Merrilee Fullerton is a medical professional who has spent her career helping people in her community. Today, Merrilee is your Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Kanata-Carleton. In June 2018, she was asked by the Ontario Premier Doug Ford to assume Cabinet responsibilities as Minister for Training, Colleges and Universities.
Merrilee is a wife and mother, raising her three children in a busy Kanata household with Steve, her husband of 30 years. She is a lifelong Kanata resident; in fact, her family was one of the community’s first residents. She grew up on Kingsford Court, graduated from Earl of March High School, and taught swimming at Beaverbrook, Katimavik and Glen Cairn pools. She has fond memories of time spent in the Beaverbrook Library, at the Kanata stables, and showing her pony at the Carp Fair. Having both grown up in this community, Merrilee and Steve knew that Kanata was where they wanted to raise their own family. Today, they are still thrilled to enjoy the parks, waterways, and beauty found in their own Kanata Lakes backyard.
Having graduated from University of Ottawa Medical School, Merrilee practiced locally, first serving out of the Carleton Place Hospital and then as a family physician at Med-Team Clinic in Kanata. Dr. Fullerton has been very active in professional medical associations and local health care organizations, including advisory roles with both the Ontario Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association, and membership in the City of Ottawa Board of Health and the local LHIN serving Ottawa and area. Merrilee has been a constant advocate for better universal health care services, particularly long-term care services.
Between raising an active family of athletes and serving her community as a family doctor, Merrilee has always made time for volunteering in her community. Merrilee’s passion for her community and her extensive professional credentials will enable her to be a strong, positive voice for the residents of Kanata-Carleton.