Sherbourne Health Centre awarded ‘Family Practice of the Year’

Sherbourne Health Centre has been named the 2017 Ontario College of Family Physicians Family Practice of the Year for delivering comprehensive services and continuity of care for clients.

TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2017 – Sherbourne Health Centre has received the 2017 Family Practice of the Year Award from the Ontario College of Family Physicians. This prestigious award celebrates the achievements and hard work of a family practice in providing exceptional care to its users and making meaningful contributions to the health and well-being of their communities.

The announcement marks Family Doctor Week in Canada, which takes place from November 6-11, and celebrates the crucial role of family physicians in maintaining the health of Canadians.

Sherbourne’s nomination was put forth in March 2017 for the ‘large practice’ category comprising six or more physicians. As an interdisciplinary primary care team, Sherbourne’s family practice is being recognized for its excellence in community and medical leadership, which includes the provision of medical and nursing care, chronic disease prevention and management, mental health counselling, community support and outreach, nutrition, health promotion and medical administration.

This award also highlights the family practice’s dedication to life-long learning and teamwork to ensure ongoing quality client care. Sherbourne works hard to become culturally competent and practice from an anti-racism, anti-oppression framework that is known for being respectful and ‘queer-positive.’ Through internal collaboration at Sherbourne and external community partnerships, Sherbourne creates programs, services, education and outreach that are tailored to the specific health and wellness needs of its clients.

Sherbourne will be honoured at the 2017 OCFP Honours and Awards ceremony on November 23.


“We are thrilled to have been recognized by the OCFP with this great honour. It’s a true testament to our primary care team’s ability to work across populations and programs to provide excellent care, while continuing to support, influence and collaborate with every area of Sherbourne.”

– Laura Pripstein, Medical Director, Sherbourne Health Centre

“I am so very proud of all our staff and what they bring to their work every day. This award is for everyone at Sherbourne, and exemplifies how our hard-working, dedicated providers are at the very heart of our primary care team.”

– Hazelle Palmer, President & CEO, Sherbourne Health Centre

About Sherbourne Health Centre

Sherbourne Health Centre is an urban health agency in downtown Toronto that provides holistic primary care and chronic disease management, mental health services, health promotion and education, and outreach and social supports. Sherbourne’s doors are open to everyone, with a focus on the LGBTQ community, homeless and under-housed people and newcomers to Canada, whose complex needs are often not met by traditional health care. Sherbourne combines high quality clinical care with responsive, culturally appropriate community development programs that bring low-barrier services to people in the surrounding communities who need it most.


Jamie Louie
Communications Officer
Sherbourne Health Centre
Tel: 416-324-4100 ext. 5270

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VIDEO: Together We Are Family Medicine (Nov. 28, 2017): To commemorate Sherbourne’s 2017 Family Practice of the Year award, the OCFP developed a video featuring Sherbourne family physicians June Cheng, Allison Lou and Laura Pripstein, as well as other Sherbourne staff, and our Family Health Team’s collective role in providing care to clients.

Together We Are Family Medicine from OCFP on Vimeo.