Dr Frances Berard is honoured for her commitment to the provision of rural family medicine in the francophone community of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba.
After receiving her medical degree from the University of Manitoba, Dr Berard completed her residency training at the Family Medical Centre of St. Boniface General Hospital in 1991.
Dr Berard received Certification in Family Medicine in 1991 and became a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) in 2004.
In 1991, Dr Berard began practising family medicine at the Kildonan Medical Centre in Winnipeg as a locum for a sabbatical leave. Since 1992, she has served as Chief of Staff at the Centre de santé Notre Dame, where she practises comprehensive family medicine, including hospital and emergency care, obstetrics, and long-term care. She also works at the Miami Medical Clinic, a satellite clinic in Miami, Manitoba.
Currently, Dr Berard is Associate Director of the bilingual Family Medicine Program at the University of Manitoba. She is also a preceptor to second-year family medicine residents and bilingual medical students from all levels. For ten years, Dr Berard served as Practice Advisor to international medical graduates.
In 2008, Dr Berard served as President of the Manitoba College of Family Physicians. She is a member of the CFPC’s Member Advisory Committee and the Hospital Medicine Committee, and is an instructor with the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics® (ALSO) Program.
In all of her work, Dr Berard is supported by her husband, Léo, and their three children, Marissa, Zoé, and Alexisse. In her spare time, she enjoys cross-country skiing.