Youth Achievement Award: Dr. Jonathan Peter Wong

Dr Jonathan WongDr. Jonathan Peter Wong, 27, is passionate about ensuring good health for children of African Canadian and Caribbean descent – from health care to the social determinants of health and wellbeing.

The accomplished, youthful physician, scholar and former athlete grew up in Kingston, Jamaica and Toronto, Canada.

His undergraduate major was in Molecular Biology at the University of Connecticut in 2010, and he completed postgraduate studies at Medical School, University of Limerick, Ireland, in 2015.

Dr. Wong brings to the practice of medicine, a strong sense of cultural diversity and a keen curiosity to understand differences in society.

His avid research is in child health clinical research with national and international presentations in Montreal, Edmonton, Toronto and Vienna, Austria.

He was recently nominated for the 2015 Maternal Infant Child & Youth Research Network Trainee Award.

Dr. Wong is currently specializing in the highly sought-after Paediatric Medicine Residency Program at the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and plans to continue his studies in Canada, specializing in paediatric respiratory medicine and population health research.

His academic achievements are outstanding, including: Top 20 Medical Class, University of Limerick; Big East All-Academic Team; Dean’s List, University of Connecticut; Community Award, Crescent School; Canadian National Biology Scholar, University of Toronto; and Headmaster’s Honour Roll, Crescent School.

An impressive international competitive swimmer, Dr. Wong was an Ontario provincial gold medalist and a Jamaica senior national team member and national record holder.

He represented Jamaica internationally at the Central American Games, in Cartagena, Colombia in 2006; Pan American Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007; FINA World Championships, in Manchester, UK in 2008; and in Rome, Italy in 2009.

He attended the University of Connecticut on a Division One athletic scholarship and was chosen by his teammates to lead as Varsity Men’s Swimming and Diving Team Captain.

Beyond his academic and sports achievements, Dr. Wong is actively involved in community service, aimed at improving social determinants of child health of African Canadians.

He has mentored, fundraised, and volunteered with organizations sharing a similar mission – Jamaica Canadian Association; Project for the Advancement of Childhood Education (P.A.C.E.) Canada; Hunger Project Toronto and Teddy Bear Hospital.

He is particularly proud of supporting basic school childhood education in Fruitfulvale, Portland, Jamaica – the hometown of his family ancestry.

Sponsored by: Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).