Jennifer Wilson: Grant Us Tomorrow – a medical memoir

In 2004, as a family physician and mother of five young children, Jennifer Wilson had an epiphany. She realized that while she had been diligently focused on the needs of her family and her community, it was time to offer what she could to her global neighbours.

On her 37th birthday, she left her young family for two-weeks and, together with a handful of health care colleagues, went to offer her services in Northern Ghana.

That first mission expanded to become an international collaboration spanning fifteen years and transforming thousands of lives. Detailing the health challenges in one of Africa’s most impoverished regions, this book illuminates grinding global inequalities while offering hope that each of us can play a role in transforming our world.

Dr. Wilson has recently been appointed as the Canadian consultant of Family and Emergency Medicine and Director of International Partnerships at the Leyaata Hospital in Ghana, West Africa. Still a proud resident of her hometown, Uxbridge—where she and her husband have raised their five children—Jennifer continues to practice medicine there, as both a family and an emergency room physician.

She recently returned to school to complete a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a Collaborative Specialization in Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto where she is a Lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.


“Wonderfully written. A beautiful interplay between medicine, spirituality, and humanity. An inspirational read, with lessons for us all.”

~ Matthew Anderson, President and CEO, Ontario Health

“In reading this wonderfully written book I became aware of how hungry my soul was for, not just good news, but transformative action.”

~ Peter Jensen, Adjunct Professor at Queen’s Smith School of Business

“Grant Us Tomorrow is both a thoroughly enjoyable and heart-wrenching read…My perspective has been forever changed after reading this book.”

~ Jo-anne Marr, President and CEO of Oak Valley Health

“…a beautifully written account of several different types of journeys…I enjoyed this engaging and moving book immensely.”

~ Paul M. O’Byrne, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

“Grant Us Tomorrow is an inspiring story…a weaving of many lives and stories into a beautiful tapestry to create a picture for a better, more sustainable future.”

~ Sharon Simmonds, Director of Programs, Arrow Leadership

“A rare and beautiful chance to see inside a remarkable, true story told with tremendous clarity and love… So good to have one’s faith in humanity restored or affirmed.”

~ Sandra Stark, Co-founder, Third Factor

“…An inspiring account for those contemplating a career serving the world’s most marginalized people.”

~ Nicholas Comninellis, President, The Institute for International Medicine

“Read [this book] and let Jennifer’s story ignite a spirit of sacrifice and service in your life.”

~ Michael B. Pawelke, President, Briercrest College and Seminary

“Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, this book will bless you and change the way you look at the world.”

~ Ellen Duffield, NextLEVEL Leadership

“A remarkable family physician, animated by deep faith, humbly takes effective, sustained action … to address inequity and injustice.”

~ Katherine D. Rouleau, Global Health and Social Accountability, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto