2006 – Ontario
Dr George Burrows was born and raised in Sutton West, Ontario, on the south shore of Lake Simcoe. Graduating with his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1954, George turned down a surgical residence at the Hospital for Sick Children in favour of opening a family practice back home in Sutton (now the Town of Georgina).
The practice grew to become the Georgina Medical Clinic, staffed at its peak by nine full-time family physicians and 20 staff, all of whom were encouraged to participate in the teaching of medical students, interns, residents and nurse practitioners. During this time, George was involved in developing the Mid-Ontario Program for Rural Residents.
George’s philosophy that family practice should be actively involved in the community led to his participation in local politics – serving three terms as mayor of Georgina. During this time he was instrumental in approving water fluoridation, building low income housing, park development and a no-smoking bylaw. A long-time member of his church parish, he directed the adoption of two schools in Jamaica that continue to receive support from the church members.
George and his wife Joyce have four children and eight grandchildren. In addition to an active outdoor life, George and Joyce own a 100-acre organic farm.
“Many people have one life they live, but a family physician deeply involved with his patients has the privilege of being part of thousands of lives. One can only thank the patients for this gift they give.”