In Memoriam: Doris Sweetnam 1920 - 2007
Doris was a fixture of the Stittsville, Ontario community for 40 years, a community innovator, acupuncturist, mentor, toastmaster and businesswoman. Her presence is greatly missed by family, friends and former employees.
Doris and her daughter Carol founded M.E.D. Servi-Systems in 1980 under the name of MD AcuDesigns & Supplies. Fresh from acupuncture studies in Asia and Europe, they had difficulty in finding supplies in North America and so imported acupuncture needles to use in their own practice and to sell to colleagues.
M.E.D. Servi-Systems played an important role in the expansion of acupuncture and auricular medicine in North America during the 1980s. Seeing a need for instruction in North America, M.E.D. Servi-Systems brought in lecturers from around the world to help introduce more Canadians and Americans to these disciplines.
In January 2006 Doris sold M.E.D. Servi-Systems to Eastern Currents Distributing, certain that Eastern Currents would continue to increase awareness of alternative medicine with a similar passion and provide excellent service and educational development to the next generation of healthcare practitioners.
Attendees of the Canadian Oriental Medical Symposium in 2006 heard Doris speak at the opening ceremonies. She was energetic and animated, reminding practitioners that they hold powerful keys to health. Throughout her talk we were swept away by her passion and conviction.
Eastern Currents took up the mantle that Doris bequeathed to us. We commit to be a leader in the field of acupuncture and TCM. To provide the best selection of quality products, and to keep practitioners on the leading edge of the field. We strive to ensure that practitioners are successful in bringing to the world the extraordinary benefits of our profession.
In honour of Doris’ pioneering efforts we established the Doris Sweetnam Scholarship Fund open to third and fourth-year full-time students in the field of acupuncture, TCM, and Naturopathic Medicine.