OCFP 2016 Awards Recipients

The OCFP is proud to celebrate the outstanding skill, knowledge and dedication of family doctors across Ontario through the 2016 Awards program.

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. Merrilee Brown, Port Perry

Dr. Merrilee Brown - Ontario Family Physician of the YearDr. Merrilee Brown has spent nearly 20 years in Port Perry, providing care to patients in office and urgent care, obstetrics, palliative care, ER, OR assist and inpatient settings. A graduate of the Arts and Science program at McMaster University, she completed medical school at the University of Western Ontario in 1995 and residency in Ottawa in 1997. She holds faculty appointments at both Queen’s University and the University of Toronto and is an enthusiastic teacher of rural medicine and faculty development to rural preceptors.

Dr. Brown is the proud mother of two teens, Alastair, 14, and Sophie, 12. Her husband of 17 years, Steve Gray, is the director of the clinic and Family Health Team in Port Perry. When not cooking for large numbers of people or baking for her students, Merrilee is an avid skier and runner, plays French horn in two local bands and sings in the New Song Chancel choir.

Dr. Brown is also the winner of the Family Physician of the Year Award for Region 6. 

Read more about Dr. Merrilee Brown


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 1: Dr. Maurianne Reade, Mindemoya

    Dr. Maurianne Reade - Regional Family Physician of the Year

    Dr. Maurianne Reade has practised as a rural physician in Mindemoya since 2001. Following graduation from the University of Alberta and working in Western Canada, Dr. Reade found the beauty of Manitoulin Island and the collaborative model of practice irresistible. She appreciates the strengths of the rural community she calls home: patients who welcome medical learners; supportive colleagues at daily hospital rounds; a hospital auxiliary that contributed to early adoption of point-of-care ultrasound; inter-professional colleagues with whom she developed a novel wilderness medicine course; and Debajehmujig Storytellers, collaborators on medical education projects.

    Dr. Reade is an associate professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, a board member of the Physician Clinical Teachers Association and an executive member of the OMA Academic Medicine Forum and Rural Expert Panel. She earned the CCFP(EM) designation in 2012.

    Dr. Reade and her husband, Craig Maxwell, enjoy making maple syrup, canoeing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and reading.

    Read more about Dr. Maurianne Reade.
  • Region 2: Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond, London

    Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond - Regional Family Physician of the Year

    Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond was born, raised and educated in London, Ontario. Although many doctors do train away from their hometown, she found that remaining in the “Forest City” allowed her to grow deep roots and establish a diverse and vibrant family practice.

    Dr. Hammond has been involved in training medical students and residents since 1987. She accepted a full-time academic clinical teaching appointment at the University of Western Ontario in 2003 and was the first family doctor at Western to share a joint appointment with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as professor. In 2012 Dr. Hammond received the Ian McWhinney Award in family medicine and had the privilege of caring for Dr. McWhinney as a patient. She continues to be inspired by his great wisdom and his genuine care for others.

    Dr. Hammond shares this award with her family, her valuable staff and her learners, who have always kept her grounded in family medicine. Finally, she is most indebted to her patients. These people have made her happily commit the past 30 years to the discipline of family medicine.

    Read more about Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond.

  • Region 3: Dr. Margo Mountjoy, Rockwood

    Region 3 Winner Dr. Marjo MountjoyDr. Margo Mountjoy was born and raised in Ontario. She competed internationally for Canada as a synchronized swimmer. Dr. Mountjoy received her medical education and her family medicine training at McMaster University. She obtained her sports medicine specialty degree in Ottawa in 1990 and her PhD in sport medicine in Amsterdam in 2015. She holds the designation of CCFP(SEM) as well as the Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians.

    Dr. Mountjoy is the Clinical and Academic Lead of the Health & Performance Centre at the University of Guelph, where she has worked as a community sports medicine physician since 1988. She has focused her practice on elite athlete healthcare and on promoting physical activity in the community. In addition, Dr. Mountjoy has acted as national team physician for Synchro Canada for 20 years, and she is team physician for the National Endurance Training Centre (middle- and long-distance track athletes) and the national triathlon and wrestling training centres.

    Dr. Mountjoy is on faculty in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, in the Department of Family Medicine, where she teaches sports medicine, is the Director of Student & Resident Affairs and is the Accreditation Lead. In addition, Dr. Mountjoy has practised private family medicine for 25 years as a member of a Community Family Health Team.

    Dr. Mountjoy is a member of the International Swimming Federation Executive Board and carries the portfolio of sports medicine. Her area of research is in injury and illness prevention in aquatic athletes. She is also the Chair of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations Medical and Scientific Consultative Group and is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission Games Group. Dr. Mountjoy sits on the Therapeutic Use Committees of the IOC and Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and on the US Anti-Doping Agency and World Rugby Anti-doping Review Boards. She is a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency Health Medicine and Research Committee.

    Read more about Dr. Margo Mountjoy.

  • Region 4: Dr. Judy Maynard, Brampton

    Dr. Judy Maynard - Regional Family Physician of the Year

    Dr. Judy Maynard has thoroughly enjoyed being a family physician since 1981. She has loved the full scope of family medicine and the variety it allows, working in the Wilkinson Homeless shelter for five years and delivering babies until three years ago. More recently she was involved in home-based palliative care in the Brampton community. Her passion is teaching medical students and family medicine residents. She was McMaster University’s first community site director for the Family Medicine Teaching Centre at Brampton Civic Hospital from 2007 until 2010. This was an incredible opportunity to help build leadership skills.

    Dr. Maynard’s other passions include her husband of 38 years, Wils, and her two daughters, who have both recently gotten married. Dr. Maynard has two Welsh Corgi dogs and loves being on Georgian Bay whenever possible.

    Read more about Dr. Judy Maynard.

  • Region 5: Dr Cheryl Wagner, Toronto

    Dr. Cheryl Wagner - Regional Family Physician of the Year

    Dr. Cheryl Wagner graduated from McMaster Medical School in 1982 and completed her family practice residency at Toronto Western Hospital. She began her medical career in Northern Ontario as a fly-in doctor to First Nations communities. She was in Moose Factory on the edge of James Bay when the call came to take over the practice of a Toronto family physician recently diagnosed with AIDS.

    That was 30 years ago. Being present, along with a small group of other Toronto family physicians, at the beginning of a new epidemic, Dr. Wagner acquired mastery of infectious disease, patient advocacy, research tools, palliative care and community education. Her work in the community was recognized with a 2016 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.

    Dr. Wagner continues to work across medical, academic and grassroots communities. Her Toronto family practice focuses on HIV-positive people, refugee claimants and people from marginalized communities.
    Read more about Dr. Cheryl Wagner

  • Region 7: Dr. Michael Malek, Ottawa

    Dr. Michael Malek - Regional Family Physician of the Year

    Dr. Michael Malek completed his undergraduate medical degree at the University of Ottawa in 1995. Following his family medicine residency at McGill University, he joined his father, Dr. David Malek, in family practice; they worked together for 10 years. In 2008, Dr. Malek joined the Ottawa Hospital Academic Family Health Team as an assistant professor. He became actively involved in the training of family medicine residents and medical students affiliated with the University of Ottawa.

    Dr. Malek provides comprehensive primary care for his patients, with a special focus on geriatrics. He continues to attend to the care of patients at a long-term care facility and provides palliative care support to patients in the community. He is an attending physician for inpatients with the Ottawa Hospital teaching service. For over 10 years, Dr. Malek has been a Peer Assessor for the CPSO. He currently serves as Chair for a partnership of 40 academic family physicians in Ottawa.

    Dr. Malek lives in his hometown of Ottawa, supported by his wife, Andrea, and children, Noah, Jessica and Ryan.
    Read more about Dr. Michael Malek


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. Jeffrey Weissberger, Markham

Dr. Jeff Weissberger - Community Teacher of the YearDr. Jeff Weissberger has practised in Markham for over 16 years. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and completed his residency at Queen’s University. He is a lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he teaches clinical skills to first-year medical students, hosts electives for both medical students and residents, and supervises family medicine residents at the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit.

Dr. Weissberger feels that it is a privilege to watch the journey of learners from their first days of medical school to the final days of residency. To participate in their growth, to impart knowledge and experience and to ultimately call these learners colleagues is truly a thrill.


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. Jocelyn Howard, Ottawa

Dr. Jocelyn Howard - Family Medicine Resident of the YearDr. Jocelyn Howard is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa Family Medicine program, where she is currently pursuing an enhanced skills PGY-3 with a focus on addiction medicine. She completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of Western Ontario, where she was valedictorian of the Schulich Medical School Class of 2014 and received the Benjamin Weidenbaum and Cecelia Rotstein Scholarship, the J.B. Campbell Memorial Scholarship in medicine, the Dr. Henri Breault award for pediatrics, an Honour Society Award and the Kingswood Scholarship, awarded to the graduating student in medicine considered the most proficient by the authorities of the university.

In her residency, Dr. Howard took great interest in leadership, global health and promoting resident wellness. She was a chief resident, a co-resident representative of the Global Health Training Stream, and creator of the Resident Coffee House Open Mic series, and was selected to represent the Department of Family Medicine in the Residents as Leaders program. She received the Award in Education for the Health Advocate Competency and awards from the Department of Family Medicine for her scholarly project on teaching primary care providers an approach to the patient with suspected opioid use disorder.

Dr. Howard is an enthusiastic musician and singer, having completed her Bachelor of Music degree in classical voice performance at the University of Toronto. She and her husband, Adrian, enjoy playing in a band as well as running, cycling, swimming and cross-country skiing.


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.

Greenboro Family Medicine Centre, Ottawa

Family Practice of the Year Award Winner Greenoro Family Medicine Centre

Providing accessible, holistic, patient-centred care for the past 31 years, the Greenboro Family Medicine Centre (GFMC) has contributed substantially to the health and well-being of the Greenboro community. Started in 1985 by two physicians as a small clinic, GFMC has grown into a cohesive family health organization of 10 physicians, four nurses and nine administrative staff.

A culture of comprehensive primary care, including prenatal, obstetric, hospital inpatient, evening and weekend call, home visits, long-term and palliative care, existed at Greenboro long before incentive models were the norm. As the clinic has grown, the staff have continued in this tradition and have also branched out into academic pursuits: educating and training medical students, residents and other healthcare practitioners and taking leadership roles in education as well as in healthcare transformation.


2016 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. Shazia Ambreen, Alliston, is recognized for her unyielding commitment and outstanding leadership as Chief of Family Practice at Stevenson Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher, Petrolia, is recognized for his dedication, excellence and innovation in supervising and recruiting learners to his small community of Petrolia.

Dr. Ragini Gina Agarwal, Burlington, is recognized for her substantial leadership and outstanding achievement in developing the Community Health Awareness Program through Emergency Medical Services (CHAP-EMS).

Dr. Sean Blaine, Stratford, is recognized for his exceptional ongoing dedication to providing high-quality primary care to the community of Stratford.

Dr. Andre Bedard, Innisfil, is recognized for his exceptional work as a skilled clinician, community-based advocate in the Barrie area and dedicated mentor to both residents and students.

Dr. Allan Grill, North York, is recognized for his ongoing dedication and excellence in his role as Lead Physician at the Markham Family Health Team, as well as in tool development and resident mentorship.

Dr. Doug Gruner, Ottawa, is recognized for his extraordinary contribution, leadership and innovation in providing primary care to refugees.

Dr. Sandra Kane-Corriveau, Hamilton, is recognized for her exceptional clinical care, dedication to her patients and administrative leadership in both hospital settings and the Hamilton community.

Dr. Linda Lee, Kitchener, is recognized for her longstanding clinical leadership and innovations in dementia management in primary care through her work with the Memory Clinic.

Dr. Melanie Mar, Huntsville, is recognized for her commitment to the community of Huntsville and her ongoing innovation and forward thinking in primary care delivery and leadership.

Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Oakville, is recognized for her ongoing excellence in her role as Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region and her dedication to teaching.

Dr. Upender Mehan, Kitchener, is recognized for his continuing exceptional dedication to providing comprehensive care to the community of Kitchener-Waterloo.

Dr. Paul Pageau, Ottawa, is recognized for his longstanding dedication to developing and delivering emergency medicine education in Ontario, as well as in Rwanda and Ethiopia.

Dr. Pauline Pariser, Toronto, is recognized for her exemplary leadership in championing health system integration in her roles as Primary Care Lead for the University Health Network and Lead for the Mid-West Toronto Health Link.

Dr. Kevin Pottie, Ottawa, is recognized for his extraordinary contribution, leadership and innovation in providing primary care to refugees.

Dr. Michael Roberts, Toronto, is recognized for his ongoing vital contributions to medical education at the University of Toronto in the areas of teaching, educational scholarship and curriculum development.

Dr. Daniel Soong, Toronto, is recognized for his exceptional contribution to building resources for Ontario’s family medicine residents through the OCFP Residents Survival Guide Website.

Archive of Award Winners

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