Healthcare Hero // Dr. Roberta McKay

Trailblazer, philanthropist, cultural enthusiast and trusted care provider – SIMS is very proud and pleased to recognize Dr. Roberta McKay as a Healthcare Hero!

Dr. McKay has practiced dermatology for more than three decades in Saskatchewan. Born and raised in Regina, she re-located to Saskatoon following high school in order to pursue post-secondary studies at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). After completing her nursing degree, she began her healthcare career as a general duty nurse at Royal University Hospital, where she began to teach nursing and later served as the head of staff development for a number of years. Following the completion of her medical degree at the U of S, Dr. McKay headed to Montreal to undertake her residency in dermatology at McGill University.

Returning to Regina, Dr. McKay went on to assume leadership roles in the Plains Health Centre, Pasqua Hospital, and the Regina Health Region, all the while heading her successful dermatology practice. During this time, Dr. McKay additionally served as a member of the board for the Saskatchewan Medical Association and became the association’s first female president.

Driven by a love of her vocation and a deep commitment to the people she serves, Dr. McKay is a celebrated medical professional. She attributes her success to the encouragement, generosity and compassion of her parents, along with the support and inspiration of valued mentors and colleagues. The stories and experiences of her patients serve as a daily motivation, while the ever-changing healthcare landscape generates new challenges and opportunities that keep Dr. McKay excited and engaged on her chosen path.

A number of years ago, AIDS South Saskatchewan approached Dr. McKay with an innovative idea to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of the healthcare providers in the province. The organization felt that many extraordinary things were going unacknowledged in communities around Saskatchewan and Dr. McKay could not have agreed more! Thus, the Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence Awards (SHEA) were born, with Dr. McKay playing a leadership role in the initiative as the founding sponsor. 2015 marked the 13th annual SHEA awards!

In addition to their contributions to healthcare, Dr. McKay and her husband, renowned sculptor Elmer Brenner, are very involved in the provincial arts community. Sharing a passion for music, theatre, dance, visual arts, architecture and heritage, they are generous and enthusiastic patrons to a variety of creative and cultural organizations across Saskatchewan.

Dr. McKay has been recognized as Regina’s Citizen of the Year and was the recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Philanthropist of the Year award. Dr. McKay has also received a YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Health and Wellness, along with a number of other accolades and deserved acknowledgement for her charitable activities.

Please join us in recognizing and celebrating Dr. Roberta McKay for all she does to make Saskatchewan a healthier, safer place!

Drew Simonar