2004 – Prince Edward Island
Since graduating from Dalhousie University in 1976, Dr David Stewart has been running a busy family practice in the rural community of Cornwall, PEI.
For 28 years, he has been deeply committed to his patients and has cared for certain families in his area for three and four generations. To improve women’s health, he and his wife Nancy, a dietician, founded the PEI Pap Screening clinics in 2001, a provincial program that consists of 14 mobile clinics with nurses providing care and public education in the areas of greatest need. Because of the shortage of family physicians in PEI, he came up with the idea to train nurses to conduct pelvic tests and he hired a nurse to do physical exams in his practice. He is also deeply dedicated to the broader medical community: for 20 years, he was a family medicine preceptor for Dalhousie University and served as president for both the PEI Medical Society and the College of Family Physicians of PEI.
Dr Stewart volunteers his time at his yacht club and spent four years as a coordinator for the junior sailing club. He also spearheaded the building of new docks and a fundraising campaign to purchase new sailboats and rescue boats. He and his wife Nancy have four children. His hobbies include oil painting, sail racing, windsurfing, tennis and snowboarding.