The 2015 Power of the Arts Family Medicine Fellowship award recipient announced

November 10, 2015

(Mississauga, ON, November 9, 2015) – The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), its Research and Education Foundation (REF), and the Michaëlle Jean Foundation (MJF), are pleased to announce Dr Stephen Darcy of St John’s, Newfoundland, as the first recipient of the Power of the Arts Family Medicine Fellowship award.

Dr Darcy is recognized for his exemplary work with the SMART Youth (Synergy of Medicine and the Arts in Youth Well-being) project. This initiative was first established in 2012 in Shea Heights-Blackhead, Newfoundland, after a group of medical practitioners noted the high number of local youths who suffered from untreated mental illness and addictions. With strong community support and a robust team of clinical and professional experts, the SMART Youth project began to promote youth mental health through research and art-based interventions.

“We are delighted that Canada’s first-ever arts and family medicine research Fellowship will help trace effective pathways to health and well-being for vulnerable youth in Newfoundland. The outcome of this study will be very useful, as we seek ways to better connect medical practitioners with the youth-driven community arts projects we support across the country,” said the Rt Hon Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond, Co-founders and Co-chairs of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.

“This fellowship grant will support Dr Darcy and his team as they continue to study and evaluate the many ways in which the arts can complement clinical outcomes and foster positive health benefits for marginalized youth,” says the CFPC’s Executive Director and CEO, Francine Lemire, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, CAE. “Funding of research projects such as this one is instrumental to broadening our knowledge of arts-based interventions and innovative program models.”

Research into the arts as a tool for social inclusion, innovation, and overall well-being is a relatively new and important area of study,” adds REF’s Chair Ralph Masi, MD, CCFP, FCFP. “This is an exciting new opportunity and will bring forth new ways in which medical practitioners can utilize the arts for positive social change. CFPC’s Research and Education Foundation proudly supports this Fellowship.”

The Fellowship will be presented on Tuesday, November 10th, as part of the CFPC’s annual Family Medicine Forum taking place in Toronto.

The Power of the Arts Family Medicine Fellowship award was established in 2014 and was made possible by the generosity of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and CFPC’s Research and Education Foundation. This Fellowship includes one award per year for three years. Each award is up to $20,000 to enable family medicine researchers to evaluate how the arts may be used to promote health, well-being, recovery, and social inclusion at both the individual and community levels, particularly with marginalized populations.

About the College of Family Physicians of Canada

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) represents more than 34,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training, certification, and lifelong education of family physicians. The College provides quality services and programs, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine. The CFPC accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools.

About the Research and Education Foundation

Serving the future of family medicine in Canada, the Research and Education Foundation (REF) of the CFPC was established in 1994. The REF funds numerous research grants, scholarships, and awards recognizing clinicians, teachers, researchers, residents, and medical students. These awards have significant impact on patient care in communities across Canada. The REF is the only charitable organization in Canada dedicated solely to supporting the research and education initiatives carried out by family doctors on behalf of their patients. For more information visit

 About the Michaëlle Jean Foundation

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation supports youth arts initiatives that transform young lives and revitalize underserved communities across Canada. Through its programs, underprivileged youth are using their creativity to build new solutions to pressing social issues, like poverty, social exclusion, and mental health. In so doing, they are catalyzing innovative community renewal projects, driving Aboriginal cultural resurgence, and kick-starting cutting-edge business ventures all over the country. For more information visit

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