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Videos & Testimonials

We caught up with some previous QBMAYI members and past scholarship recipients to get their testimonials. They kindly accepted to share their experiences and advice in the videos below. 

Many thanks to:

  • Dr. André Barnave 
  • Sandy Francois
  • Cymanthia Thomas
  • Sonja Damika Lue
  • Dr. Marcel Edward
  • Dr. Hakeem Sam
  • Dr. Karl Kabasele 

*In order of appearance in the introductory video "Where are they now?"

Where are they now?


The Youth Task Force (The beginning)


QBMA's Meaning


QBMA's Role


Lessons Learned


Greatest Achievement



News: A look at the QBMA symposium 1998

On October 17th 1998, The Quebec Black Medical Association (QBMA), The Quebec Board of Black Educators (QBBE) and The National Council of Black Educators of Canada (NCBEC) organized a symposium entitled "A Young Scientists' Conference"

This conference was an opportunity for young Black scientists to present their research activities, allow them to create network with their peers and expose them to the larger scientific community.

In the light of The QBMA's 20th Anniversary, it is a great occasion to take a look back at the 1st scientific symposium hosted by The QBMA.

Following is the booklet of the 1998 event.


In Loving Memory of Dr. Elrie Clifford Tucker


by PENELOPE TUCKER, Dr. Tucker's wife

Originally posted by the Globe and Mail on 22 May 2015.

Husband, father, physician, entrepreneur, mentor. Born on March 17, 1932, in Forest Reserve, Trinidad; died on Jan. 14, 2015, in Montreal, from complications of prostate cancer, aged 82.

Elrie Tucker was always looking to make a buck. As a young man in Trinidad he started a taxi service and ran Saturday-night dances while teaching high school in Port of Spain. He was happy enough, until his brother Eric decided to leave to become a doctor. Elrie realized that there was more to the world than his island home and followed his brother to Montreal.

Elrie entered the science program at McGill University, intending to become a physician, but his interests were broad; he studied Italian and religion as well, and toyed with going into the ministry. He and his McGill friends also started a singing group, the Caribbean Chorus (their 1957 album, Songs from the British West Indies, is still available on Smithsonian Folkways Records). 

Elrie and I met while we were at McGill, where he finished 10th in his med school class. Money was tight and summer jobs were essential. One summer, he worked in the Arctic as a cook on the Distant Early Warning Line. A stint at the Greyhound bus station as a porter brought in much-needed cash, although when I took my father to the bus station to introduce him to my future husband, he was not amused to see this handsome young black man skivvied up in a porter's uniform! We married in 1959, while still in school. While I did my fourth year in dentistry, Elrie went to Detroit to intern at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He returned to Montreal to begin his specialty in obstetrics and gynecology, under the aegis of George Maughan, who advised him to specialize in infertility. With our three-yearold son Christian and baby daughter Holly in tow, we set off for London, England, where Elrie studied at the Chelsea Hospital for Women. When we came back to Montreal, we welcomed our second son, Clive.

In 1967, Elrie bridged the city's racial divide: He became the first black obstetrician to join the staff of the Royal Victoria Hospital. His skills and welcoming personality helped him to develop a thriving practice. When he decided women needed more options than a hospital setting in which to have a baby, he launched his own private birthing centre (he also delivered babies at home, a novelty at the time). Elrie and Stan Blicker, a good friend and fellow doctor, also opened thermography and mammography clinics, while Elrie delved into the then-new field of laparoscopy.

In his mid-30s, he earned his pilot's licence for small planes.

He loved to fly so it wasn't surprising when, in 1973, he started Tropic Air, a Barbados-based charter airline. The airline, which operated for 20 years and was run mainly by local managers, was used by celebrities including Princess Margaret and Bianca Jagger for holiday jaunts to islands such as Mustique.

At 61, Elrie suffered a heart attack and small stroke. He renounced his former couchpotato lethargy and joined the YMCA's Heart Throbs class to get into shape. He retired from his medical practice in the fall of 2013, only when forced by illness.

Elrie was determined to give back to his community, and in 1991 started the Quebec Black Medical Association. He personally raised funds for more than 500 scholarships for aspiring young black physicians and nurses, and for many brilliant young doctors seeking to further their careers. The program was one of his proudest achievements, although his children and three grandchildren were his greatest joy.

Elrie was larger than life - he filled rooms with his personality and humour. A truly remarkable man, with a remarkable legacy, he is deeply missed.

Announcement: QBMA 2012 Scholarship

Are you studying medicine, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, exercise science, nursing, pharmacy or pharmacology? Are you a pre-Med or in another healthcare science field?

Apply for a QBMA Scholarship!

The instructions on the application process and the application form can be found here.                  

The application deadline is March 30th 2012 at 4pm.

Note: Deadline extended to April 16th.

Pictures of the 2011 Gala

Some of the QBMA Scholarship Recipients (2011)

From left to right: 
Lydia (3rd yr. Med),
Michel Tremblay (Sanofi representative), Florence (PhD Public Health),
Peter (PhD Exp.Med.)
From left to right:
Sylavanus (PhD Biochemistry)
Marcel (M.D-PhD)
Lyne Fortin (Merck represenative)
Olivia (MSc Biology)
Eugene (PhD Virology)

Professor Glyne Pigott  (left) and Nursing student Culleena Hibbert Sandiford 




Dr. Nelson Uban (right) and Nursing student Sirri Nsoh Delphine 





Nursing student Takukend Cletus sharing a laugh with Dr. Tucker


QBMA's 2011 Scientific Symposium & Pictures

“QBMA, 20 years and counting, motivating black professionals in medicine and research.”

On Friday October 21st, at the Loews Vogue Hotel, Montreal, the Quebec Black Medical Association hosted the 2nd edition of the QBMA Scientific Symposium in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of QBMA.
The Theme was: “Showcasing evolving medical and research directions”
This symposium showcased the medically related research being carried out by black and visible minority researchers and students across Quebec and Canada.
Presenters at this conference consisted of exceptional university students involved in research, some of whom would have applied for or received QBMA scholarships for the 2011/2012 academic year. It was a good opportunity to interact will fellow students and scientists partaking in a wide diversity of medical research.
This also presented an excellent networking opportunity for young researchers, seeing as representatives of our pharmaceutical and corporate sponsors were in attendance.

2011 QBMA Scientific Symposium

QBMA and QBMAYI have the pleasure to invite you to the

                        "2011 QBMA Scientific Symposium"

*** Students and General Public are welcome!! ***

 - Free Admission for All
 - Free Refreshments and Snacks
*** On the Agenda ***
- Students' Poster Session
- Students' Oral Presentations
- Keynote Speaker from National Bank on " How to finance your Studies and Staying Focused"
Please note there is limited space - RSVP is recommended
You can RSVP by sending an email to or RSVP on facebook

News: QBMA Scientific Symposium coming up this Fall 2011

 This year, the QBMA celebrates its 20th Anniversary!

The QBMA is organizing a Scientific Symposium, which will be held on Friday October 21st 2011 at the Loews Hotel Vogue (1425 de la Montagne) from 1:30-4:30 pm. Abstracts for poster or oral presentation are welcome.

  • Prizes for best poster and oral presentation!
  • Great opportunity to network, meet health professionals and researchers!
  • We will reimburse each student up to $50 for the cost of their poster.
  • Refreshments will be served.
  • Open to all, however space is limited, please RSVP.

You can submit your abstract to

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information. 

***August Note: The deadline to submit abstracts has been extended. 

*** Here is the Official Student Invitation for the Symposium

Message from the Honorable Lucie Pépin

For the past 14 years, this association, under the leadership of Dr. E.C. Tucker, has provided assistance to hundreds of black students in pursuing careers in the health field. These scholarships have made it possible for top black health sciences students at the college or university level to complete their studies or research projects.

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Ministre de la Santé et des services sociaux du Québec

Notre système de santé repose sur la contribution et la participation de tous les citoyens, et je compte sur l’apport indispensable des personnes noires pour bâtir à l’image du Québec: accueillant, ouvert et équitable. 

Philippe Couillard Ministre de la Santé et des services sociaux du Québec




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Thank you QBMA!

It's a great and wonderful way to help those who are in need. As we all know, the cost of books can be very expensive. This is my way of saying thank you to the QBMA; I am grateful for the help they provided Tiffany in an needful time. Thank you very much once again. Keep up the good work!                                            

 Brenda St-Cyr, Parent of QBMA Scholarship Recipient