Dr. Shawn Jennings graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1978 and spent an active 20 years as a successful family doctor. In 1999, at age 45, a brainstem stroke forced him to retire. Since then, he has been very active as an advocate for disabled persons: he is the past president of the Canadian Association of Physicians with Disabilities; he sat on the Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Person for 10 years; he is an active member of the Kennebecasis Valley Committee for Disabled Persons and is involved in affordable housing ventures for disabled persons and seniors in the same area.
In 2007, Dr. Jennings was awarded the Dr. Garfield Moffatt Medal by the NB Medical Society for excellence in patient care, continuing medical education and community leadership. He was also awarded the Paul Harris Fellow from KV Rotary in 2011 for community involvement. Dr. Jennings’ first book, Locked In Locked Out, was published in 2002 and is now being reprinted for a third time; it serves as a textbook at the University of New Brunswick. This was followed in 2010 by a novel, The Dove’s Eye. Dr. Jennings resides in Rothesay with his wife Jill; they have three children.