OCFP 2015 Honours and Awards

The OCFP is proud to celebrate the outstanding skill, knowledge and dedication of family doctors across Ontario through the 2015 Honours and Awards program.
"It is a great privilege to be able to celebrate the accomplishments of these exceptional family physicians, teachers and leaders,” said Dr. Cathy Faulds, OCFP 2014-15 President. “Each of them are strongly committed to providing high-quality comprehensive and coordinated care to patient and families across Ontario.”

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. Robert Algie, Fort Frances

Dr Robert Algie RFPOY Region 1 Dr. Algie has practised comprehensive rural family medicine with Nelson Medicine Professional Corporation for 35 years. At Nelson Medicine, he established the local family health team, for which he serves as lead physician. Since 1997, Dr. Algie has served as Chief of Staff with Riverside Health Centre. He also works closely with Aboriginal communities in providing primary care and consultations for nurse practitioners at the Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre. Dr. Algie works as a preceptor for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), mentoring both residents and medical school students. He ​was also an Executive Member-at-Large of the Ontario Medical Association (Rural Section) and a Board member of the NOSM. He served on the Executive Committee of the Ontario College of Family Physicians for four years before serving as President in 2009/10.

A graduate from Queen’s University in 1980, Dr. Algie completed a rotating internship with the Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1981. In 1989, he received Certification in Family Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Dr. Algie is also Family Physician of the Year for Region 1. 


Regional Family Physicians of the Year

The Regional Family Physician of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of seven OCFP members who provide exemplary care to their patients and are passionately involved in activities that contribute to excellence in family medicine.


  • Region 2: Dr. Dale Ziter, Windsor

    ziterDr. Dale Ziter was born and raised in Windsor, where he now lives with his wife, Cheryl Ziter, and their three children. He received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1982, and then completed his family medicine residency at North York General Hospital. He initially practised in central and northern Ontario before settling in underserviced Windsor, where he has practised for the past 30 years. Dr. Ziter has a large practice of 3,000 patients, for whom he provides comprehensive care with a focus on preventive care and lifestyle changes. He provides hospital care for his patients at Windsor Regional Hospital and has been the Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program in Windsor since its beginning, organizing creative new ways to train residents.

    As an active member of the Windsor business community, he was a finalist in 2015 for the Windsor Chamber of Commerce Professional Business Excellence Award. After 33 years of practice Dr. Ziter is still excited to get up and go to work – he loves looking after his patients and considers it an honour to provide the continuity of care that practising family medicine allows.

  • Region 3: Dr. Dorothy Bakker, Guelph

    Dr Dorothy Bakker RFPOY Region 3Dr. Dorothy Bakker graduated from McMaster Medical School in 1990 and completed a family medicine residency in 1992. She has practised as a rural family physician in Port Elgin, Ont. (1992–2001) and as a student health physician at the University of Guelph (since 2001). She is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster, where she has held various leadership roles, including Director of Student Affairs at the Waterloo Regional Campus, Director of McMaster Community & Rural Education (Mac-CARE) and Professional Competencies Domain Planner for the self-awareness and self-care curriculum.

    Dr. Bakker is a previous member of the Board of the OCFP, has recently completed a Master of Arts degree in leadership at the University of Guelph and regularly leads Mainpro-C workshops for the OCFP’s Leadership Development Program. This past summer she volunteered on the medical team for the Pan Am and Parapan games.

  • Region 4: Dr. Lopita Banerjee, Brampton

    Dr Lopita Banerjee RFPOY Region 4Dr. Lopita Banerjee completed her undergraduate and graduate medical degrees at the University of Toronto. After her fellowship in addictions and chronic pain, she joined her husband, Dr. Sanjeev Goel, in a family practice in Brampton in 2003.

    Dr. Banerjee is part of the primary care obstetrics group at Brampton Civic Hospital and was physician lead for almost seven years. She has been involved in several global health projects, most recently helping to establish primary care in northeast India. Her practice includes public health work, palliative care and home visits, as well as duties as a regional coroner. Dr. Banerjee is involved in residency curriculum development, teaching and training residents, medical students, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. She is honoured to receive this recognition from her colleagues and feels part of an amazing, supportive network.
  • Region 5: Dr. Philip Ellison, Toronto

    Dr Phil Ellison RFPOY Region 5Dr. Philip Ellison is a family physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University Health Network and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. As a comprehensive family physician, at various times in his career he has practised emergency medicine, intrapartum obstetrics and long-term care and has attended to hospitalized inpatients. He is currently a physician advisor to the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the Toronto Central LHIN’s Community Care Access Centre. 

    Dr. Ellison holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He holds cross-appointments to the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and to the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. In the graduate studies program he teaches Master’s level courses in leadership and management of small health organizations and in improving health care in the community.

    Since 2010 Dr. Ellison has been the Director of the Quality Improvement Program, DFCM. In 2013 he was selected as the DFCM’s Fidani Chair of Improvement and Innovation.
  • Region 6: Dr. Peter Deimling, Orillia

    DeimlingDr. Peter Deimling has practised as a broad-spectrum family physician, with his work including intrapartum obstetrics, in Orillia for almost 40 years. He has been the medical advisor to the cardiac rehabilitation program in Orillia for the past 18 years. 

    Dr. Deimling was involved in OCFP activities as a Board or committee member for over 20 years and served as President of the College in 2003/04. He has actively contributed to the development of primary care reform since the early 1990s through the OCFP, the Board of the Ontario Family Health Network, the Family Health Team Action Committee, the physician project and the Quality Improvement and Innovation Partnership Steering Committee. He was the inaugural Chair of the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario.

    Dr. Deimling was the lead for the Couchiching Family Health Team in Orillia for seven years, a time that included the renovation of a new family health team building. He currently sits on the Orillia Health Link Steering Committee.
  • Region 7: Dr. Edward Seale, Ottawa

    Dr Edward Seale RFPOY Region 7Dr. Edward Seale graduated from McGill Medical School in 1992 and moved to Ottawa to complete his residency in family medicine with a PGY-3 in emergency medicine. He worked as an emergency physician in a francophone teaching hospital until 2012; from 1997 to 2000 he also worked in a rural family practice in Bourget, Ont. He joined a group family practice in 1998 in the largely francophone Ottawa suburb of Orleans. He has taught medical students and residents and enjoys being a full-time community preceptor to family medicine residents.

    Since 2005 Dr. Seale has also worked at the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa, in charge of the community family medicine residency program, a position he now shares with another physician as the portfolio has grown.


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. Michael Kirlew, Sioux Lookout

Dr. Michael Kirlew CTOYDr. Michael Kirlew has practised rural family medicine in Sioux Lookout for the past nine years. He also travels 500 km north of Sioux Lookout to provide care to the Wapekeka First Nation. He completed his training at the University of Ottawa and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Sciences Division at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, where, along with his teaching duties, he produces study review podcasts that are used by family medicine residents across the province.

Dr. Kirlew’s clinical interests include medical education and rural-based critical care. He also works in rural Haiti and Guyana and has an interest in pediatric HIV care.

Resident Teacher of the Year

The Resident Teacher 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. Christina Cookson, London

Dr Christina Cookson RTOYDr. Christina Cookson completed her undergraduate medical training and family medicine residency at Western University. Her early interest in medical education led her to pursue a third year of residency training in academic family medicine. Dr. Cookson was awarded the PARO Trust Fund Resident Teaching Award for Western and the College of Family Physicians of Canada Resident Leadership Award in 2014. She held many leadership positions throughout her residency, including serving as a PARO general council representative and sitting on numerous postgraduate education committees. 

Dr. Cookson is currently pursuing a Master of Clinical Science degree in family medicine. She continues to be actively involved in medical education and teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels as an adjunct faculty member at Western University.

Family Practice 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.

Clarence-Rockland Family Health Team, Clarence-Rockland

Family Practice of the Year Clarence Rockland FHTThe Clarence-Rockland Family Health Team (CRFHT)
is a full-service bilingual family health team with 14 physicians, 14 interdisciplinary health providers (IHPs) and 25 administrative staff.
Clarence-Rockland is a predominantly francophone
rural community located 30 minutes from the nearest hospitals and specialists. The team works to offer everything from preventive care to acute care to over 24,000 patients. The facility provides space and support to a number of other services to allow patients to be served near their homes.

The clinic focuses on quality improvement, efficiency and performance measurement with the goal of improving patient care. To that end, physicians, IHPs and other staff are empowered to point out areas of potential improvement. Finally, CRFHT includes the patients themselves in the delivery of care and firmly
believes that the patient should be a part of the care team.

St. Joseph's Family Health Team, Toronto

St. Joseph's Family Health Team photoLocated in southwest Toronto, St. Joseph’s Family Medicine Centre was established in 1989 and has been affiliated with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto since 1992. In September 2007, St. Joseph’s opened its second site and became the Urban Family Health Team (FHT).

As an academic FHT St. Joseph’s holds strong ties to several educational institutions and is proud to have trained many generations of family medicine residents, clinical clerks and other health professionals. Its team of 21 family physicians works collaboratively with a highly committed and skilled interprofessional and administrative support team to serve a diverse and complex population across the socioeconomic spectrum. St. Joseph’s collaborates and coordinates with multiple community agencies and programs within its area to meet the varying needs of its patients.


201​5 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. Somaiah Ahmed, Orangeville, is recognized for her leadership and innovation in her duties as Chief of the emergency department at Headwaters Health Care Centre and for establishing a culture of excellence among her colleagues.

Dr. Paul Caulford, Toronto, is recognized for his exceptional work in teaching, patient care, community service and advocacy for disenfranchised populations in Toronto.

Dr. Michael Cotterill and Dr. Anjali Oberai, Wawa, are recognized for their continuing service to the community of Wawa and for their leadership, humanitarianism and innovation in founding the Family Medicine Residency program at Addis Ababa University.

Dr. Brent Elsey, Barrie, is recognized for his excellence in serving the community of Barrie, teaching family medicine residents and building local geriatric care resources.

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, Ottawa, is recognized for his unyielding commitment to addressing obesity through advocacy in policy arenas and public and continuing medical education.

Dr. Ritika Goel, Toronto, is recognized for her leadership, enthusiasm and commitment to serving the most vulnerable and marginalized populations in Toronto.

Dr. Anita Greig, Toronto, is recognized for her outstanding work in improving children’s primary care standards through the development of an evidence-based clinical tool, the Grieg Health Record.

Dr. Karen Hill, Ohsweken, is recognized for her leadership, innovation and inspirational service in providing high-quality, culturally respectful care to indigenous peoples in Canada and abroad.

Dr. Sharon Johnston, Ottawa, is recognized for her leadership in development and supporting scholarship at the Bruyère Family Health Team through her work as a family physician mentor in Ottawa.

Dr. Jonathan Kerr, Belleville, is recognized for his leadership and service as OCFP President in 2013/14 and as a member of the Board of Directors and several OCFP Committees from 2009 to 2015.

Dr. Danielle Martin, Toronto, is recognized for her leadership and service on the OCFP Board from 2009 to 2012 and for her commitment to establishing a culture of excellence in family medicine in Ontario.

Dr. David Millar, Ottawa, is recognized for his innovative work and leadership in maternal and newborn primary care and with the Monarch Centre in Ottawa.

Dr. Kerstin Mossman, Barrie, is recognized for her commitment to and innovation in the treatment of the elderly and for her ongoing service to the Barrie community.

Dr. Anwar Parbatani, Barrie, is recognized for his exceptional work, leadership and dedication in building outstanding family medicine research programs in Barrie.

Dr. Deborah Smith, Sudbury, is recognized for her five years of exceptional service to her College colleagues as the chair of the ASA Planning Committee.

Dr. David Williams, Newmarket, is recognized for his excellence and leadership in family medicine, international space medicine and mentorship of both peers and residents.

Dr. Eric Wong, London, is recognized for his outstanding contribution to and leadership in national continuing medical education programs and academic advancements in family medicine in his work with the CFPC.