2006 – Manitoba
Dr Kenneth Kliewer was born and raised in rural Manitoba, and is appreciative of the unique perspectives on life that he gained on the farm and in a rural four-room school.
Ken’s original plans were to teach high school math and physics, but the well-timed influence of a medical student led him to pursue a career in medicine. Upon completing his training at the University of Manitoba in 1973, he joined a small team of family physicians in Altona, Manitoba, where he continues to practice today.
Ken’s leaning toward teaching has been expressed in many of his interests and activities, including his role as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine with the University of Manitoba. His leadership has been instrumental to numerous provincial and community-based organizations including the Manitoba College of Family Physicians which he served as President in 1997-98. Ken’s multifaceted career also recognizes his successes as a skilled clinician and spiritual advisor.
Ken and his wife Iris have two grown children. Ken balances his practice with a variety of interests including photography, reading, tennis and scuba diving; a book of his photography has been published. He is a member of the Canadian Mennonite University Board and is an active member of his local congregation.
Ken expresses gratitude to the Manitoba College and CFPC for the privilege of being selected one of Canada’s Family Physicians of the Year. “It is truly a humbling honour to be part of such a long tradition and to be counted as part of a growing list of doctors recognized with this award.”