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Dr. Marie-France: Retirement - Dr. Andrew Wiens

03 Nov 2014 10:50 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

To members of CAGP,

We are inviting you to celebrate Dr Marie-France Tourigny-Rivard – the mother of geriatric psychiatry – as she begins retirement after 34 years at The Royal. A tireless advocate, mentor, physician and friend, Marie-France has shaped geriatric psychiatry as we know it in Canada. In honour of her tremendous contributions, we are asking you to consider making a donation in her name to The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, by mail, fax or online at www.theroyal.ca . A pledge form is attached below for your convenience.  

A special fund will be established to support a priority of her choice in geriatric psychiatry.

We will make a special presentation at a reception to be held in her honour, November 1, 2014, where we will unveil a plaque and advise her of your generosity.

 Information about Marie-France: 

Marie-France Tourigny-Rivard, M.D., FRCPC, is a well-known geriatric psychiatrist who served for many years as the clinical director of the geriatric psychiatry program of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. She is also a professor in psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches in English and in French.

Marie-France’s career in psychiatry began at the Royal Ottawa Hospital in 1979 where her leadership in regards to clinical care and services led to the development of a full range of mental health services for older adults of the region of Champlain and beyond. Her commitment to education inspired and increased the capacity of countless health care professionals (psychiatrists, family physicians, nurses and personal support workers) to provide better mental health care to older Canadians.    

A founding member and past-president of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry, Marie-France was the first recipient of the Leadership award from the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry recognizing her outstanding contributions to geriatric psychiatry in Canada.

In 2007, Marie-France was appointed as chair of the Seniors Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and continues her involvement as a member of the Advisory Council.

Marie-France was raised in Quebec and obtained her medical degree from Université de Montréal. She trained in psychiatry at the University of Washington in Seattle and at Université Laval in Québec city.

Marie-France continues to provide geriatric outreach and community mental health services in collaboration with primary care professionals of rural areas surrounding Ottawa and those of the Cochrane region of Northern Ontario, reaching out to the francophone population.   

Given her longstanding interest in education and clinical service development, she continues to act as a resource to health care planners and providers across the country, using the recently published Guidelines for Comprehensive Mental Health Services for Older Adults in Canada developed by the Seniors Advisory Committee of the MHCC.

Dr. Andrew Wiens 

PLEASE NOTE: The CAGP cannot provide patients with the names of physicians providing care to patients. The Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons in most Canadian provinces and territories maintain a website for patients to find a physician by specialty. A list of these governing bodies is available on the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada’s website.

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