2017 Winner - Dr. Arlie Fawcett
Nomination from Dr. Steve Patterson: "I have worked closely with Dr. Fawcett for the last six years in my role on the executive of the PLC Medical Staff Association. Dr. Fawcett has advocated strongly for mental health patients at the local, regional and provincial levels. This statement does not adequately convey the many hours of meetings within the hospital, at the Zone Medical Administrative Committee and at the AMA Representative Forum trying to increase both the awareness and resources available for these patients. She has also presented at the regional level on safety for patients and physicians within the hospital.
Dr. Fawcett has also advocated for residents and new physicians at many levels, trying to ensure that motivated and energetic doctors have the resources to provide healthcare for all Albertans.
Dr. Fawcett has motivated and inspired many physicians, myself included to be better physicians and better people. I believe she is an excellent choice for the Advocacy Award."
In early 2010, then CAPA president Linda Slocombe suggested CAPA establish an award to present to a CAPA member who best exemplifies the spirit behind our mission statement: Advocating for physicians, caring for patients. She envisioned a plaque with the names of the award recipients presented to each doctors lounge in Calgary and to all six of our rural hospital sites.
The first recipient, Dr. Glenn Comm, was a natural choice due to his yeomans work advocating for CAPA physicians and especially his work to recognize the family doctor crisis.
The following year, former CRMSA (Calgary Regional Medical Staff Association) president, Dr. Rick Anderson received the award.
In 2012 Dr. Philip van der Merwe was honored due to his diligent work for family physicians.
In 2013 Dr. Martin Labrie was recognized for being someone who demonstrated courage under fire in pursuit of advocacy for patients and physicians.
In 2014 Dr. Lloyd Maybaum was recognized as being a tireless advocate for Alberta physicians.
In 2015 Dr. Julian Kyne was recognized as being a physician who embodies the meaning of advocacy.
In 2016 Dr. Bonnie Larson was recognized for bringing physicians of different specialties together to create ever-growing communities of practice -- all to better serve highly vulnerable patients in Calgary.
Promotion of the Advocacy Award begins each September. Nominations begin in October and the award is presented in November at the CAMSS AGM.
Past Advocacy Award Recipients
2016 Dr. Bonnie Larson
2015 Dr. Julian Kyne
2014 Dr. Lloyd Maybaum
2013 Dr. Martin Labrie
2012 Dr. Phillip van der Merwe
2011 Dr. Rick Anderson
2010 Dr. Glenn Comm