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Meet our Outstanding Canadians: Tom Warshawski

 Dr. Tom Warshawski has practiced as a consultant pediatrician at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) since 1993 and is the former head of pediatrics at KGH.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Warshawski has raised awareness about important issues affecting Canadian kids, in particular the impact of childhood obesity. For his efforts in promoting Healthy Active Living in children and youth, Dr. Warshawski has been the recipient of the Judith Hall Award from the BC Pediatric Society, a Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Pediatric Society, and a Special Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Warshawski has supported multiple fundraising efforts of the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, including an initiative to renovate the KGH Pediatric Unit and the current Giving Giggles campaign, which raised $3 million for a brand-new Neonatal ICU, Labour, and Delivery ward, and private post-partum rooms for moms and babies at KGH.

He spearheaded the development of Sip Smart! BC, an educational program that helps teach children in grades 4 to 6 about sugary drinks. Dr. Warshawski was also a co-leader in the successful initiative to disseminate this program across Canada, including to First Nation communities.