doctors Nova Scotia has honoured five physicians and one community group during its annual conference on June 2. Drs. David Marsters, Louis Fernandez, Richard Hall, Winston Parkhill, and Dora Stinson, were honoured for their exemplary contributions to their communities and the medical field. 

The community award was given to Friends of Ellenwood Park, a committee that works to oversee off-season recreation use at Ellenwood Provincial Park in an effort to increase and promote healthy lifestyles in that community. Dr. John Finley, President, Doctors Nova Scotia, said it was an honour to recognize Friends of Ellenwood Park for the role they play in advocating for many forms of active transportation and outdoor physical activities in their community.

Doctors Nova Scotia is the professional association representing all doctors in the province. It is the oldest medical association in Canada. The association represents about 3,500 physicians including practicing and retired physicians, residents and medical students.