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NLMA Board Member Dr. Lynnette Powell named Family Physician of the Year

Lynette Powell


The NLMA congratulates Dr. Lynnette Powell on being named Newfoundland and Labrador's Family Physician of the Year by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). Dr. Powell is a family physician in Grand Falls-Windsor and member of the NLMA Board of Directors. The award recognizes 10 dedicated family doctors in Canada who provide exceptional care to patients, contribute to the well-being of their communities and have committed themselves as researchers and educators to future generations of family doctors. The awards were presented on November 10th.


Dr. Lynette Powell is currently a Regional Physician Lead with Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Rural Medical Education Network. She has been one of the driving forces behind the Department of Family Medicine’s expansion of its residency program, currently serving as the Lead for the Central Stream, which offers learners the experience of becoming part of a rural community while evolving into competent and compassionate physicians. Dr. Powell is passionate about the success of this stream; between 60 per cent and 70 per cent of its residents have gone on to work in rural settings.


Dr. Powell also works as a staff physician for the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre, where she offers in- and outpatient care, operating room assistance, and emergency room coverage, and is a clinical associate in psychiatry and gynecology. She extends her passion for women’s health beyond the scope of her community, travelling across her region to provide Pap test clinics to underserved areas. She also sits on the Board of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association and is the Chair of its Public Engagement Committee, a role colleagues say she excels in thanks to her “bright and lively personality mixed with intelligence and wit.”


In 2014 Dr. Powell met with the Grand Falls-Windsor Town Council to discuss concerns about youth mental health, including suicides and attempted suicides in the community, stressing the importance of community engagement as part of solving youth mental health obstacles. Since that meeting Dr. Powell has built a network that includes medical staff, mental health workers, educators, community organizers, volunteers, and government agencies, and has delivered educational workshops, bringing in mental health experts from across Canada. Mayor Barry Manuel says the value of the time Dr. Powell has spent communicating with stakeholders to keep youth mental health issues at the forefront cannot be overstated—“She is a driver for community wellness.”



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