BC Medical Association

BC Medical Association

June 07, 2008 12:00 ET

BCMA Congratulates Three Outstanding Award Recipients for Their Extraordinary Results in Promoting Health and Wellness in British Columbia

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 7, 2008) - Providing the means to ensure British Columbians have the tools to take control of their own health and achieve a better quality of life are the factors that the BCMA's three awards winners have in common. Being lauded for their leadership through advocacy and project work in health promotion and prevention are Dr. Andrew Ignaszewski, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and posthumously, Dr. Basil Boulton.

Although preventable in many cases, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death among Canadians. Currently the head of St. Paul's Hospital/Providence Health Care's Division of Cardiology, Dr. Andrew Ignaszewski works with teams of health care professionals and has launched a number of innovative programs to promote or improve cardiovascular health. They include St. Paul's Hospital's Healthy Heart Program, the country's first Metabolic Syndrome Clinic, and the Heart Function Clinic. However, Dr. Ignaszewski's proudest moment was last year's announcement of Canada's first Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research that has been established with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

One out of every three seniors will suffer a fall at some point during the year that can have significant health consequences and will cost the health care system approximately $1 billion annually. With funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada and support from Weber Shandwick Worldwide, the BC Institute of Technology's Dr. Tong Louie Living Laboratory developed a series of workshops designed to address falls by helping seniors in non-urban centres become better educated about assistive devices, their usage and benefits, and how to overcome the stigma attached in using them. To date workshops have been held for 150 seniors in BC, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. Through its "train the trainer" program and with the assistance of Canadian icon Don Harron, it is hoped the program will be sustained in other rural and urban communities across the country.

Dr. Basil Boulton was a retired paediatrician and a dedicated child and youth advocate. Based in Victoria, Dr. Boulton paid special attention to the complex health care needs of Aboriginal children, child maltreatment, and those with fetal alcohol syndrome. He was active on many committees and boards that promoted the interests of children in the community and was Chair of the BC Medical Association's Child and Youth Committee. In his later years as a city counsellor in the Township of Esquimalt, Dr. Boulton continued to advocate for children on the Capital Region Family Court Committee and the Action Team for Sexually Exploited Youth. At the time of his death earlier this year, he was working on a Health Care Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in British Columbia.

The BCMA's Excellence in Health Promotion Awards recognizes the exceptional efforts of individuals, non-profit and for-profit organizations that have demonstrated a concern for the health and safety of British Columbians through specific initiatives that show ingenuity and creativity, with the goal of positive, long-term improvement.

The awards will be presented at the BCMA's Annual General Meeting being held Saturday, June 7th, at the University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George at 6:00pm.

Contact Information

  • BC Medical Association
    Sharon Shore
    Senior Manager of Communications and Media Relations
    (604) 306-1866 (pager)
    Website: www.bcma.org