Outstanding physician-politician, Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell to receive CMA's Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Action

    OTTAWA, Aug. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell has been
recognized with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) 2009 Sir Charles Tupper
Award for Political Action in recognition of her tireless efforts to educate
government, policymakers and the public and to advance healthy public policy.
    Marilyn Trenholme Counsell's many public roles were firsts for women
physicians - member of the New Brunswick legislature and cabinet minister, the
province's 28th Lieutenant-Governor, and member of the Senate of Canada. In
each role the family physician demonstrated exemplary leadership by advocating
for public policy that improves the lives of Canadians and their families.
    "The exceptional leadership of Dr. Trenholme Counsell, her hard work and
her unwavering commitment to advocate at both the federal and provincial level
in pushing for critical improvements in the health care system are a model for
others to emulate," said CMA President, Dr. Robert Ouellet.
    "Throughout my life, I have thought only about serving my fellow
citizens, never expecting tributes or awards. In my medical practice and in
public life, opportunities have been limitless to make a difference", said Dr.
Trenholme Counsell. "I believe that Sir Charles Tupper, who practiced medicine
in Amherst, Nova Scotia, a few kilometres from my home in Sackville, New
Brunswick, would have shared this belief. His example lives on."
    Elected three times to the NB legislature, in the 1990s she became the
province's first Minister of State for the Family. She played a leading role
in organizing the first Atlantic Symposium on Community Action for Children
and Youth, which drew 1,100 participants. She also participated in the
Canada-US Women's Health Forum. Her leadership earned the province a United
Nations International Year of the Family Award in 1995.
    During her six years as New Brunswick's Lieutenant-Governor, she promoted
early childhood initiatives and was a champion for literacy. With her
appointment to the Senate in 2003, Canadian physicians gained an advocate who
advanced such issues as health protection and promotion in Canada; health
human resources; and the social determinants of health, especially early
childhood learning and care. She was a key supporter of CMA's Child Health
    Following her retirement from the Senate in 2008, she was appointed to
the board of the Council on Early Childhood Development and accepted a
teaching position (political leadership in Canada) at Mount Allison
    "In public life, I have dedicated myself to early childhood development,
in the belief that each child has the right to reach her/his potential with
society's support for all who care for them", she added.

    The Sir Charles Tupper Award was created to recognize physicians who
demonstrate exemplary leadership, commitment and dedication to the cause of
advancing the policies, views and goals of the CMA at the federal level. Dr.
Trenholme Counsell will receive the CMA's 2009 Sir Charles Tupper Award for
Political Action at a special ceremony on Wednesday, August 19 at the
Association's 142nd annual meeting to be held at the TCU Place in Saskatoon,

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