2009 – Newfoundland and Labrador
A physician who ‘epitomizes the principles of family medicine,’ Dr Paul Bonisteel is recognized as an incredible advocate for both the profession and his patients.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Paul graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1983 and moved to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1985 after obtaining his Certification in family medicine. He now practices at the New Harbour Medical Clinic where he divides his time between Newhook Community Health Centre and Carbonear General Hospital.
From 1986 to 1991, Paul was Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Memorial University and later the Acting Chair of Continuing Medical Education for the university. During the 50th anniversary celebrations of The College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2004, Paul chaired the Annual Scientific Assembly. Since 2005, he has been a clinical preceptor with Memorial University, providing guidance to medical students as well as family practice residents.
Paul’s implicit honesty and strong vision places him at the forefront of the political landscape. From 2000-2002, he sat on the CFPC’s National Board of Directors, during which time he was a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter’s Executive, including a term as President of the Chapter from 2001-2002.
Known to be a devoted family man, Paul is married to Mary Harris, with whom he shares three lovely children, Simon, Erin, and Isaac. An avid banjo-player, Paul loves 17th Century Newfoundland and Labrador history. His hobbies include soccer and hockey as well as hiking and camping.
“If you’re bored by seeing routine, uninteresting, unchallenging cases then you’re not practising family medicine. I am honoured to be counted among the previous award recipients for whom I have the greatest respect as family physicians.”