When a small group of visionaries met in the spring of 1999 to discuss establishing a naturopathic medical program in Western Canada, the seed of a unique learning community was planted.
Founded on the principles of inclusion, integration, integrity, respect, academic freedom, self-responsibility and innovation, the Boucher Institute would educate a different kind of physician; one who commits to the ongoing practice of self-reflection and personal growth, who has a passionate belief in the efficacy of Naturopathic Medicine and a commitment to leading our world toward sustainable health.
Named for the late Dr. Joseph Boucher (pronounced Boo-shay), one of the founders of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and a pioneer in the profession, the Boucher Institute welcomed its founding class of 15 students in January, 2000. In 2001, plans for a teaching clinic were in the works and by 2005 the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic, equipped with 12 treatment rooms, was established.
The Boucher Institute was accredited with the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education in December, 2008, and now offers students a rigorous four year program which culminates in the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) designation. Now offering two student intakes annually the Boucher Institute has grown to nearly 200 students, a core and adjunct academic and clinical faculty of over 50 and nearly 40 administrative staff.
Dr. Joseph Boucher was a well loved naturopathic physician who lived and practiced in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Known to friends as Joe, Dr. Boucher was a founding father of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM), where he taught and served for years as President and Secretary of NCNM’s Board of Trustees.
Boucher served as President of the Association of Naturopathic Physicians of BC (1981-1982) and was Secretary for many years. He was a paragon of health and fitness. His practice was truly holistic, blending psychology with natural medicines and exercise. While he did not live to see this school’s inception, Boucher was a respected and inspiring advocate for Naturopathic Medicine and high standards of naturopathic medical education.