May 1, 2011 was the first ever Doctors’ Day in Ontario . The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Emily Stowe, the first female physician in Canada. Reza Moridi, MPP Richmond Hill, successfully introduced the motion to the Ontario Legislature last month to formally recognize the incredible work that doctors do.
In Halton, we have celebrated Physician Appreciation Week for nine years. During this week, May 2 to 6, 2011, Halton Region and local hospitals recognize physicians for their contribution to our community. The week was originally designated by the Halton Physician Recruitment program which was established in 2002 to ensure residents have access to effective health services today and in the future. Since its inception, the program has helped bring over 130 new family doctors to Halton.
Halton physicians keep our community healthy and thriving. We are fortunate to have such excellent medical care available. During Halton Physician Appreciation Week, we join together as a community to say thank you to all of Halton’s dedicated physicians.
As an additional gesture of appreciation, this year Halton Region partnered with the Doctors’ Hockey Club and the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton Halton to host Docs on Ice , an annual fundraising doctors’ hockey tournament. Doctors volunteer in the community through events such as Docs on Ice, helping to make Halton a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family and retire. The tournament brought over 900 doctors and medical students to Halton in April. With the help of local volunteers, the Docs on Ice raised $150,000 for the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton Halton.
There was a wonderful feeling of camaraderie throughout the three-day event. I know this same spirit exists among the physician community as a whole, and contributes to its success here in Halton.
Once again, thank you to all of Halton’s physicians. We very much appreciate your role in keeping Halton healthy.
To see a list of newly recruited doctors who are accepting patients across Halton, visit www.halton.ca/newphysicians. To find out more about Halton Physician Appreciation Week or Halton Region’s Physician Recruitment Program, contact Angela Sugden-Praysner, Physician Recruitment Coordinator, by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, or visit www.haltondoctors.ca .
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