Our College Coin is a new way for the BCCFP to honour family physicians who deserve recognition for their work. Nominations are considered throughout the year, and it’s easy to nominate.
Modelled on the coins used by the Canadian military to recognize special achievements, the College Coin is designed to honour some of the unsung heroes in family medicine – the family physicians we admire for carrying out “good work.”
If you are a BCCFP member and would like to nominate a BC family physician for the College Coin, simply send an email to email@example.com providing the name of the nominee and a few sentences describing why you think they deserve to be recognized. (Nominees do not need to be BCCFP members.)
Read about our recipients to date.
Dr. Fraser Black
Dr. Fraser Black’s service to family medicine includes caring for underprivileged populations at the Cool Aid Clinic, including using an Integrative Medicine approach for patients living with persistent pain, and his role as physician at Victoria Hospice providing end-of-life care. As Assistant Dean at the UBC Island Medical Program, he is also a mentor and role model for medical students and residents.
Dr. Dean Brown
Dr. Dean Brown has been a longstanding, tireless leader on the North Shore who believes passionately in the importance of primary care, as well as a family physician in a full-service practice for more than 25 years. He was the inaugural chair of the North Shore Division of Family Practice and remains an active member of the Division Board of Directors. As Chief of the Lions Gate Hospital Department of Family Practice and the Family Medicine Residency Site Director (Coastal) for the UBC Family Medicine Program, Dr. Brown is a role model for our future family physicians.
Dr. Holden Chow
Dr. Chow has been instrumental in advocating for, designing, and continuing to maintain the residency program at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Prior to its inception, more than 50 per cent of the family doctors in the community were within five years of retirement. Thanks to the residency program and the work of the Division of Family Medicine, more than 50 per cent are under 40, with some of the residence choosing to practice in Abbotsford and taking leadership roles at the hospital and the Division of Family Practice.
Dr. Marjorie Docherty
Dr. Marjorie Docherty received the first College Coin award in recognition for her energy, passion and commitment to family medicine and family physicians across British Columbia during her four-year term on the BCCFP Board, particularly her leadership across the continuum in education and continuing professional development.
Dr. Anneline Du Preez
Dr. Anneline Du Preez epitomizes the rural family doctor, practicing true cradle-to-grave medicine and care to a growing roster of complex-care and frail elderly patients. While serving as a full-time family physician in Kimberley, she is also an Emergency Room physician at the busy East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook, and the chief physician at a long-term care facility.
An advocate for evidence-based care and best practices, Dr. Du Preez is also active in the management of the medical clinic in which she practices, as well as in the local Division and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC Peer Review Program.
She was one of a visionary team of family physicians that worked tirelessly create a Patient’s Medical Home in their clinic. As a result, this has become the model of Patient Care Homes that the province is aspiring towards.
Dr. Kenneth K. Fung
Dr. Kenneth Fung is recognized for his exemplary engagements in academia, professional as well as community services. In academics, he is a UBC Clinical Professor, a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and a Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine, London, United Kingdom. Professionally, he has served as board member of the BCCFP, the Society of Clinical Faculties, and he is a CMA Honorary Member. Dr. Fung’s community service includes roles on the UBC Board and the Board of Vancouver Coastal Health, and he has been an advisor to many BC Premiers.
Dr. Peter Gorman
Dr. Gorman has had a long and distinguished career as a family physician, practicing in Prince George, before relocating to Kamloops a decade ago. He stands out as a leader, a model family physician, and a mentor to both medical trainees and practicing family physicians. Dr. Gorman teaches medical students as part of his full-service family practice, volunteering to supervise and/or assess international medical graduates, nurse practitioner trainees and other learners. He is currently Site Faculty for Assessment and Evaluation for the UBC Family Practice Residency Program, Kamloops Site.
Dr. Keith Hatlelid
Dr. Hatlelid is a dedicated professional, working long hours in his practice for 30 years to care for many generations of families and provide mentorship to his colleagues. He has also served the elder population by working at the Vancouver General Hospital STAT centre for many years, as well as St. Jude’s Nursing Home. He provides house calls to his frail seniors and has delivered many babies during his career.
Dr. Patricia Mark
Although retired from her community family practice in Lantzville, Dr. Paddy Mark continues her long-running work in addictions and jail medicine. She has worked with the CPSBC on the methadone for addictions program and the development of the new centre for addictions. Dr. Mark continues to run a pain and addictions consultation service at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, and champions the Division’s ongoing work with substance use programs. She has also taught and mentored many residents and students over the decades.
Dr. Randal Mason
Dr. Randal Mason is a recent graduate with an impressive list of accomplishments. During his residency in the aboriginal program, he was pivotal/lead in the development and running of both the Snaw-naw-as First Nations clinic as well as the John Barsby Wellness Centre at the Barsby Community School (both new models of care), and most recently the Snuneymuxw First Nations Health Centre. During his first year of practice, he also provided locums in community family practice and worked in an addictions clinic.
Dr. David May
Dr. May has been an advocate and leader for improving palliative care and chronic pain care services to the people of his community. Currently working as a GP Anesthetist and with a consulting practice for palliative care and chronic pain, he strives to spread his efforts regionally, provincially and now nationally. He has been on the local Division board chair and serves the Facility Engagement Initiative, as well as serving on both the BCCFP and CFPC Boards.
Dr. Ryan McCallum
Dr. Ryan McCallum is recognized for his exceptional level of engagement, both within his own community and in the profession of family medicine. He has served on a number of boards and representative assemblies. During his time on the BCCFP Board, Dr. McCallum contributed a valuable perspective to the Membership and Awards Committee, and was instrumental in the development of the College Coin.
Dr. Chris Morwood
Dr. Chris Morwood is passionate about child and youth health, and has worked on many initiatives over the past seven years. He has dedicated his time, energy, creativity and collaborative effort to create physical activity opportunities for all Powell River residents, with a focus on children and youth. He has used his gift for collaboration and complex problem-solving to lead many multi-sector projects. He is also active in the Division of Family Practice and serves as president of medical staff while managing a full-time family practice, ER work and inpatient care.
Dr. Jessica Otte
Dr. Jessica Otte is known as a pioneer in “less is more/choosing wisely.” She is also a passionate advocate for health care reform, as well as an outstanding clinician in her palliative care and elder care practice. In addition, Dr. Otte provides remote locums in Nunavut and the other territories.
Dr. Launette Rieb
Dr. Launette Rieb is an exceptional addiction medicine role model, mentor, and teacher for family physicians in training and practice. A Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC, she has taught addiction medicine in the undergraduate and postgraduate medical programs here and at national and international conferences for 24 years. She is a cutting- edge researcher, award-winning teacher and founding director of a world-class addiction medicine fellowship.
Dr. Thomas Rimmer
Dr. Rimmer has been a tireless advocate for the medical community of the Cowichan Valley, and has been instrumental in achieving many initiatives that have enhanced the community and the maintenance of a GP-run hospital, despite many obstacles. He retains a great sense of humour and vitality through it all. He has also been a great mentor and teacher to both under- and post-graduate students, encouraging some of them to return to our community. He is an outstanding example of a family physician.
Dr. Jacobus Strydom
In addition to his busy family practice, Dr. Strydom’s contribution to family medicine in Terrace includes serving as Lead Physician on the Management team at the clinic. He works in the Women’s Wellness Clinic and as part of the Psychiatry rotation, as well as caring for inpatients and long-term care residents and supporting many charities and boards in the community.
Dr. Catherine Truong
Dr. Catherine Truong works as an ER Physician at Delta Hospital. In the early days of the “Overdose Crisis” she was on duty the night 11 victims from a single party arrived in the ER. Not only did all of these young patients survive, all were also connected to follow up support.
Dr. Murali Venkataraman
Beyond serving the local community in Summerland for close to 30 years, Dr. Venkataraman was instrumental in the creation and development of the local Division of Family Practice. In addition to his office practice, he provides anesthesia services. As a preceptor for family practice residents, he is a role model for comprehensive compassionate care of his patients as well as serving on faculty for the Okanagan South residency program.
Dr. Arthur Willms
Dr. Willms is described as “the epitome of what a great family physician should be.” He has devoted more than 40 years of his life to the provision of primary care. As well as practising full-service family medicine, he heads the Family Practice Department at Surrey Memorial Hospital and was instrumental in establishing the first residency program for family medicine in Surrey/Langley. In addition, Dr. Willms initiated a hospitalist program in Surrey and a quality program for the care of long-term care residents.
Dr. Sandra Witherspoon
Dr. Witherspoon worked as a family physician at the REACH CHC for more than 40 years, and was a tireless advocate for and completely dedicated to her patients. She had a special interest in patients with FAS and attended many meetings at Sunny Hill to advocate for these patients. She was a caring and competent mentor for many St. Paul’s Hospital family practice residents, and a role model for many family physicians who worked at REACH. Dr. Witherspoon was also an advocate of community health centres and worked hard to ensure that the model of care at REACH continued despite many challenges during her 40+ years of service.