The Chief Medical Officer of Health for Renfrew County, Dr. Robert Cushman, has been named one of the recipients of the United Way Eastern Ontario Community Builder of the Year Award.

The charity praised not only Dr. Cushman’s work through the pandemic, but also highlighted his rebuilding of social services afterwards. They say he has focused on the collateral damage the pandemic had on schooling and community mental health and said the Doctor fostered a collaborative approach to deal with the crisis. They also praised him for his work on Project Step, a collaboration with the United Way to combat addiction in youth.

The United Way Community Builder Award is a yearly honour that wishes to highlight “volunteers and champions” of the community that work to make those communities better. Past recipients from Renfrew County include the Phoenix Centre, Algonquin College, The Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and the Champlain Community Support, Dementia and Local Health Integration Network.