Dr. Chris Nichol named recipient of 2017 Rural Physician Award of Distinction December 04, 2017

Dr. Chris Nichol, who has served Camrose and area for almost two decades, is the recipient of the 2017 Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP) Rural Physician Award of Distinction.  

Nominated by individuals representing over a dozen organizations, Dr. Nichol was selected to receive the honour by a review committee composed of rural Alberta community members and medical professionals. According to RhPAP Executive Director, Bernard Anderson, the review committee felt Dr. Nichol’s clinical leadership—including the development of team based care, his support of medical education, and involvement in the community—epitomizes the outstanding commitment to rural medicine and community that the award recognizes.

“The Board of Directors agrees that Dr. Nichol’s work to make St. Mary’s Hospital a rural stroke centre, and his support of medical education in the community through the “Young Medical Minds” program, are among the many amazing contributions to his community that make him worthy of this prestigious award,” Anderson added.

The RhPAP Rural Physician Award of Distinction was created in 2002 to recognize the contributions of all rural physicians, especially those ‘unsung heroes’ who provide Alberta rural communities with outstanding medical services and who make huge contributions to medical practice and their communities.

Founded in 1991 by the Government of Alberta as the Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan, a renewed Rural Health Professions Action Plan, or RhPAP, is transitioning from a rural physician support program to a rural allied health professionals and community development agency. Our vision is to help rural Alberta have and sustain the right number of rural health practitioners in the right places, offering the right services, through community and professional development programs, services, and evidence-informed advocacy. We are grateful to Alberta Health for its continued financial support.



For more information please contact:


Cherylyn Antymniuk

Site Administrator

Covenant Health, St. Mary’s Camrose

Tel: 780-679-6128


Colleen Lindholm

RhPAP Rural Consultant, Central Zone: East

Rural Health Professions Action Plan

Tel:  780-679-5975


Jonathan Koch

Director, Communications and Marketing

Rural Health Professions Action Plan

Tel: 587-987-4325


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