Local doctor recognized for rural service, Drysdale

Dr. Robert Drysdale honoured for 29 years of rural service

One of Golden’s doctors is being rewarded after 29 years of serving our community. Dr. Robert Drysdale has been awarded with the Rural Service Award for “long and meritorious medical service to his community”.

The Rural Service Award is awarded by the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada in order to recognize physicians who work tirelessly to serve rural Canada.

“It’s nice to be recognized,” says Drysdale, “the Society of Rural Physicians does a wonderful job of supporting rural positions.”

Drysdale moved to Golden with the intention of staying for only three months. But after being asked to replace the retiring surgeon, Drysdale made the decision to stay and raise his family in our community.

“It’s a gorgeous place. I enjoy the outdoors and I raised my kids here. We hike, mountain bike, ski, it’s a good town.”

“Golden is a great place to work and to live. A lot of us at the hospital are approaching a time where we would like to slow down. But it can be a challenge to find doctors to stay in Golden and make a commitment to the community.”

The Society of Rural Physicians began in 1992. Currently, over 3000 physicians are members. In order to be awarded with the Rural Service Award, the physician must not only be a member of the SRPC for five years, but also have worked in rural Canada for 10 years. This year, the awards were presented at the Blue Mountain Resort in Ontario in front of more than 500 students, residents and physicians.