Honours a physician who, during his/her career, has shown initiative, leadership and involvement in projects that embody the spirit of genuine partnership and benefit the overall community. Significant contributions to support the mission of health to the community may include research, teaching, practice, and/or outreach programs.

Nominations are now closed, thank you for your interest, we hope to see you at this years event.

Previous Winners


Dr. John Andrews, Internal Medicine Physician
Fairly soon after arriving in North Bay to start his Internal Medicine Practice, with a focus on cardiology, Dr. Andrews started a community outreach to provide assistance to patients with cardiac problems. Assisted initially by Dr. Sam Stewart, the North Bay and District Cardiac Fitness Club was founded in 1977 and Dr. Andrews has faithfully supervised its leadership, week in and week out for the last 40 years. He continues to facilitate once a week at the Memorial Gardens.

This unique organization pioneered a multi-faceted program for ongoing support for cardiac patients with their broad spectrum of individual needs. In particular there was an emphasis, right from the beginning, on the importance of reducing risk factors, providing medically supervised exercise programs, educating on stress reduction, nutrition, education and enhanced fitness as a desirable goal of reducing future cardiac events and assisting members and their families back to optimal health. The club offers hope and support from a mental health perspective for patients during the critical recovery phase of their initial cardiac event. At its peak it has had 165 members.

The Cardiac Fitness Club, under Dr. Andrews direction, progressively also developed a unique sense of caring and mutual respect amongst its members…becoming like a supportive family. His availability and compassion to all has not gone unnoticed. Dr. Andrews is known as a man of few words but he’s got a big heart.

Dr. H. Grant McKercher, Care of the Elderly Physician
Dr. McKercher is a family physician who has practiced in Northeastern Ontario since 1988, initially in solo family practice (1988 – 1997) and subsequently in a focused practice in Care of the Elderly and seniors’ mental health after completing a re-entry PGY-3 year in 1998. He joined the faculty of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in 2007, recognizing the need to provide clinical teaching opportunities for medical learner who might not otherwise have exposure to a care of the elderly practice in the Northeast. In 2012, he accepted an appointment as the Coordinator, Care of the Elder, for the PGY-3 Enhanced Skills Program in the Postgraduate Education Unit at NOSM. In 2016, he was awarded a Certificate of Added Competency in Care of the Elderly from the College.

Dr. McKercher has been a stalwart in promoting and building capacity for improved health care of the elderly not only in his home base of North Bay but also across Northeastern Ontario. Whether he is wearing the “hat” of a clinician, scholar, teacher, researcher, mentor, or advocate, he embodies and exhibits the same unwavering commitment, passion and dedication.

As a clinician, Dr. McKercher has provided consultations in the community, long term care, hospital and home visit settings. He is just as comfortable working alongside a medical colleague as he is in collaboration with multidisciplinary team, patients, families and caregivers. He is well respected and regarded by his colleagues across Northern Ontario and cherished by his patients, their families and caregivers.

Whether Dr. McKercher is in his role as Head of Services for Seniors’ Psychiatry and Complex Continuing Care Service with the NBRHC, as a board member or president of the local and regional chapter of the Alzheimer Society or local champion for Behaviour Supports Ontario, he has been attuned to the importance of the advocacy for health care of the elderly. He has been a resolute and steady voice over the years, making a case for an highlighting the importance of seniors care to the highest levels of administration and has been influential in establishing the NBRHC as a leader in Seniors Mental Health in Northeastern Ontario.

Dr. McKercher has earned the respect of those that he cares for, of those he works alongside and of the community at large.


Dr. Joel Carter, Physician
Dr. Joel Carter has been practicing family medicine in North Bay for 20 years. He went to Medical School in Ottawa, and graduated from residency in 1995. He came to North Bay as a medical resident for a rotation and returned to our community to start his practice in family medicine in North Bay in 1997. Dr. Carter was Head of Family Medicine from 2003 – 2013. He has a passion for teaching, and has worked in leadership roles with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM family medicine program. He was the NOSM North Bay Site Director for North Bay program from 2007 to 2014 and during this time he was faced with numerous challenges. This includes the decline of family doctors in Northern Ontario, especially in North Bay. As a leader, he was effective in getting residents into the Family Medicine program who ultimately established practices in our community. This had a real positive effect in helping patients who were orphaned by retiring doctors and those that were looking for Family Doctors. He presented to City Counsel to increase efforts to recruit more physicians to North Bay.


Dr. Paul Preston, Medical Director & Chief of Department of General & Family Practice
Dr. Paul Preston, with his wonderful sense of humour, calm, and guidance, has been practicing in North Bay since 1986. He has worked in a wide range of settings and roles over his many years. Over and above his own family practice he was an Emergency Department Physician, physician for the North Bay Jail, Medical Director of Nipissing Manor, Assistant Professor for Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and the Primary Care Physician Lead for the North East Local Health Integration Network. Dr. Preston also volunteered with the Focus Community Coalition in presenting information to secondary school students for the prevention of harm from alcohol and drugs. His initiatives and collaborations in critical health advancements have made him a highly valued and progressive member of North Bay’s community.


Dr. Michael Leckie, Family Physician
Dr. Leckie has been practicing as a General Practitioner in his hometown since 1976. He has been a community icon for over three decades working on various projects and fundraising initiatives including YMCA/YWCA fundraising, our new state-of-the-art hospital, Cancer Care, eye nucleation and the community hospice development. His work both in the community and with his patients has impacted many. Experiencing his own cancer diagnosis in 2011 he shared his personal story via YouTube video illustrating his journey. Sharing his own story, he has touched so many loves and has empowered people to face their cancer diagnosis and live in the moment. His generosity, sense of humour, selflessness and love of life are contagious and inspires everyone around to him.


Dr. Dave Lamont, General Surgeon
Dr. Dave Lamont has received the Community Partners Program Award for his work as a community physician and fundraising for cancer research. He has worked in North Bay as a General Surgeon since 1991 and has treated thousands of patients. His clinical skills and surgical expertise are exemplary. As a clinician his primary concern is always for his patients, and as a colleague he never hesitates to assist or help when needed. Dr. Lamont has held administrative roles throughout his career including Chief of Department and Head of Service. He continues to learn and perfect his surgical skills including abdominal reconstruction and skin grafting that will improve the health and well being of community members. Dr. Lamont and his wife Sue have participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer over the last few years. Through their efforts they have raised over $31 000 to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation that support the work of the Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.


Dr. André Rivet, Emergency Medicine Physician & Family Physician
Dr. Andre Rivet has received the Community Award for his outstanding contributions to the people of this community. Dr. Rivet carries a very large family practice and his patients love him. He also carries a full-time position as an Emergency Department Physician at the NBRHC, works at the sexual health clinic once a week and also holds a circumsion clinic once a month. His work ethic motivates his peers and colleagues he works with to work as hard as they can, making everyone around him better at what they do. Dr. Rivet sees over 1000 patient’s a month, he feels a true sense of commitment to his patients and the community.