2010 – Newfoundland and Labrador
Arriving in Newfoundland from the UK in 1977, Dr Catherine Penney has since made an unforgettable difference to her community.
Born in Rugby, England, Cate attended the Middlesex Hospital Medical School at the University of London. In her final year, she spent a two-month elective period in Northwest River, Labrador with the International Grenfell Association. This experience inspired her to return to Labrador as a ‘travelling doctor’, and later begin practicing family medicine in St. Anthony, Newfoundland.
Early in her career, Cate was largely responsible for outpatient care at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital. 2000 she has served as Chief of Staff and Chief of Family Practice. Cate works in the Emergency Department. She looks after complex inpatient cases, oversees the local long term care facility, and runs family practice clinics. She is also an Associate Professor at Memorial University’s medical school.
In 2001 Cate became a Certificant of the CFPC. She moonlights as a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner performing medical assessments required for the certification of licensed aviation personnel in Canada.
Cate and her husband, Roger, have two daughters. Nicola is a medical student at McMaster University, and Victoria is an Education student at Memorial University. A former Girl Guides leader, Cate loves cross country skiing, gardening, and reading.