Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai awarded an honorary degree










Congratulations to CMF Board Member, Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai who was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Lethbridge at its Spring 2022 Convocation, Thursday, June 2, 2022.

Dr. Collins-Nakai spent over 30 years at the University of Alberta in various roles, including full professor and associate dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. Dr. Collins-Nakai established the Heritage Pediatric Cardiology Program, precursor of the current Western Canadian Congenital Heart Program, and she was the first to perform many innovative and interventional catheterization procedures in Western Canada. Dr. Collins-Nakai was also appointed to the Order of Canada in 2016.

Read more about Dr. Collins-Nakai

Outstanding Philanthropist Award









Congratulations to CMF’s new Director, Dr. Michael Dan, and his wife Dr. Amira Dan, who just received the Association of Fundraising Professionals Outstanding Philanthropist Award.

Drs. Michael and Amira Dan have been generous and committed leaders in helping to address the health and educational inequities and inequalities that weigh so heavily on Canada’s Indigenous peoples.

Following the sale of the parent company, Novopharm Ltd., to Teva Pharmaceuticals in 2000, Dr. Dan created the Paloma Foundation through which the family has funded organizations that assist marginalized people in Toronto, as well as support Indigenous health and education initiatives. Their commitment to global health is demonstrated through his support of the St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and the establishment of the Michael and Amira Dan Professorship in Global Health at The University of Toronto.

Read more about the AFP Awards and the generous contributions of the Dan family: AFP Philanthropy Awards


Ways to Give

Donating a gift of securities, stocks or bonds is simple and can have great tax-saving advantages for you while making a real difference to the charitable work of the Canadian Medical Foundation.
When you donate a gift of stocks, bonds, or other publicly traded securities to CMF you DO NOT need to pay tax on capital gains and you receive a tax receipt for the full market value of the securities you have donated.
You may also wish to consider converting your gift into a Donor Advised Fund, one of today’s fastest growing means of long-term charitable giving because they enable donors to realize immediate benefits while providing ongoing, long-term support to the causes that matter most to them.

Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai, recipient of an honorary doctor of science degree


Ruth Collins-Nakai, ’72 MD, ’98 MBA, recipient of an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Alberta. Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai is a Board Member of the Canadian Medical Foundation.

Read more https://www.ualberta.ca/medicine/news/2021/06/ruth-collins-nakai-convocation-2021.html

Helping prevent the spread of illness and disease in Syria (Completed)


We are pleased to announce the completion of CMF’s project with GlobalMedic, and the distribution of Family Emergency Kits (FEKs) to families who were affected by displacement and conflict in Northwest Syria.

The FEKs will be serving multiple needs faced by families in crisis.

The main item included in these kits is a water purification solution, in this case an ImerPure household water purification unit.

These water purification units will be providing a family with access to clean and safe water for up to one year.

Read more Help Prevent the Spread in Syria


Sir Charles Tupper Award


Congratulations to CMF Director, Major (Retired) Dr. Karen Breeck, the recipient of the CMA’s 2021 Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Advocacy, named in honour of the CMA’s first president (1867 70).

Read more about Dr. Breeck’s commitment to creating change and raising awareness of the health inequities faced by military women in and out of uniform: Dr. Breeck – Creating Change


Photo: courtesy of Captain Amanda Kok

Bursaries for Indigenous Medical Students


Indigenous peoples face significant barriers to post-secondary education. As a result, far fewer First Nations, Métis, and Inuit in Canada have a university degree than non-Indigenous Canadians. Achieving a medical degree is an even steeper climb due to a variety of factors, one of which is financial.

Currently, less than 1% of physicians identify as as Indigenous, so CMF has partnered with Indspire, a national Indigenous charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, and established a bursary specifically for future physicians.

CMF’s Bursaries for Indigenous Medical Students is Indspire’s only bursary open to medical students across Canada.

Learn more: Bursaries for Indigenous Medical Students



Project Completed: Improved infrastructure at the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM), Haiti


In Haiti, more than 95% of public health facilities are in need of urgent repair due to normal deterioration and decades of neglect. The country’s extreme poverty means that many facilities lack plumbing, improved sanitation, adequate infectious waste disposal, sterilization equipment, electricity, and/or access to a basic running water supply.

Strong water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure underpins the delivery of safe, quality health services for all, and is an important enabler of infection prevention and control in health care settings, including of COVID-19.

As part of CMF’s Stop the Gaps campaign, we partnered with Partners in Health Canada who, through their sister organization in Haiti, Zanmi Lasante (ZL), addressed infrastructure concerns at the HUM, which is one of the main COVID-19 treatment centers and referral hospitals in the country.

At the start of the pandemic, ZL and the hospital identified gaps in its WASH infrastructure. The institution lacked sufficient numbers of working toilets and handwashing stations to meet the needs of the patients, staff and visitors who came to the facility on a daily basis. This was particularly concerning as cases of COVID-19 were on the rise and given the important role handwashing plays in disrupting the transmission of the virus, strengthening WASH was seen as an urgent priority.

Through CMF’s Stop the Gaps grant, in spite of a near unprecedented escalation in violence and security this past year that disrupted the procurement of supplies, HUM was able to install handwashing stations at the main entrance, primarily for the benefit of patients and visitors who are now able to disinfect prior to entering the hospital. The team also installed new handwashing stations in the neonatal intensive care unit, the pediatrics department, maternity ward, emergency department, and the orthopedics department – which is currently acting as the COVID-19 treatment unit. Broken toilets across the hospital were replaced, and new toilets were installed in the COVID-19 treatment unit, upholding standards of infection prevention and control and providing dignified care to those infected with the coronavirus.

The project has enhanced infection prevention and control efforts for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, and given patients, visitors, and staff access to dignified sanitation and hygiene options. We thank our generous donors for their support which made this project possible.

Read more Reducing the Transmission of COVID-19 at Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais 

Project Completed – Vital hygiene supplies delivered to healthcare workers in Northwest Syria!


We are proud to announce the completion of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Project in Northwest Syria, in partnership with the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations-Canada (UOSSM Canada), which helped deliver supplies to over 1000 healthcare workers and patients.

Following 10 years of civil war the government has regained control of Syria’s biggest cities, but large parts of the country are still held by rebels, jihadists and the Kurdish-led SDF. The last remaining opposition stronghold is in the north-western province of Idlib and adjoining parts of northern Hama and western Aleppo provinces.

Currently, there is only one border crossing, the Bab al-Hawa crossing from Turkey that remains open to allow for supplies into opposition-held Northwest Syria. Our partner, UOSSM Canada, worked with UOSSM’s mission in Gaziantep, Turkey, to ensure that these supplies would reach the designated health facilities in Idlib & Aleppo, a Rehabilitation Unit in Sarmada, and the vaccination team in Ariha Primary Health Care Centre.

With the country now in the grip of a second wave of COVID and cases growing exponentially, combined with food shortages weakening an already vulnerable population, the supplies were needed more than ever and we thank our donors who contributed to help their fellow healthcare workers in Syria.

Read more Protecting Medical Staff In Syria.


Statement on the Missing Children of the Kamloops Indian Residential School


The Board of Directors and staff of the Canadian Medical Foundation was saddened by the news of the 215 children whose remains were discovered at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C. We mourn the loss with the communities and families affected by both the direct and intergenerational impact of residential schools.

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The discovery of these children should not come as a surprise. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has estimated that more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were placed in residential schools between the 1870s and 1990s and thousands of children died while attending these schools.


The injustice towards the Indigenous peoples of Canada did not end with the closing of the residential schools, it continues today to include the Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, inadequate housing, food insecurity, the lack of access to clean drinking water, and egregious disparities when it comes to access to health care and health outcomes.

As we have entered National Indigenous History Month, we should all take this time not just to educate ourselves, learn about and celebrate the heritage and diversity of the Indigenous peoples of Canada, but to also reflect on how we can advocate for and reconcile with the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.

The Canadian Medical Foundation is committed to continuing the work of reconciliation and taking action throughout the year by working together with Indigenous partners to address barriers to health equity.

Learn more about the Calls to Action:

Calls to Action

Dr. Cara Bablitz                                                                            Dusanka Pavlica

Palliative Care MD                                                                       President & CEO

Métis advocate for Equitable Health                                      Canadian Medical Foundation

CMF Board of Directors