Dr. John R. Dubois

Dr. John R. Dubois

In 1965, Dr. John Dubois was recruited to London to become the Founding Executive Director of Madame Vanier Children's Services. Under his leadership, Vanier became the first licensed incorporated children's treatment centre in the province in 1968.

In 1972, when the centre moved from Fontbonne Hall on Queen's Avenue to its present site on Trafalgar Street, he was responsible for developing a comprehensive range of residential, day treatment and outpatient assessment and treatment services which have been recognized as being second to none in the province.

Dr. Dubois played a leadership role in the development of children's mental health services in Ontario. In 1996, he received an award from the Ontario Association of Children's Mental Health Centres recognizing his lifetime contribution to the field of children's mental health. In the same year, The University of Western Ontario installed Dr. Dubois as Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Medicine.

Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to medical education and to training of other professionals. He has taught at Fanshawe College and is a member of the Departments of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Occupational Therapy at the University of Western Ontario, where he served a term as the Acting Head of the Division of Child Psychiatry.

Dr. John Dubois retired from Vanier after 31 years of dedicated service. He has continued in private practice since that time. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and psychiatric training at the University of Colorado. After a stint in the U.S. Air Force during which he was stationed in Japan, he finished his training and practiced Psychiatry in Detroit, Michigan before coming to Canada.

Dr. Dubois' interests range from parenting and child discipline, the organization of services for troubled children and youth, consulting to under serviced areas, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, Tourette's Syndrome, medical education and psychopharmacology.

Dr. Dubois' distinguished career, much of it centered on Vanier, is being celebrated with the Roots and Wings Award. Dr. Dubois provided a strong and healthy root system to children's mental health services.