Former resident to appear here for dedication

Fort Frances residents will be welcoming an old friend on Friday.
Dr. Gerald Niznick, son of Ed and Sadie Niznick who owned Niznick’s clothing store on Scott Street, will be in town to attend a dedication ceremony at La Verendrye Hospital.
Dr. Niznick donated $100,000 to the “Care Close to Home” campaign in 2000 to support the Phase IV expansion at the hospital that is currently underway.
The new diagnostic imaging department will be dedicated to the memory of Dr. Niznick’s parents, who lived here from 1947-77.
“It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to make a contribution to the community that I remember so fondly,” he said. “I welcome the opportunity to honour my parents by dedicating the new department in the hospital in their memory.”
Dr. Niznick will be attending the ceremony with his wife Reesa. The couple now make their home in Los Angeles and have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
“Reesa and I both pleased to have this opportunity to visit to Fort Frances,” Dr. Niznick said.
“Reesa hasn’t been here since we drove through in 1964 on our way to Winnipeg from our honeymoon trip to New York,” he added. “We look forward to personally reacquainting ourselves with the town that gave me and my family a true sense of community that has served us well throughout our life.”
Two of Dr. Niznick’s three siblings, Dr. Joel Niznick who lives in Ottawa and Sharon Niznick-Glass who lives in Winnipeg, will also be attending the dedication ceremony. Judi Niznick-Donoff now lives in Florida.
After graduating from the University of Manitoba Dental School in 1966, Dr. Niznick made a name for himself in the field of dentistry after inventing a new type of dental implant. He founded his own company in 1982 to sell his implants, and in 2001 sold his company $100 million U.S.
He is generally recognized as the father of America implant dentistry, and has been recognized with Honourary Doctorates from the University of Manitoba and Tel Aviv University.
Despite his overwhelming success, Dr. Niznick recalls the small Ontario town where he grew up.
“My sister, Sharon, and I were six and four when we moved to Fort Frances,” he recalled. “We lived above our dad’s store, Niznick’s LMT on Scott Street. My mother gave birth to twins, Judy and Joel at La Verendrye Hospital over 50 years ago, and we moved into a house my dad built at 822 Second Street.”
The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony at the hospital on Sept. 2, which will include the unveiling of a plaque, a tour of the expanded wing, and an informal reception for guests.