Rural P.E.I. has lost one of its champions.
Dr. Joyce Madigane passed away last night. She practised medicine in the Tyne Valley area for nearly 40 years.
Madigane was widely regarded as one of the most highly respected physicians on P.E.I. and a feisty defender of rural health care and was named to the Order of Prince Edward Island in June.
Ashley Wilson of Mount Pleasant credits Madigane with saving her daughter Jazmyn just nine months ago, when she was about six weeks old.
“What she did … there’s no way we could ever repay her. She’s definitely my daughter’s guardian angel,” said Wilson.
“Dr. Madigane actually calls Jazmyn her granddaughter,” she said.
Lynden Ellis worked with Madigane on the Friends of the Stewart Memorial Hospital committee for many years.
Her loss will be felt immediately and profoundly, said Ellis.
“It’s going to be one of the biggest losses this community has ever faced,” he said.
“She was just a super person.”
Tyne Valley–Linkletter MLA Paula Biggar said the Island has lost one of its great citizens.
"The community of Tyne Valley and area and indeed our Island have lost a doctor, humanitarian, and friend,” said Biggar.
“It’s going to be one of the biggest losses this community has ever faced.
"She has been a beacon of support for many families in times of joy and sadness. We as a community and from myself as MLA and her neighbour of 38 years pass our deepest condolences to her son and extended family both here and abroad."
A native of Zimbabwe, Madigane received her medical training in the United Kingdom and has practised medicine on P.E.I. since 1973.
Opposition Health Critic James Aylward issued condolences on behalf of the PC caucus.
“On behalf of Opposition Leader Steven Myers, MLA Colin Lavie, and myself, we offer our deepest sympathies to Dr. Madigane’s family, friends and colleagues during this time of sorrow,” said Aylward.
“Dr. Madigane’s contributions to the Tyne Valley area, large and small, will not soon be forgotten.”
Premier Robert Ghiz said in a statement that Madigane will never be forgotten.
“She made a lifelong contribution to Prince Edward Island and her devotion to her profession, along with her tireless public service, will always be remembered,” he said.