Remembrance Day inspires doctor to take a personal approach in honouring
Canadian veterans

OTTAWA, Nov. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Laying a wreath this November 11 at the national cenotaph in Ottawa is the latest of several gestures Dr. Richard Johnston, FRCSC, has made over his lifetime to honour and remember the sacrifices made by Canadians. Continuing his personal appreciation for the efforts made by all Canadian veterans -- past and present -- is something that he is deeply passionate about. "When you hear their individual stories, the small victories, their losses, you realize that clapping once a year is not enough," he said.

In 2004, Dr. Johnston and other like-minded individuals started the Take a Veteran to Dinner Night. It was a simple but personal way to thank veterans and their spouses by treating them to dinner. This idea has extended from his hometown of Orillia, Ont., to two other cities including Ottawa where the event is in its second year.

Dr. Johnston, FRCSC, has strong family connections to military service. His father, Major William S. Johnston, MD, FRCPC, served overseas as part of the Royal Canadian Medical Corps., while his father-in-law Surgeon-Lieutenant Warren Wilkins, MD, FRCPC, served out of Halifax, N.S. in the Royal Canadian Navy. These experiences have contributed to his interest and commitment to Canadian medical and military history.

A member of Council for the past eight years, Dr. Johnston will represent the Royal College in laying the wreath to honour the service of all military men and women, including Royal College members, who have served in past and present military conflicts. The Royal College honours a legacy of service in conflicts, including World Wars I and II, Korea and currently, Afghanistan.

About the Royal College

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national professional association for specialty medicine in Canada. With over 42,000 specialists, the Royal College is dedicated to improving the health of Canadians by setting the highest standards in postgraduate medical education including lifelong learning, and to promoting sound health policy. Established by a special Act of Parliament in 1929, this year the organization celebrates 80 years of working together for excellence in specialty medicine.

SOURCE Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

For further information: For further information: and to arrange an interview contact: Sandy Shearman, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Phone: (613) 730-8177 ext. 464, Cell: (613) 614-3740, Email: sshearman@royalcollege.ca, Website: www.royalcollege.ca

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