Abernethy President (OADD)
2003, Doug Abernethy President of Orillia Against
Drunk Driving was the recipient of the Community
Service Award from the Simcoe County Medical
Society for 2003.
Committee and Board of Directors considered the
nomination, submitted by Dr. Richard Johnston,
Community Service Award is awarded annually to a
non-physician who has made a significant
contribution to the health and welfare of the
people of a local community as defined by
involvement in community health and public
Board of Directors of the Ontario Medical
Association unanimously concurred with the
nomination by Dr. Johnston.
Abernethy was responsible for creating the Alcohol
Ignition Interlock device program which is
mandatory in the Province of Ontario for those
convicted of drinking and driving.
Doug Abernethy told the OMA that it was an
honor to receive the Community Service Award from
the Ontario Medical Association for 2003, and he
would like to receive the award in memory of his
brother Tim who was 15-years-old when he was
killed by a drunk driver.