SRPC 2020 Awards

The SRPC values its members and provides recognition to those whose service have significant and lasting impact on rural medicine in Canada. All awards are presented at the Awards Ceremony which takes place at our Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course. *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ceremony was cancelled. Recipients of the 2020 awards will receive in-person recognition at the 2021 awards ceremony.

Rural Service Award (RSA) 2020

Dr. Samantha Harper – Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL

The Rural Service Award provides recognition to SRPC Physician Members of 5 years or longer who live and work in rural Canada and have served their rural communities for 10 years or longer.

Dr. Harper completed her Residency in Family Medicine through the NORFAM program at Memorial University in 2009. She has worked with Labrador-Grenfell Health as a General Practitioner since 2009. Dr. Harper is a valued teacher in our residency program, supervising residents and medical students in her practice.

We value Dr. Harper’s long-term commitment to the people of Central and Northern Labrador and extend our sincerest congratulations on this achievement.

Student and Resident Leadership Award 2020

Dr. Kerry-Lynn Williams – Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL

The Rural Student and the Rural Resident Leadership Awards are presented to two students and two residents in good academic standing who have demonstrated a sustained interest in rural medicine through any of the following:

  • electives in rural or remote areas or in disciplines particularly important to rural practice (e.g. Indigenous health).
  • involvement with local or national rural or remote health groups.
  • promotion of rural or remote health initiatives at a local or national level.
  • involvement in volunteer or community-based projects in rural or remote areas.
  • published work relating to rural or remote issues.

Dr. Williams has been a Family Medicine Resident with the NORFAM program in Happy Valley-Goose Bay since 2018. She will be completing her training in June 2020 and has taken on a position at the Labrador Health Centre beginning July 2020.

She has been instrumental in the development of our simulation program in NORFAM, helping to improve education of staff, students, and residents in central Labrador. 

We extend our sincerest congratulations to Dr. Williams on this great accomplishment.

To learn more about the SRPC and the 2020 awards recipients, please visit their website at