OCFP 2017 Awards Recipients

The OCFP is proud to celebrate the outstanding skill, knowledge and dedication of family doctors across Ontario through the 2017 Awards program. The recipients exemplify the vital work family doctors do to help keep Ontarians healthy.

Ontario Family Physician of the Year

The Family Physician of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding CFPC family physician member from Ontario who exemplifies the best of what being a family doctor is all about, including exceptional care of patients combined with a significant contribution to the health and well being of communities and society in general.  The award is named in honour of Dr. Reg L. Perkin, College of Family Physicians of Canada Executive Director from 1985 to 1996. The Reg L. Perkin winner is chosen from the Regional Family Physician of the Year award winners.

Dr. Michael Lee Poy

Dr. Michael Lee-Poy, Kitchener-Waterloo

Dr. Lee-Poy is a family physician in Kitchener-Waterloo and an associate clinical professor with McMaster University’s Department of Family Medicine. He has a passion for medical education and completed an academic family medicine fellowship on teaching and research. He holds teaching and leadership roles at both the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine’s Waterloo Regional Campus and McMaster University’s Department of Family Medicine Kitchener-Waterloo Family Medicine Residency Teaching Site.

Dr. Lee-Poy also has an interest in advocacy, especially regarding LGBTQ health. He recently developed an online educational module on transgender health for medical learners with the assistance of a grant from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Lee-Poy is also a proud father of three young children and enjoys playing hockey in his spare time.


Regional Family Physicians of the Year

The Regional Family Physician of the Year Award recognizes seven physicians - one from each region of the province - who provide exemplary care to their patients and are passionately involved in activities that contribute to excellence in family medicine.


  • Region 1: Dr. Nancy Woods, Timmins

    Dr. Nancy Woods

    Dr. Woods and her partner, Dr. Larry Malo, have practised family medicine in Timmins for over 30 years. During that time, Dr. Woods served on the OCFP Annual Scientific Assembly as a member, vice chair and chair. She has chaired the Perinatal and Palliative Care committees and was vice president of the medical staff at the Timmins and District Hospital. She is the medical director of the Oncology Program and is the on-site consulting physician at that hospital. She was the acting medical officer of health for the Porcupine District (1995–97 and 2005–07), helped start the Timmins Family Health Team and served as head of its IT committee.

    Dr. Woods was the site director for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine Postgraduate Family Medicine Program. In that capacity, she designed one of the first longitudinal curriculums in Canada.

    Despite Dr. Woods’ busy career, she and Dr. Malo raised four accomplished daughters and ran a bed and breakfast for seven years. She still plays and coaches ringette, and enjoys whitewater paddling, foraging and nature photography. 

  • Region 2: Dr. Kathryn Anne Bailey, Chatham

    Dr. Kathryn Bailey

    Dr. Bailey moved with her family from their farm in Chatham to attend medical school in Toronto in 1980. She completed her residency at Toronto General Hospital. The family returned to Chatham in 1986, where Dr. Bailey joined a family practice and her husband, Dan Blonde, resumed farming.

    In 2010, Dr. Bailey’s practice went electronic, converting charts that went back as far as 1947, and she joined the Thamesview Family Health Team. Thamesview is affiliated with the Schulich School of Medicine at Western University, where Dr. Bailey is an adjunct professor. A number of her students and residents have joined Thamesview.

    Dr. Bailey’s practice has been truly “womb to tomb” and, for 25 years, included regular ER shifts. As an “old-fashioned GP,” Dr. Bailey has now looked after up to five generations of some families, providing obstetrics, hospital care, home visits and hospice care. She recently split her patients with a younger colleague, enabling her to spend more time on the farm and with her family.

  • Region 4: Dr. Brian Klar, Woodbridge

    Dr. Brian Klar

    Dr. Klar has had the privilege of building a comprehensive family practice in Woodbridge following completion of medical school and residency at the University of Toronto in 1985. He derives immense satisfaction from caring for patients in varied community settings and from supporting them at meaningful times in their lives. Mentoring learners in their formative years has become a passion that has further enriched his career.

    Dr. Klar credits his years working in the ER at the Etobicoke General Hospital for strengthening his clinical skills and affording him the opportunity to work with many great people. His connection with the William Osler Health System nurtured several leadership opportunities, including Professional Staff Association president, site director for the McMaster Family Medicine Residency Program and currently chief of the Department of Family Medicine. 

    Dr. Klar appreciates the ongoing support of his colleagues and patients. He extends special thanks to his wife, Karen, and his children, Brahm, Andrew and Erin.

  • Region 5: Dr. Paul Caulford, Scarborough

    Dr. Paul Caulford

    Dr. Caulford has practised family medicine in Scarborough for his entire 39-year career. While completing his MD he also earned a Master’s degree in neurophysiology from the University of Toronto at The Hospital for Sick Children. 

    Dr. Caulford’s clinical practice centres on ensuring healthcare access for medically uninsured refugees, migrants and immigrants. In 1999, while chief of family and community medicine at The Scarborough Hospital, he cofounded the Community Volunteer Clinics for uninsured people newly arrived in Canada. In 2015, he cofounded the Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Healthcare, which provides free medical and dental care to new Canadians otherwise denied access. In 1991 Dr. Caulford became the founding program director of the Family and Community Medicine Residency Program at The Scarborough Hospital, University of Toronto. In 2005 he was instrumental in establishing the Urban Outreach Health Centre, the first fully functional academic teaching unit at The Scarborough Hospital. 

    Dr. Caulford and his wife, Marta, have five children and five grandchildren. His passions outside of family and medicine include astronomy and fly fishing.

  • Region 6: Dr. Kathy Barnard-Thompson, Cobourg

    Dr. Kathy Barnard-Thompson

    Dr. Barnard-Thompson graduated from Queen’s University with a BSc(H) and from the University of Ottawa with a Master’s degree in health administration. After working in administration at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital (now Providence Care), she entered the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1998 and completed her Rural Family Practice Residency under the tutelage of 2016 OCFP Family Physician of the Year Dr. Merilee Brown. Dr. Barnard-Thompson has been enjoying the full spectrum of family practice since 2004 with the Northumberland Family Health Team and Northumberland Hills Hospital, including inpatient, palliative, nursing home, obstetrical and primary care.

    Dr. Barnard-Thompson’s passions include teaching and family practice obstetrics. She is a preceptor for Queen’s University family practice residents and a Neonatal Resuscitation Program instructor. She has been chief of the Maternal Child Program at the Northumberland Hills Hospital since 2010. This interest will soon take her to Guatemala for an educational healthcare exchange project aimed at improving maternal, newborn and child health in indigenous Mayan communities.

    Dr. Barnard-Thompson lives in Cobourg with her husband and son and enjoys travel, golfing and running an occasional half marathon.

  • Region 7: Dr. Christiane Kuntz, Ottawa

    Dr. Christiane Kuntz

    Dr. Kuntz has been an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa, since 1994. She has been in solo family practice in the same location since 1984 and began teaching family medicine residents shortly thereafter. She feels honoured to have cared for some of her patients since 1981, when she began her training in family medicine. In 2000, she undertook part-time clinical consulting in mature women’s health at the Ottawa Hospital Shirley E. Greenberg Women’s Health Centre and established a mood disorders clinic there in 2005. Dr. Kuntz directs the gynecology section of the University of Ottawa family medicine resident curriculum.

    Since 2005, Dr. Kuntz has been involved in the development and implementation of the skills transfer portion of the Ontario Benign Uterine Conditions project, which includes teaching primary care providers to perform office-based women’s health procedures. She also teaches women’s health topics on continuing medical education cruises for physicians and nurse practitioners.

    Dr. Kuntz enjoys travel, bridge, reading, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, the outdoors and entertaining. She and her partner, Milo, are building a log cabin on Muskrat Lake.


Community Teacher of the Year

The Community Teacher of the Year Award celebrates excellence in a community family medicine preceptor. This award is nominated by Ontario’s family medicine residents and medical school students. 

Dr. Robin Kennie

Dr. Robin Kennie, Perth

Dr. Kennie was raised in Nanaimo and graduated from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. After completing several rural rotations during medical school and getting a feel for small-town medicine, he headed east to Thunder Bay for residency. Dr. Kennie spent 10 years in the North as both a family practitioner and an ER physician. He also took on the role of family practice site director for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Dr. Kennie moved to Perth in 2009. There, he was able to open a family practice in an underserviced area and work several shifts a week in the ER (eventually becoming the department head), but most importantly, he was able join the Eastern Regional Medical Education Program and is now its medical director.

Dr. Kennie has enjoyed teaching, and learning from, his students over the past 17 years and is humbled that they have enjoyed their experiences enough to nominate him for this award.


Family Medicine Resident of the Year

The Resident of the Year Award recognizes outstanding teaching skills and commitment to education among family medicine residents currently enrolled in a family medicine residency program in Ontario. 

Dr. Candi Flynn

Dr. Candi Flynn, Clinton

Dr. Flynn recently completed both her rural family medicine residency and a fellowship in the Enhanced Skills for Rural Medicine Program through McMaster University. She holds a Master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from Western University and completed her undergraduate medical degree at the University of Toronto. While in residency, she served as a co-chief resident of the program.

Dr. Flynn’s passion for advancing medical care for underserved people has taken her to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, and Banda Aceh, Indonesia. She received both the Rural Resident Leadership Award and a scholarship from the Dundas Rotary Club for the advancement of global health for this work. Her second passion, encouraging rural students to pursue medicine, inspired her to complete her residency research project with a teenager from Mount Forest. Their research was selected as one of two winning projects at McMaster’s Rural Research Day.

Dr. Flynn lives with her husband, Jason, in Huron County and is working as a locum physician in three rural Southwestern Ontario communities. 


Family Practices of the Year

The Family Practice of the Year Award celebrates the accomplishments and hard work of the members of selected family practices in delivering comprehensive services and continuity of care for their patients.

For 2017, two Practices were selected for this Award.

Northeastern Ontario Medical Offices, Sudbury

Neomo October 2017

The staff and physicians at the Northeastern Ontario Medical Offices in Sudbury are honoured to be named the 2017 OCFP Family Practice of the Year.

It is a lifetime achievement to be recognized for decades of service to our patients and community that has always embraced the fundamentals of comprehensive care delivered with respect for both the mind and the heart. We are a community of health providers who are grounded in our patient stories of challenges, fear, hope and love.

We believe that remaining “forever beta” has allowed us the unique opportunity to approach the limitations we see in healthcare with innovation, a healthy respect for change and the need to do more with less. We are the little engine that could.

Sherbourne Health Centre, TorontoSherbourne Health Centre

Sherbourne Health Centre is a downtown Toronto health agency providing holistic primary care, mental health services, health promotion and education, outreach, social supports and more. Sherbourne’s doors are open to everyone, with a focus on the LGBTQ community, homeless and under-housed people and newcomers to Canada, whose complex needs are often not met by traditional healthcare.

Sherbourne combines high-quality clinical care with responsive, culturally appropriate community development programs that bring low-barrier services to the people who need them most.

Sherbourne’s family practice is an interdisciplinary primary care team that includes medical and nursing care, chronic disease prevention and management, mental health counselling, community support, nutrition counselling and medical administration. Team members participate fully in all care team activities, such as rounds, planning meetings, quality improvement initiatives and professional development.

Sherbourne provides cultural competency development to equip staff to practise from an anti-racism, anti-oppression framework that is known for being respectful and queer-positive. Sherbourne’s practice environment empowers its clinical teams to work to their fullest scope to provide personalized, focused care to clients.


2017 Award of Excellence

The Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding contributions in a specific area pertaining to the specialty of family medicine: patient care, community service, hospital or health-care institutions, College activities (CFPC or OCFP), teaching, research or other elements of the academic discipline of family medicine. 

Dr. Marianne Belau, Barrie, is recognized for her exceptional leadership in creating the Barrie Palliative Care On-Call Group and her outstanding advocacy for the provision and improvement of palliative care in the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN.

Dr. Darren Cargill, Windsor, is recognized for his extensive leadership in palliative and end-of-life care, acting as the voice of hospice palliative care in Windsor, and for advocating for better publicly funded access to palliative care under Dan’s Law.

Dr. Heather Dixon, Kitchener, is recognized for her exceptional ongoing leadership and dedication to providing high-quality primary care and for co-founding the Centre for Family Medicine Health Team in her community of Kitchener.

Dr. Scott McKay, London, is recognized for his expertise in developing and championing quality improvement initiatives in Ontario through the Quality Improvement Project, and for his exemplary leadership in medical education as a teacher and mentor.

Dr. Brian Morris, Barrie, is recognized for his leadership and dedication in the delivery of palliative care through the implementation of effective new care initiatives and in his role as medical advisor for Hospice Simcoe.

Dr. Sohil Rangwala, Ottawa, is recognized for his commitment, mentorship and guidance in resident advancement and education and for his leadership in improving the quality of the resident experience.

Dr. Jillie Retson, Kenora, is recognized for her steadfast dedication to improving the quality of healthcare in her community and catalyzing positive change through the formation of the Kenora Area Health Care Working Group.

Dr. Lawrence Schmidt, London, is recognized for his exceptional commitment to his patients and family medicine and for his dedication to moving the population toward a healthier lifestyle as co-founder of the Canadian Academy of Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr. Leslie Shanks, Toronto, is recognized for her exceptional leadership and ongoing work with marginalized communities, modelling exemplary patient-centred care, and for her tireless humanitarian work internationally with Doctors Without Borders.

Dr. Angela Varrin, Renfrew, is recognized for her commitment to compassionate, palliative care and for her outstanding leadership in her work as a comprehensive primary care physician in her community of Renfrew. 

Archive of Award Winners

To see winners from previous years, please visit our Awards Archive.