Manitobans Encouraged to Mark National Physicians’ Day
Show doctors your support and appreciation this Saturday
Manitobans are invited to show their support and appreciation for doctors across the province as part of National Physicians’ Day. Everyone can join in by going outside at 7PM this Saturday to bang on #PotsForDocs in recognition of how physicians have gone above and beyond this year to care for Manitobans’ health and well-being.
“Doctors have worked hard to keep providing care to Manitobans during the pandemic, so we’re asking Manitobans to take a few minutes on Saturday to show how much we appreciate it,” said Theresa Oswald, CEO of Doctors Manitoba. “Head outside at 7PM this Saturday and bang on some pots to show your appreciation. Then go online and share a photo or video, along with a message of thanks or a story about how a doctor made a difference in your life. Tag your post with #PotsForDocs!”
In the heart of Manitoba’s capital city on Saturday, the Winnipeg sign will be lit up blue, the official colour of National Physicians’ Day, to honour doctors for their dedication this past challenging year.
The #PotsForDocs concept was started in Manitoba last November by Oly Backstrom. As hospitals were being pushed past their limits during the second wave, Mr. Backstrom encouraged Manitobans to show their support. Doctors Manitoba is embracing this concept for National Physicians’ Day this year, to help doctors see and hear just how important they are to Manitobans.
“The support Manitobans showed physicians with #PotsForDocs last November made a tremendous impact, helping doctors push through a difficult time with the support of Manitobans,” added Ms. Oswald.
National Physicians’ Day is celebrated on May 1 in honour of Emily Stowe, a suffragist and the first female physician to practice in Canada.