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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  22

House concurrent resolution honoring the medical career of Dr. Gilles Bouchard of Stanstead, Quebec

Offered by:  Representatives Shaw of Derby, Kilmartin of Newport City, Marcotte of Coventry and Wheeler of Derby

Offered by: Senators Illuzzi and Starr

Whereas, Dr. Gilles Bouchard of Stanstead, Quebec is a truly international physician who has treated patients on both sides of the United States–Canadian border, and

Whereas, a sign at Dr. Bouchard’s office reading “No one must pay if you are short of money.  Just say ‘Thanks doc’” epitomizes his commitment to caring for his patients’ medical requirements, and

Whereas, he is a native of Stanstead and the oldest of eight children, and

Whereas, Dr. Bouchard attended classes through the eighth grade in Stanstead before matriculating at the Sherbrooke Academy for his secondary and college education and then proceeding to the University of Montreal where he earned his medical degree, and

Whereas, in 1963, after completing his internship training at five hospitals in the Montreal area, Dr. Bouchard returned home to Stanstead where he established a family medical practice, and

Whereas, his wife, Madeleine, and he are the parents of four sons and a daughter, and

Whereas, in the course of his career, Dr. Bouchard has treated nearly 500,000 patients and delivered 1,000 babies, occasionally in his office, but mostly at Newport (North Country) Hospital, enabling those newborns whose parents were Canadians to claim dual citizenship, and

Whereas, throughout his career, Dr. Bouchard has placed a premium on keeping current with new health care innovations by taking postgraduate courses, both at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and at Temple University in Philadelphia, and

Whereas, during his long and illustrious career, Dr. Bouchard, who is now semi-retired, earned the respect and admiration of many individuals who reside in the Northeast Kingdom, and

Whereas, Dr. Bouchard is a truly great humanitarian, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes Dr. Gilles Bouchard for his role as a caring and compassionate health care provider for patients in southern Quebec and the Northeast Kingdom, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dr. Gilles Bouchard in Stanstead, Quebec.



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