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Judge J.M. George Memorial Award presented to Family of Late Dr. Ian Reid

The life and contributions of the late Dr. Ian Livingstone Reid, who practiced family medicine in Selkirk, were honoured at the Manitoba Legislature on November 13 with the presentation of the Judge J.M. George Memorial Award to Reid’s wife, Ruth, and son, Bruce. Dr. Reid was memorialized for his outstanding service, many noteworthy contributions to the field of health care in Manitoba, his volunteer work that included drug awareness promotion with teens and his encouragement and example of healthy living.

John Stinson, CEO Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority attended the presentation and remembered Dr. Reid for his patient-centred approach to his family practice and his devotion to spending more time developing a physician-patient relationship in order to better promote good health and engage his patients more fully.


“His involvement in the Selkirk community enriched the lives of so many. Dr. Reid’s positive spirit and ability to find the best in others was something he came by naturally. He made a difference for the better and spent his life serving others. Dr. Reid is certainly deserving of this honour,” Stinson said.


Dr. Reid’s practice also included general surgery, acting as the regional coroner for a number of years, developing an early version of a community health team and he was instrumental in establishing a mental health crisis centre in Selkirk. He was a partner in establishing a teen drop-in centre for troubled youth and was responsible for establishing Selkirk’s Block Parent program. In the 1990s, Dr. Reid worked with the anti-drug group PRIDE, speaking in schools to encourage young people to make healthy lifestyle choices and to participate in sports.


Outside his medical practice Dr. Reid was an avid water skier and founding member of the Manitoba Water Skiing Association. He served on many provincial and national water skiing committees and judged all levels of competitive water skiing in Canada. Dr. Reid was a pioneer in water skiing safety and was one of the first advocates for the introduction of safety helmets. His leadership led to water skiing safety helmet standards in Canada and influenced safety helmet adoption by many countries around the world. Dr. Reid established and was curator of the Manitoba Museum of Water Skiing at the Marine Museum of Manitoba in Selkirk.


Regional Health Authorities of Manitoba presents the award, named in memory of Judge George, annually. Judge J.M. George was a past-president of the Manitoba Hospital Association (forerunner to MHO and Regional Health Authorities of Manitoba), former legal counsel to the association, and well known for his many contributions to health care, particularly in the area of accreditation. He was also noted for his involvement with the Canadian Hospital (now Canadian Healthcare) and American Hospital Associations.

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