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Dr. Leisha Hawker is a family physician with certified added competence in addiction medicine practising in Halifax. She is passionate about health equity and publicly funded health care. She cofounded the Newcomer Health Clinic, which serves refugees and refugee claimants, and works at the North End Community Health Centre, which serves a diverse and marginalized population. She was named one of the Medical Post's Top 20 Physicians to Watch in 2015. She is the immediate past president of Doctors Nova Scotia and serves on the board of the Nova Scotia College of Family Physicians.

Dr. Hawker graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 2011. As a medical student, she won a CMA leadership innovation grant to increase Indigenous representation in medicine. She completed her family medicine training in 2013 and later obtained a certificate of added competence in addiction medicine. She has extensive leadership training. In 2015 she was awarded the Dr. William Grigor Award from Doctors Nova Scotia, which is given to a physician under the age of 50, and a year later she was given the Award of Excellence from the Nova Scotia College of Family Physicians for her advocacy for Indigenous and refugee health.

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