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doctorMPP Walker honours local doctor in Statement at Queen's Park.

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker delivered a Statement in the Legislature to recognize the long-time service by Dr. Dave Thomson to the patients on the Bruce Peninsula.

A copy of his Statement is below.

"Last month, I had the honour of joining the Peninsula Family Health Team at the friendship club in Lion's Head to celebrate Dr. Dave Thomson's 25 years of medical practice on the peninsula.

Following a decorated career in the Canadian navy, Dr. Thomson turned his attention to medicine. He obtained his family medicine specialization in June 1992. Dr. Thomson always likes to tell the story that he received a call from Dr. George Harpur in Tobermory in the early summer of 1992, asking him if he was free to lend a hand on the peninsula. Dr. Thomson said sure, he could try to help out for a little while and, 25 years later, he is still there.

Dr. Thomson opened his medical practice in the peninsula in September 1992. During his medical career, he has been active in many leadership and community roles in support of the provision of exemplary health care for our residents in our community. Now in his 25th year of medical practice, Dr. Thomson is as busy as ever. He continues to have patient clinic days in both the Lion's Head and Tobermory sites of the Peninsula Family Health Team weekly. He serves as the medical director for the long-term-care facility in Lion's Head, provides hospital and emergency coverage at our local rural hospital in Lion's Head, provides palliative care home visits, assists monthly with medical surgeries at our regional hospital in Owen Sound, is a regular preceptor for medical students and residents from four medical school programs in Ontario, and provides physician support to the Tobermory Hyperbaric Facility.

Dr. Thomson is the embodiment of a true rural family physician. His practice encompasses entire families in our community, from the youngest grandchild to their great-great-grandfather and everyone in between. Dr. Thomson has made the beautiful Bruce Peninsula his home for over 30 years, where he spends his free time with his wife Jane, daughters Megan and Emma, and his beloved dog, Seamus.

I invite the members to join me in congratulating Dr. Dave Thomson on his 25th anniversary of providing medical care on the Bruce Peninsula."

source: media release, MPP Bill Walker

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