The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

August 15, 2006 11:38 ET

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame 2006 Scholarship Winner Wants to Practice Medicine in a Rural Community

LONDON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 15, 2006) - Eighteen year-old Matthew Morrissette of Brandon, Manitoba is this year's recipient of The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame's scholarship award. Now in its fifth year, the award is made possible through the generous support of Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.

"This is great," says Matthew, "It means that I won't have to continue working while at Brandon University and I'll be able to devote my time to my studies. My hope is to enter medical school in 2009 and specialize in either cardiology or psychiatry."

Keenly aware of the critical shortage of rural physicians and the challenges they face, Matthew's long-term goal is to practice medicine in a Canadian rural community. A suitable choice for such a well-balanced individual. In addition to being an accomplished pianist and avid hockey player, Matthew was a member of the Vincent Massey High School Reach for the Top team and their peer tutoring program.

"When I first started teaching Matthew piano at age 13, I asked him what his career goals were. Without hesitation he replied 'heart surgeon' and his enthusiasm has not wavered since," says Lawrence Jones, professor emeritus in the School of Music at Brandon University.

The CMHF scholarship is administered by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC). The selection committee considers each candidate's letters of reference, awards, academic record, extra-curricular activities, interest in health sciences and a personal essay.

"Our funding allows medical and academic institutions to achieve excellence in health care and research," says Jan Belanger, Assistant Vice-President, Community Affairs, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. "Through our support, we're helping to develop and keep medical expertise in Canada, for Canadians. The future of health care rests with our youth, and we're proud to promote the health sciences as an essential career path."

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Scholarship provides $1,000 each year towards a four-year undergraduate degree in the health sciences at a Canadian university.

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life serve the financial security needs of 12 million people across Canada. Through their national program for corporate citizenship, the Key to Giving, the companies contribute directly to hundreds of non-profit and charitable organizations across the country.

Contact Information

  • The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
    Janet Tufts
    Executive Director
    (519) 488-2003
    Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life
    Marlene Klassen
    Director, Media and Public Relations
    (204) 946-7705