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Dr. Don Stefiuk's first patient is also his last

Dr. Don Stefiuk’s last day as a family physician in Saskatoon also contained a first.

Dr. Stefiuk retired on Friday, June 28, from the practice he joined in 1979. One patient made sure to book the final appointment, at 2:30 p.m.

Bruce Calwell, 91, has been a longtime patient of Dr. Stefiuk. In fact, he says he was the first.

“I booked this appointment because he was leaving and retiring. I thought it was a great idea to be the first and last,” Calwell said following his final examination by Dr. Stefiuk.

“He’s been a nice guy,” Dr. Stefiuk replied with a chuckle, “and he’s stayed healthy. He has done what he’s supposed to do to stay healthy, as you can see. He’s pretty trim and fit.”

Dr. Stefiuk joined City Centre Family Physicians in 1978, the fourth physician to join after it was established in the Canada Building in Saskatoon in 1974 by Dr. Noel Doig and Dr. Joseph Golumbia. Dr. Stefiuk served his profession in many capacities, including a stint on the Saskatchewan Medical Association board from 2011 to 2015.

Calwell remembers going to that building for his first appointments before the practice moved to City Park, and then to Stonebridge.

“Dr. Stefiuk has looked after me really well,” he said. “He’s looked after me super good.”

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