The Meridith Marks Award for Excellence in Education was developed by the Canadian Physiatrists Research and Development Foundation (CPRDF) and Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (CAPM&R) to recognize excellence in education among physiatrists.

The Award is named in honour of Dr. Meridith Marks to acknowledge her significant contributions to medical education in Canada.

Dr. Marks’ clinical practice at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre focuses on amputee rehabilitation. In this environment, she provided clinical education and supervision for medical students and physicians training to be specialists in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R).

She was an internationally recognized lecturer and facilitator on topics related to rehabilitation medicine, teaching skills development and leadership. Meridith was the Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Medicine, Academy for Innovation in Medical Education (AIME) at the University of Ottawa, and was responsible for promoting scholarship and innovation in medical education.

The recipient of this award will be a CAPM&R member in good standing who has contributed to education within the CAPM&R, as well as to medical education at a local and national level. A maximum of one award per year will be given, based on the quality of applications received. For further information about the Meridith Marks Award for Excellence in Education, please contact the CPRDF office. Thank you for your support!

Charitable tax receipts will be issued on eligible donations.

Prior winners:

  • 2016 - Dr. Jennifer Yao
  • 2015 - Dr. Lalith Satkunam
  • 2014 - Dr. Denyse Richardson
  • 2013 - Dr. Suzan Dojeiji

Meridith MARKS

Meridith MarksMARKS, Meridith Belle
March 24, 1962 - April 22, 2012

MD, MEd, FRCPC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Assistant Dean, Academy for Innovation in Medical Education, University of Ottawa.

Peacefully Sunday at the Ottawa home she shared with her soul-mate Peter Bruneau. Sister, daughter-and-sister-in-law, cool aunt, teacher, mentor, friend, runner, lover of gourmet cooking and life celebrations, Calabogie Lake cottager, Newfoundlander, knitter, world traveller. Born in Channel-Port-aux-Basques, raised at the Cape Ray lighthouse, Meridith's light and smile shone in the lives of many. She completed medical studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland and residency at the University of Ottawa. A specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Meridith brought her healing hands and calming touch to clinical practice at the Rehabilitation Centre in Ottawa with a focus on amputee rehabilitation and an unwavering commitment to excellence in medical education. Recognized and honoured by multiple clinical care and teaching awards which marked her local and national contributions, Meridith was assistant dean at AIME where she promoted the academic pursuit of medical education. Her dedication inspired and shaped students, residents and physician peers. Predeceased by mother Mary (nee: Simms) and father Arthur "Bun" Marks of Cape Ray, Newfoundland, and by daughter Hayley of Ottawa. Leaving to mourn her family including (her darling) sister Beverly Marks, brother-in-law Ross Durnford, nephew Ben, Port-aux-Basques, aunt Angie (Marks) Palchuk, of Cambridge, Ontario, uncles Jack (Ruth) Marks of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Llewlyn (Bernice) Marks of Codroy, Newfoundland, and Frank (Helen) Marks of London Ontario, dear in- laws Angus and Jean Bruneau, St. John's, Stephen and Mary Bruneau, David and Laura, St. John's, Ian and Jill Bruneau, Alex, Timothy and Samantha, St. John's. Sharing in this loss are her wide circle of dear friends and associates including Calabogie Lakers, physicians, neighbors, students and the Sunday dinner family. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to Plan International's initiative, "Because I Am A Girl," which promotes poverty-eradication through the education of young girls and women. A service in St. John's will be held at a later date. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, (at O'Connor), Ottawa, on Wednesday, April 25 from 2-4 & 6-9 p.m. Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday at 11 a.m.