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Canadian Paediatric Society

Honorary Membership

Honorary Membership recognizes individuals who support the mission of the CPS.

Recipients receive complimentary CPS honorary membership (effective the following membership year), complimentary registration to the CPS Annual Conference for life, as well as all other membership benefits enjoyed by CPS associate members.

The award is presented during the CPS Annual Conference.


Current recipient(s): Ms. Janet Austin

Ms. Janet Austin

For extraordinary leadership as a community health advocate and unstinting commitment to children and youth in Canada, Janet Austin receives Honorary Membership in the CPS. As CEO of the YWCA in Metro Vancouver, Ms. Austin has been responsible for one of the country’s largest and most diversified non-profit organizations. A proud champion of social pediatrics, her work has included the provision of affordable housing for single mothers and children, services for women leaving violence, child care, food and nutrition, support for youth transitioning from foster care, assistance for immigrants and refugees, and legal, education and employment services. Through a long history of community service, she has advocated for policy reforms that address the systemic causes of poverty and inequality. More recently, she has worked to address the impact of sexualization of girls and hyper-masculinization of boys through research, advocacy and broad-based community engagement. The CPS has benefited from her vast experience of health and social engagement. As the first public member on the CPS Board of Directors, Janet has generously shared her extensive contacts and connections, helped to strengthen our national voice, and provided insight on issues such as universal child care, early child development, poverty and family policy.

Current recipient(s): Dr. Leslie Rourke

Dr. Leslie Rourke

Dr. Leslie Rourke (St. John’s, NL) creator of the Rourke Baby Record—simply known as “the RBR” by thousands of primary health care providers who use it every day—receives Honorary Membership in the CPS. First launched in 1985, the RBR is an evidence-based health maintenance record that is now the gold standard for tracking health and development in children 0 to 5 years old. Endorsed by the CPS, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Dietitians of Canada, it is rigorously updated every 3 years. Dr. Rourke, Professor Emerita of Family Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland, is a renowned health advocate and researcher. Her expertise in the area of preventive care is regularly sought by governments at all levels and her influence has advanced child health in Canada over many years.


  • Nominees are individuals who may not normally be eligible for membership, but who have dedicated their time to caring and advocating for children and youth. Candidates must be Canadian residents but need not be CPS members.
  • The Membership Subcommittee will judge candidates based on their contributions to advancing the health of children and youth by nurturing excellence in health care, advocacy, education and research.

Nominations will be held for two consecutive years but must be formally resubmitted following the two year period to be reconsidered. The Membership Subcommittee reserves the right to limit the number of honorary memberships granted each year.

Current voting members of the CPS Board of Directors and Membership Subcommittee members are not eligible.



Submissions must include:

  • Letters from both the nominator and seconder, both of whom are CPS members, describing how the nominee meets the above criteria.
  • An updated curriculum vitae for the candidate.

Submit your nominations using the Submit Nomination button.


Past recipients


The Honorable Margaret McCain


Mr. Ken Dryden


Mr. Sid Stevens


Mr. Raffi Cavoukian


The Honourable Michael Kirby


The Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia


Father Emmett Johns


Senator Landon Pearson


William Cochrane, MD

Last updated: Jul 12 2017