CFL Legend Set to Speak at 15th Annual Bob Ewert Memorial Dinner

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March 11, 2019 - 8:00am

On April 6th, 2019, the 15th Annual Dr. Bob Ewert Memorial Dinner and Lecture will feature CFL legend Michael "Pinball" Clemons as the keynote speaker.  Michael will share his inspiring story and experience in relation to teamwork, community development, and how when you put your heart into all that you do, great things can be achieved against all odds.  It is significant that Mr. Clemons story aligns with our northern BC health care journey. An inspirational presentation is anticipated.

The inaugural Dr. Bob Ewert Lecture in 2004 celebrated the birth of the Northern Medical Program to educate physicians in the north, one of the outputs of the Health Rally in 2000, where 7000 citizens of northern BC gathered to support a vision for improved health services in northern BC.  Since 2004 much has been achieved and new priorities to support the vision of adequate health services in the north have emerged. The 2019 Dr. Bob Ewert Dinner and Lecture is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of working together in northern BC to provide enhanced and sustainable medical education, medical services and healthcare. This event provides inspiration to continue working together to achieve the vision laid out in 2000, and to celebrate the induction of two heroes into the Northern Medical Hall of Fame.  The Northern Medical Society is pleased to announce the 2019 inductees are Dr. John Maile of Quesnel and Dr. David Snadden of Prince George.  The stories of these two inductees' contributions to healthcare and health education will be profiled at the event.  

Who was Dr. Bob Ewert?

Dr. Bob Ewert was born in Prince George in 1927 and graduated from the Prince George High School.  Following studies at UBC and McGill Universities and surgical training in Detroit, Dr. Ewert returned to Prince George as a Surgeon in 1961.  He was referred to as “Prince George’s first modern consultant specialist”.  Dr. Ewert was a dedicated physician with strong ties to the community and an early vision for a modern well-equipped hospital with a full complement of specialists.  His roots in the community and commitment to the development of medical services in the north stemmed from his father Dr. Carl Ewert who arrived in Prince George on the BX Paddle Wheeler in June 1913.   Dr. Carl Ewert came north in response to the physician shortage at that time and practiced as a general practitioner in Prince George until his retirement. Acknowledging Dr. Bob Ewert's vision for enhanced medical services in northern BC, the Northern Medical Society established an endowment fund in 2004, held at the Prince George Community Foundation, for a memorial lecture to be held annually as an inspiration to the community, health sector and health education programs to continue to work together to achieve on the vision of adequate health and health care services for the people of northern BC.

This event is presented by the Northern Medical Society, Northern Health and the Prince George Community Foundation and is supported by members of the community, the education and health sectors, and generous sponsors.  The Northern Medical Society (NMS) was incorporated in the fall of 1999 by a group of physicians alarmed by unsustainable losses of medical staff across the region, and serves "to safeguard and to enhance medical care in the north" by supporting education of health care professionals and service providers in northern BC. Proceeds from this year's event go to the Dr. Bert Kelly Legacy Fund established at the Prince George Community Foundation to provide health education bursaries for students in northern BC and the Dr. Bob Ewert Lecture Fund.

15th Annual Dr. Bob Ewert Memorial Dinner and Lecture

April 6, 2019

Prince George Conference and Civic Centre

5:30 pm Reception

6:45 pm Dinner and Program or

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