With great sorrow we must share terrible news regarding the wife and daughter of CAPMR President Dr. Michael Payne.

On Tuesday, August 29, in the afternoon, Mike's wife Sarah and daughter Freya (age 5) were both killed in an incomprehensible highway accident . Mike's son Will, (age 6), who was also in the vehicle, suffered multiple trauma and is recovering in hospital.

Sarah an occupational therapist and integral member of the SCI team at Parkwood was loved by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting, working, and knowing her. She will be greatly missed.

Freya a beautiful engaging and wonderful 5 year old sister, daughter, granddaughter, niece, friend and best friend to her brother, will be forever missed.

As we come together to support Mike and his family, let us be reminded of the gift of love and how precious life is.

Mike has not left Will's bedside since the accident and the entire rehabilitation community is trying to make sense of this tragic event. 

All of our thoughts, love and prayers are with Mike, Will and their family.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Thursday September 7, 2017.

We will send more information, and details on how you can reach out and support Mike and Will as they become available.

Scott Garner ObituaryScott Herbert Garner, M.D, June 7, 1955 - January 14, 2016 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Scott on Thursday, January 14th at the age of 60 years. Survived by his loving wife Margaret Garner (nee Wilson) of 36 years. Loving father to Paul (Heather), Brian (Defne) and Karen, and brother to Nancy Handy (David) and Bill Garner (Kara). Proud grandfather of Duncan and Aleyna. Predeceased by his parents Herbert and Iris. Scott has been a rehabilitative physician in the Hamilton/Burlington area since 1980. Scott grew up in the Canadian prairies and after graduating with an undergraduate degree in science and a medical degree from the University of Manitoba, he and his wife Margaret moved east and settled in Dundas where they raised three children. Scott coached various youth basketball and hockey teams over the years, was an active volunteer with St. James Church, and loved hiking through the many beautiful trails and parks throughout town. Scott was an avid reader and was forever passionate about learning and trying new things.

His interests included cycling, skiing, theater, meditation, yoga and ballroom dancing. He was an adventurous traveler, scaling back his work in recent years to make time for visiting new places with his wife and friends but also enjoying quiet time with his family at home or at the cottage. Scott's kind spirit and gentle disposition will be remembered by all who knew him. He will be dearly missed by his family and by the many friends he made throughout his life.

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JOHN "JACK" SINCLAIR CRAWFORD, M.D., F.R.C.P. DR. JOHN "JACK" SINCLAIR CRAWFORD, M.D., F.R.C.P. Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 3, 2015 in his 95th year. Jack is survived by his loving wife Marg Crawford (White); predeceased by wives Florence (Girdwood) and Margaret Olive (nee McCaulay). Proud and loving father of the late John (Deborah), Thomas (Lynda) and the late Richard (Cheryl). Forever cherished grandfather of John Jr. (Sue), Stephanie, Derek, Lindsay (Matt), Lauren (Cameron), Ryan (Bev) and Matthew (Cynthia); great-grandfather of Courtney, John-John, Jordyn, Hali, Safia, Elliott, Danica, Hannah and Brooklin; great-great-grandfather of Kenyon. He will be remembered by his brother Bob (Mary). Jack graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1944, following which he was appointed Captain Medical Officer in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. After further studies and various medical posts he joined the staff at Toronto Western Hospital as Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine; he was a pioneering leader in this field in Toronto and across Canada.

After realizing the gap in care following hospital discharge, Jack obtained a grant and started the first Home Care Program in Ontario. In 1985 he retired from medicine and made Collingwood his home, where he organized and lead the development of the Arboretum, was actively involved with the Horticultural Society and Trinity United Church; he was awarded the Order of Collingwood and the Queen's Jubilee Medal. His kind, gentle nature, quick wit and love of life will be missed by all who knew him.

Pamela Margaret Barton - April 25, 1951 - January 19, 2015 BartonDr. Pamela Barton died unexpectedly in Calgary on January 19, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. Pam was born in East Molesey, England, on April 25, 1951, to Nancy Fitzgerald (née Preston) and Richard Charles Barton. She is survived by her husband Dr. Douglas Richard James, brother John Barton, sister Sue Schroder, and extended family on both sides in Canada, Great Britain, and New Zealand. Pam came to Alberta with her parents and sister in 1954 and grew up in Edmonton and Calgary. She graduated from the University of Calgary with an Honours BSc in biochemistry in 1973 and an MD in 1976, the year she married Doug. She joined him at the University of Minnesota where she trained in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, before completing her Canadian requirements at the University of Saskatchewan in 1981.

In addition to achieving specialist qualifications in PM&R in the United States and Canada, she earned subspecialty certification in both electrodiagnostic and pain medicine. She held clinical and academic appointments at the universities of Western Ontario and Calgary, where her work focused on musculoskeletal medicine and chronic pain. Pam was a national and local leader in PM&R. In 1997, she cofounded and was the first medical director of the Calgary Chronic Pain Centre, where she maintained her practice. She also played a very active role at the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (CAPM&R), serving as Second Vice President on the CAPM&R Executive. Between 1997 and 1999, Pam was the President of the Alberta Physiatry Association (APA).

Admired by her colleagues and patients, she mentored medical students, residents, and professional peers, and was known for her expertise in treating the most complex cases. She was as committed to those in her personal life as she was to her profession, making no distinction between family and friends, passionate in her engagement with others, always generously sharing her wisdom and affection. For more than four decades, she and Doug cultivated a loving, respectful, and ever deepening relationship. Their appetite for adventure included kayaking in Haida Gwaii, trekking in Nepal, cycling in Morocco, scuba diving in Belize, and travelling widely and often. A Girl Guide and figure skater in her youth, she was an avid ballroom dancer, swimmer, walker, reader, student of Spanish and Pilates, and follower of the arts. Please join Pam's family, friends, and colleagues in celebrating her life on Saturday, February 7, at 2 p.m. at Foster’s Garden Chapel, 3220-4th Street. N.W. 

Donations in her memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada in lieu of flowers. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website

Remembering Dr. Meridith Marks Friends and family of Dr. Meridith Marks gathered in St. John’s recently for a memorial service for the Newfoundland native who passed away in late April in Ottawa. The renowned physiatrist never forgot her humble beginnings in Port aux Basques. The association of physical medicine and rehabilitation presented Dr. Marks with the award of merit before her passing. They also prepared a special video highlighting her many accomplishments. Meridith Marks

MARKS, 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.  

Judith P. Durance DURANCE, Judith P. - MD, FRCP(C) - Died in Kingston, Ontario on January 24, 2014 after a courageous 6 month battle with a brain tumour. She was the beloved daughter of the late Eleanor (Pate) and William Durance, sister of Gail. According to Judy's wishes there will be no visitation or services. Cremation and a private interment will take place in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. A celebration of her life with family and friends will take place in Kingston in the Spring.

The CAPM&R and the CPRDF would like to acknowledge Dr. Durance for her generous bequest to the Foundation.  CPRDF was named as a beneficiary of a cash gift in the Last Will and Testament of Judith Patricia Durance in the amount of $10,000. The specific purpose of the Foundation is to promote research and development of the specialty by physicians in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The general purpose of the Foundation activities is intended to be beneficial to the needs of persons with disability in Canada.

Dr. Theo Arie van Rijn, March 20, 1946- August 26, 2014 Physician, athlete, teacher, lover of nature, avid photographer and mentor to a generation of young doctors, Theo van Rijn was a man of rare compassion and sensitivity. As one of his patients, Mike Harcourt, the former mayor of Vancouver and premier of British Columbia, put it simply: “Theo was a magnificent person. He will be missed.” Anyone who knew Theo, whether as a student, medical colleague or friend, would agree with that assessment. He was only 68 when, following a long struggle with ALS, he passed away peacefully in Sechelt B.C., surrounded by his family and closest friends. 

He is survived by his daughter Catriana, his wife Carol, his sister Susan Gow, and his niece Elizabeth Gow.  He was predeceased by his son Kiran, his parents Arie and Mary van Rijn, and his brother-in-law Duncan Gow. Theo graduated from Humberside Collegiate in Toronto in 1964 and received his Hon. BSc from University of Toronto in 1968.  During his student years he devoted his energies to competitive swimming. He broke several Canadian records in the freestyle, competed at the World Student Games in Tokyo, and won U of T’s George M. Biggs Trophy for top athlete in 1970. Theo graduated in Medicine at U of T in 1971 and earned his FRCPC from University of British Columbia in 1983.  Since 1972 Theo worked as General Practitioner and later as Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) in British Columbia. He served as head of the UBC Division of PMR and Medical Director of GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Vancouver 2002-2006.  Theo was involved in teaching PMR Residents since 1984. A dedicated and caring teacher, he received several awards for excellence in teaching.  In 2008 the UBC Division of PM&R created the Theo van Rijn Award in his honour for his contribution to the PM&R Residency Program. 

In 2009 Theo received a special honour:  his inspirational photography was showcased in a mural in the main lobby at GF Strong. Theo retired from office practice in 2011 but continued his early morning teaching sessions with his residents until his final months.  In retirement he also traveled extensively in Canada, Africa, and Europe to pursue his passion for photography.

Theo will be best remembered as a completely devoted father.  He suffered a devastating loss in 2005 with the death of his only son Kiran from cardiac arrhythmia.  Kiran shared Theo’s intellectual curiosity, his competitive athletic drive, his profound love of nature, and his keen interest in photography.  Theo established a number of scholarships in his memory, notably the Kiran van Rijn Centenary Scholarship at UBC. Theo was also immensely proud of his daughter Catriana, a dedicated and compassionate teacher herself and an avid photographer. Despite the rapid decline in his health, Theo remained positive and intellectually alive, largely because of the exceptional care and loving support provided in his last seven months by our friends Greg and Gerry Latham.  Our thanks to the ALS Society and the Sunshine Coast palliative care team.

As the end neared, he wrote this poem: The boat has docked and Its passengers have embarked. While it has been a long journey, The passage will be short. I look for familiar faces and See many on the other shore. I am at peace, knowing I have lived well." In lieu of flowers, Theo’s wish was that donations be made to the ALS Society or to the Kiran van Rijn Scholarship at St. George’s School. 

A celebration of life will be held at St. George’s School, 4175 W. 29th Avenue, Vancouver on Saturday, October 4 from 2 to 5 p.m.