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Canadian Paediatric Society

Life Membership

Life Membership is an honour reserved for members who have made a significant contribution to the CPS. Life members have demonstrated tremendous dedication to advancing the health of children by supporting the work of the CPS.

Recipients receive complimentary life membership in the CPS (effective the next membership year), complimentary registration to the CPS Annual Conference for life, complimentary registration to the Lifelong Learning in Paediatrics courses each year, as well as all other membership benefits enjoyed by Fellow members of the CPS.

The award is presented during the CPS Annual Conference.

Current recipient(s): Dr. Andrew Lynk

Dr. Andrew Lynk

Dr. Andrew Lynk receives CPS Life Membership for his years of hard work and leadership. Dr. Lynk practiced as a community pediatrician in Cape Breton for over 25 years and is now Chair of Pediatrics at the IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University. Dr. Lynk has a longstanding history with the CPS. He has served as a board member representing Nova Scotia, as a president of the Global Child and Youth Health Section and in 2013 was the CPS President.  He served as the chair of the Action Committee for Children and Teens for ten years and was the founder of the CPS Status Report. He is currently the chair of the Leadership Development Committee and an assistant editor of Paediatrics & Child Health.

Current recipient(s): Dr. Robin Williams

Dr. Robin Williams

Dr. Robin Williams, a champion of the early years, is being awarded CPS Life Membership for her outstanding work in the area of early childhood development. A paediatrician and a public health physician, Dr. Williams is currently a Special Advisor to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario. She spent the first half of her career as a paediatrician in Niagara and went on to become the Medical Officer of Health for Niagara Region (1995 to 2011). Dr. Williams is a former CPS President (2015-16) who took on an active role in promoting children’s literacy and advocating for a federal child and youth health commissioner. She is currently chair of the CPS Early Years Task Force and a member of the Leadership Development Committee.


The Membership Subcommittee will judge candidates based on:

  • Time spent volunteering on the CPS board, committees, and/or sections;
  • Volunteering as a spokesperson for the CPS;
  • Advocating on behalf of the CPS;
  • Promoting the CPS and its work.

Nominations will be held for two consecutive years but must be formally resubmitted following the two year period to be reconsidered. A maximum of two life memberships will be granted per year.

Current voting members of the CPS Board of Directors and Membership Subcommittee 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


Dr. Marie Gauthier


Dr. Susan Tallett


Dr. Ann Jefferies


Dr. Heather Onyett


Drs. Joanne Embree, Scott Halperin, Dorothy Moore and David Scheifele


Drs. Jean-Yves Frappier and Richard Stanwick


Drs. Noni MacDonald, Douglas McMillan and Gary Pekeles


Dr. Bob Issenman


Drs. Emmett Francoeur, Danielle Grenier and Denis Leduc


Drs. Jack Holland and John Watts


Drs. Elizabeth Ford-Jones, Elizabeth Hillman and Diane Sacks


Drs. Judith Hall and Gilles Delage


Drs. Robert Haslam and John Godel


Drs. Alexander Allen and Ron Gold


Drs. Maurice Bouchard and James Carter


Drs. Barrett Adams, Eugene Outerbridge, and Claude Paré


Ms. Nicole Menzies


Dr. Nicholas Steinmetz


Dr. James Strain


Dr. Pamela Fitzhardinge


Drs. Clarke Fraser and Morag Gilchrist

Last updated: May 23 2018