2006 – Quebec
Dr Carlo Jean-Louis was born in Haiti, growing up and attending school in Port-au-Prince. At age six, Carlo informed his mother that he would like to become an accountant, a professor and a doctor. Upon her insistence that he make one choice, he replied: “si je dois choisir un, je veux être Dieu.” Ultimately choosing medicine, Carlo received his degree from l’Université d’État d’Haïti in 1976 and immigrated to Quebec in 1977.
Prior to being licensed to practice in Quebec, he co-founded “Centres d’aide aux professionnels immigrants” to provide assistance to immigrants seeking employment in their profession. In 1987, Carlo was able to resume his profession in family medicine at CLSC-CHSLD de la MRC Denis-Riverin in Ste-Anne-des-Monts on the Gaspé Peninsula. As a recognized humanitarian, Carlo continues practicing medicine, while working tirelessly to champion the rights of new immigrants in the Gaspé community. He is the President and founder of the “Constellation des Monts” soccer club, with a mandate to promote physical fitness and healthy lifestyles for youth. He is Honorary President of the foundation for l’Hôpital des Monts, and serves as an examiner for the CFPC. Carlo, his wife Rose-Marie and their three children are also very involved in their church.
Carlo is recognized by his colleagues as a shining example of the enthusiasm, kindness and gentle guidance that characterizes many family physicians.
He acknowledges that the experience of growing up in Haiti fueled his sense of altruism and philanthropy, qualities that in turn contribute to his humanitarian leadership in his community and his commitment to family medicine.