Dr. Graham Jacques of the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic team was recently honoured with the Ontario Medical Association’s Lifetime Membership.
“This is a lovely recognition,” said Dr. Jacques, who was very surprised to be one of only a couple of eastern Ontario physician’s receiving the honour this year.
“I only found out about it, when I received a letter of congratulations from the OMA,” said Jacques. Those recognized must be nominated, and Jacques still doesn’t know who nominated him.
Dr. Jacques joined the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic team in the early 1980s as a general practitioner, with priviledges at Winchester District Memorial Hospital. Jacques practices at the Morrisburg and Ingleside SLMC locations.
Along with his decades of service with the SLMC and WDMH, Jacques held the post of president of the Winchester-Kemptville Medical Society until 2011. He currently serves a president of the medical staff at WDMH.
Dr. Jacques will be retiring at the end of March 2015and hopes that the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic team will have a replacement in place for him by then.
Jacques speaks fondly of this area at the SLMC.
“This place is a real gem. It has been wonderful,” he said. “The people in this area are great and this clinic has always been exceptional, always operating to the highest of standards. The people of this area are blessed to have such an organization in their midst.”
Jacques, who lives in South Dundas, will continue to do so in his retirement.
“I am very happy to have had the opportunity to live and work in this area. I know I will miss the patients terribly when I retire,” he said.
While continuing to reside in South Dundas, he plans to travel across Canada in his retirement.
Dr. Jacques was born in Yorkshire, England and moved to Canada in 1958 at the age of 9. He graduated from University of Ottawa Medical School in 1975, after which he completed a year of roatating internship at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
He then started working as a general duty medical officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. While working with the Canadian Armed Forces, Dr. Jacques finished a year of postgraduate training in internal medicine at the National Defence Medical Centre in 1979.
He then moved to Morrisburg, and joined the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic.