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What is Trailblazers?

Trailblazers are a dynamic donor community of the FAFM committed to driving innovation and positive change in the field of family medicine. The idea for Trailblazers came from the appreciation of the remarkable pool of collective knowledge and experience in family medicine available within the recipients of major awards generated through the FAFM's Honours and Awards Program. Through this program, the FAFM recognizes family physicians who have distinguished themselves in the profession by conferring prestigious awards such as the Reg L. Perkin Family Physician of the Year Award, the Family Medicine Researcher of the Year Award, and the Ian McWhinney Family Medicine Education Award, among others. Award recipients, with their collective talent and experience, are one of family medicine’s greatest assets. Through Trailblazers, we invite them to lend their rich insight in family medicine and their voice to shape projects that advance the profession..


5 Five Things To Know About Trailblazers

  • The Trailblazers program is funded through Trailblazers own annual contributions, funds raised through other means and the annual proceeds from the Francine Lemire Legacy Endowment Fund.
  • Trailblazers commit to contribute a minimum donation of $1,000 a year. Every dollar contributed by Trailblazers is used to fund their selected initiative.
  • Trailblazers select one initiative among a roster of strategic projects that are proposed through an RFP process. They assume the role of adjudicators through a peer review-style process, culminating in the selection of the funded project.
  • Trailblazers receive regular updates on the progress of their selected initiative, contribute their input and connect directly with the project leads.
  • Trailblazers receive a charitable tax receipts for 100% of their contributions. The FAFM acknowledges Trailblazers with a dedicated page on the FAFM website and during the Awards Gala event at the annual Family Medicine Forum.


The first Trailblazers project

On January 31, 2022, the Trailblazers came together to select the project on which to focus their support. We are pleased to announce that the Trailblazers have designated their support to advance the Family Medicine Around the World Mapping Project: Lessons for Canada and Beyond led by the Besrour Centre.

“Mapping family medicine models around the world, which remain very variable, will improve our understanding of what attributes of our discipline lead to better population health outcomes. Above all, as the world vacillates between infectious and chronic phases of a global pandemic, a generalist perspective is needed at this time to integrate layers of care at the health system level."

- Dr. David Ponka, Director, The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine


With over 33 years in family medicine, Dr. Francine Lemire has made remarkable contributions to family medicine across Canada and in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. A particular highlight of her career in Corner Brook was leading the organization of medical services for their 1999 Canada Winter Games.


Contact us to learn how you can join Trailblazers and advance family medicine.

Fiona Kingsley Boyer, Philanthropy Officer

905.629.0900 ext. 309 or [email protected]