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Canadian Paediatric Society

Distinguished Community Paediatrician Award

The Community Paediatrics Section established the Distinguished Community Paediatrician Award in 1999 to recognize a colleague(s) who has demonstrated a significant contribution to the field of community paediatrics.

The recipient receives a commemorative award at a dinner held by the Community Paediatrics Section in his or her honour during the CPS Annual Conference.


Current recipient(s): Dr. Aven Poynter

Dr. Aven Poynter

This year’s Distinguished Community Paediatrician is Dr. Aven Poynter (Langley, B.C.), who has practised in the Langley community for 30 years. Dr. Poynter cares for kids well beyond the scope of her private consultation practice. In addition to providing general consulting and community paediatric respiratory services with pulmonary function testing, she is a consultant Paediatrician in the Ministry of Child and Family Development’s Child and Youth Mental Health team in Surrey and is a clinical assistant professor in UBC’s Department of Paediatrics. Over the years, she has continued to teach a variety of programs, such as asthma education and mental health to family physicians, medical students, family practice residents, and members of the public . She was an active Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) instructor for 25 years. She has mentored and worked with medical students from UBC as their program expanded, and has a leadership role in this now very successful program at Langley Memorial Hospital. Dr. Poynter has also distinguished herself as the diligent, self-assured president of the BC Pediatric Society, leading educational and economic  issues for Paediatricians and advocating  for children and youth.  In this role, she has become a key leader in the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative, a program committed to increasing timely access to support and services. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering in her community, particularly in programs that support people with a variety of disabilities.


The successful candidate:

  • is a paediatrician who is primarily community-based.
  • provides exemplary paediatric care in the community.
  • is involved in community paediatrics outside his/her office perhaps in a community of special needs such as street youth, drug rehabilitation, promoting healthy living within the school environment etc.
  • devotes some of his/her time and energy promoting community paediatrics either through involvement in local or national community paediatric groups or through involvement with government agencies to promote the health and welfare of children and adolescents in the community setting.
  • is involved in the academic aspects of community paediatrics, either through teaching, research or involvement in a university department of paediatrics.
  • is of a calibre that his/her colleagues recognize, in this recipient, a role model for a community paediatrician.

Current section executives are not eligible for nomination and cannot nominate candidates while serving their terms.



  • Two letters of nomination/support from two members of the Community Paediatrics Section describing the nominee’s contribution to community paediatrics, emphasizing this person’s contribution to the welfare of children in the community, is critical to the nomination.
  • A copy of the nominee’s updated curriculum vitae should be provided (limited to 5 pages).
  • Maximum of two pages of additional documents

Submit your nominations using the Submit Nomination button.


Past recipients


Dr. Rosemary Moodie


Dr. Hasmukhlal Rajani


Dr. Anthony Ford-Jones


Dr. Joseph Madden


Dr. David Wong


Dr. Denis Leduc


Dr. Moshe Ipp & Dr. Gary Smith


Dr. Andrew Lynk


Dr. Umesh Rayar


Dr. Allen Ciastko


Dr. Barrett Adams


Dr. Bill James, Dr. Lee Stickles

Last updated: Jul 12 2017