Doctors Manitoba is entitled to nominate four Honorary Member candidates each year for selection by the CMA Board of Directors. Recipients enjoy all the rights and privileges of CMA membership free for life. Physicians or non-physicians may be eligible if they have attained eminence in medicine, science or the humanities, or rendered significant services to the CMA. Physician nominees must be at least 65 years old, CMA members in good standing, and members for at least 10 years.
Dr. Joseph Du
Dr. Joseph Du was born in Laokay, Vietnam in 1933, the youngest of 11 children. It was a time of great turmoil – the Japanese army occupied his home country at the time – and his father was killed when Dr. Du was 10. His mother struggled to support his family and three brothers had to quit school to help.
At 17 Dr. Du fled Communist North Vietnam and studied medicine for the next 7 years in Taiwan, graduating from National Taiwan University Medical School. He then came to Canada to complete his accreditation and later studied at the University of Washington under a scholarship from the National Institute of Health, specializing in neonatology. Dr. Du then returned to Winnipeg in 1968 to join the Winnipeg Clinic as a pediatrician.
Soon after beginning his career, he joined a group of doctors in an outreach program in northern Manitoba. For 33 years, Dr. Du regularly flew to all remote communities in northern Manitoba as well as communities of the Northwest Territories, often travelling in small airplanes in difficult and perilous conditions. During this time he was appointed an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba Medical School and in the 1980’s was commissioned by the God Lake Narrows Band to write a study on gasoline sniffing and organized the first symposium on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Winnipeg in 1982.
Dr. Du has stepped forward to contribute when crises threatened. In 1978 Dr. Du co-chaired a committee to help coordinate the settlement of Vietnamese boat people to Canada and then later he served for nine years on the Council for Canadian Unity when the threat of Quebec separation was at its peak.
The scope of his involvement has always been broad. In the 1980’s Dr. Du spearheaded the visit of two pandas from China to the Winnipeg Zoo; in the 1990’s he led the commissioning of two sculptures, including one by Leo Mol, to commemorate the role of the Chinese Canadian workers to construct the Canadian Pacific Railway; and in 2001 he worked with Winnipeg’s Jewish community to bringing the Shanghai Connection exhibition to the Jewish Heritage Centre, which told the story of the successful efforts of a Chinese counsel in Vienna to help over 18,000 Jewish refugees escape the Holocaust.
Dr. Joseph Du has been the key force in redeveloping Winnipeg’s Chinatown beginning in the 1980’s, which has including the development of the Chinese Cultural Centre, two commercial buildings – the Dynasty Building and the Mandarin Building – a Chinese Gate and Garden and two residential buildings, Harmony Mansion and the Peace Tower. In October 2013 a portion of a James Street in Chinatown was named after this physician and community builder to honour his work in transforming this area and his contribution to Winnipeg.
Dr. Du’s distinguished career spanned almost four decades, to his retirement in 2002. He has received many honours and awards including being named to the Order of Canada, the Order of Manitoba, and the Order of the Buffalo Hunt.
Dr. Charles Ferguson
Dr. Charles Ferguson earned his medical degree from McGill University in 1957 and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1968.
Dr. Ferguson co-published the first paper on child abuse in Canada in 1973. He has been the Director of the Children’s Clinic at Children’s Hospital, a consultant to the Northern Medical Unit and since 1990, the Director of the Child Protection Centre.
Dr. Ferguson is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Manitoba and past Chair of the Board at Mount Carmel Clinic. He has worked extensively with urban, rural and Aboriginal agencies within the Province of Manitoba as a member of regional Child Abuse Committees for many years. Dr. Ferguson has had long-term exposure to cross cultural issues in the lives of thousands of children and their families. He is also regarded as an expert in the area of child abuse and testifies in court in several provinces.
Dr. Ferguson, a former Winnipeg South Soccer District President and a leader in the Winnipeg soccer community, has two scholarship awards named in his honour. The scholarships are given to two Winnipeg South End United Soccer Club players proceeding from grade 12 to post secondary education.
Dr. Ferguson was a planner and builder of many of the soccer programs and systems in Winnipeg. His leadership of the WSSD District also meant that the district was a leader and innovator within the soccer community
Dr. Ian Maxwell
Thousands of cancer patients have been under Dr. Maxwell’s care in the oncology unit he created virtually single-handedly at Victoria General Hospital. As Director of Oncology at VGH since 1975, he is the cornerstone of the unit’s reputation for providing care that is second to none in a collegial, multi-disciplinary atmosphere. For many years, Dr. Maxwell provided oncology-hematology support to the hospital’s surgery, family medicine, intensive care and emergency departments on a 24-7 basis. Intermittently, he was also Chair of the Department of Medicine for 10 years.
Fellow caregivers and patients alike offer perspectives on Dr. Maxwell’s professional and personal attributes as a clinician, teacher, administrator, role model, mentor and friend. They speak of his vision and dedication, helpfulness and approachability, kindness and compassion, honesty and straightforwardness, modesty and sense of humor. Dr. Maxwell’s “encyclopedic knowledge” is legendary, as is his keen desire to impart it to new generations of physicians. He is known for being deeply committed to providing comprehensive care, and for “going the extra mile” as a patient advocate and supportive colleague. As the “consummate consultant”, Dr. Maxwell is always willing and available to discuss cases with primary care providers and share ideas for expediting patient care. He also demonstrates an appreciation and understanding of the uncertainties and challenges family physicians face in their everyday practice.
Dr. Maxwell is a University of Glasgow medical graduate (1957) and remained in the United Kingdom for military service and specialty training in Pathology at The Institute of Pathology and Tropical Medicine RAF Hospital Halton, Aylesbury Bucks. He then became laboratory director at RAF Hospital Ely Cambridge. On leaving the service he became a registrar in Medicine in Scotland and later Hammersmith Post Graduate School of Medicine in London. He joined the Winnipeg Clinic and Winnipeg General Hospital in 1963 and in 1964-65 was an Oncology Fellow at the Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation. He served on the Foundation Board for several years in addition to many other committee and board commitments. Since 1975, Dr. Maxwell has been an Associate Professor in the U of M Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Maxwell won the Doctors Manitoba Physician of the Year award in 2006.
Dr. Patricia Wightman
Dr. Patricia Wightman graduated from medical school at the University of Manitoba in 1956 and subsequently spent two years in a postgraduate training program in Anesthesia at the Grace and St. Boniface Hospitals.
Dr. Wightman worked at the Grace General Hospital as an anesthesiologist from 1964 to 1978. In 1978 Dr. Wightman returned to the University of Manitoba to complete a residency program in psychiatry. Since 1982, Dr. Wightman has been on active staff in the Department of Psychiatry at the Health Sciences Centre. Included in her work at the Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Wightman was the director of emergency consultation services for the Department of Psychiatry from 1982 to 2006. She is currently the Psychiatry Bed Manager at the Health Sciences Centre and the WRHA Bed Manager for the Adult Mental Health Program.
Dr. Wightman has received awards from the Mood Disorder Association and Schizophrenic Society for her work with the community.
Dr. Wightman was appointed as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba in 1989 and has worked as a member of the Manitoba Mental Health Review Board since 1984.