As part of our commitment to responsive governance, in 2018 the BCCFP Board approved a two-year pilot that provided the opportunity for the Nominating Committee to recommend a collective of candidates that together most closely fulfill the organization’s needs.

In our call for nominations, we indicated that we were looking for board members who reflect the scope and diversity of family practice in BC; candidates with one or more of the following skills or experience: board and governance, financial literacy, advocacy, government relations and/or policy development.

On your behalf, the Nominating Committee completed an assessment of all interested candidates. We had many excellent nominees and spent many hours reviewing each nominee’s information, conducting interviews and discussing the skills and experience of each candidate while focusing on the collective. In accordance with the directions of the BCCFP Board of Directors, eight candidates have been recommended for the 8 vacancies. Collectively, the recommended candidates meet the needs of the BCCFP.

We strongly encourage you to review the statements provided by all of our candidates, and to please take a few minutes to vote.

  • Dr. Katherine Bell - recommended


    Who Am I?
    I am a family physician with a full time locum practice on Vancouver Island and a special interest in palliative care. I relocated to BC about a year ago from Prince Edward Island, where I ran a FFS practice in my early career. I am interested in research and have been recognized for advocacy work on the East Coast. Outside of medicine, I am a writer, working on my first non-fiction book, and I enjoy hiking.

    Why Am I the Right Person for the Job?
    While I am quite new to BC, I bring experience with the national CFPC (committee work) and the PEI provincial CFP chapter, including sitting on the executive of the latter. To the BCCFP Board of Directors, I will also bring experience working with provincial governments and health authorities in advocacy and policy development roles.

    Additional Information
    I am applying to sit on the Board of Directors as it will allow me to continue to uphold and promote family medicine and its core values and to make a meaningful contribution to our profession. As a full-time locum physician practicing in rural areas, I will bring a unique perspective to the Board, giving a voice to some of the under-represented members of our college.

  • Dr. James Cutfeet


    Who Am I?
    I am a First Nations physician. I am originally from the far North of Ontario. I currently work in the remote community of Alert Bay as a general physician. My work in work Alert Bay involves the management of a clinic, emergency, hospital and long-term care facility. My work is both challenging and rewarding. I am honoured to be a physician and feel blessed for the opportunity to participate in the lives of my patients and improve the quality of life in my community.

    Why Am I the Right Person for the Job? 
    I came relatively late to medicine and have previous work histories with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Child and Family Services. I also have experiences working with First Nations communities and organizations. My BCCFP history is minimal except to say that I have been working in BC as a physician since 2010. I believe I can offer an alternative view of the state of medicine in BC and provide a different vision for the future from which we can create a path forward.

    Additional Information
    I am proud to be a Family Physician, but I am deeply concerned with the present state of Family Medicine in BC. I feel Family Physicians are generally unhappy with their vocation and struggling to meet the needs of their large patient populations. I want to be involved in the development of Family Medicine. I want to see us flourish in our chosen field of Medicine, so that we can attract new Family Physicians into our ranks.

  • Dr. Marjorie Docherty - recommended


    Who Am I?
    I am a family physician in Kelowna BC who has always been passionate about medical education and patient centered care. I have a strong interest in physician health and teach behavioral medicine in our residency program. I also have a background involving significant experience in leadership and professionalism. I currently serve as treasurer to the board of BCCFP.

    Why Am I the Right Person for the Job?
    I served on the board of CPSBC for over 10 yrs , was president of the college for 2 yrs. I have been head of the department of family medicine in Kelowna and have been involved as faculty of its residency program since it’s initiation. I am involved in teaching and see the deep value of quality medical education. I was involved in physician health for 10 yrs and it remains an area dear to me. I am a current BCCFP board member and treasurer.

    Additional Information
    I have experience as treasurer and some experience in professional promotion and public awareness. I have extensive experience in leadership and collaboration. I have good experience in governance and understanding of health professions act.

  • Dr. Kenneth K. Fung


    Who Am I?
    I am Clinical Professor at UBC. I have the honor to previously serve two terms totaling six years as Board of Director of BCCFP. I have been recognized for my exemplary engagements in academia, professional and community services, such as; Fellow of Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine, London, United Kingdom, CMA Honorary Member, BCCFP College coin recipient, past president of Chinese Canadian Medical Association (BC), and associate member of Canadian Bar Association (BC) etc.

    Why Am I the Right Person for the Job?
    BCCFP board quote: “seeks candidates with skills and experience: board and governance, financial literacy, advocacy, government relations, policy development.” My past governance services and experience matrix fully satisfy these needs, such as; Board Governors of UBC and University of Manitoba. Board of Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Board of BCMA, Board of Society of Clinical faculty, Board of Society of GP, financial assessor of the strategic plan of the new St.Paul Hospital, and been Community Advisor to Premiers of both BC Liberal and BC NDP governments.

    Additional Information
    I am a “disruptive innovator”. My vision of future family medicine is quite different from the two interviewing members of the nominating committee. Visioning years forward, if family doctors are confined in current model, we will become obsolete. Technological innovations will replace our current roles. Amazon is setting up its own employee virtual clinics. Telus is marketing hard Babylon healthcare app, IBM has sophisticated Artificial Intelligence learning diagnostic tools, and imaging software diagnostic accuracy is surpassing human interpretation. We need new vision to succeed.

  • Dr. Dan Horvat - recommended


    Who Am I?
    I’m a family physician who has practiced in Northern and suburban BC for 26 years. I have had many leadership roles related to primary care, rural and health system improvement activities. I have had numerous governance and administrative roles. I also have spent considerable time gaining an understanding of healthcare systems deemed amongst the most effective internationally and using what I have learned to inform efforts I have been/am involved with in BC. I currently am very active in PCN, HDC and RCC activities.

    Why Am I the Right Person for the Job?
    I have extensive governance experience including 3 years on a regional health board, 7 years on Doctors of BC board, 1 year on SGP board and membership on the Health Data Coalition board since its inception. I am currently on the HDC finance and audit committee. I have been successful at advocating for the creation of the Family Practice Oncology Network, one of the first 3 Divisions of FP in the province and the GP4Me initiative. My activities have involved extensive advocacy and government relations.

    Additional Information
    My experience with BCCFP and its leadership has led me to understand the critical role that the organization plays in advocating for family practice in BC and for better patient care. My experience with governance, leadership, administration, primary care improvement, IT and data use and highly effective healthcare systems as well as processes of change and my extensive contacts in the province can help BCCFP to optimize its influence in improving family practice in the province.

  • Dr. David May - recommended


    Who Am I?
    I am a full service family physician working in a fee-for service group practice in Powell River for 28 years. I Have a CAC in palliative care and family practice anesthesia and also have a consulting practice in chronic pain. I live in Powell River with my life partner and have 3 great adult children, all of whom are experts at keeping my ego in check!

    Why Am I the Right Person for the Job?
    I am currently serving on the BCCFP board as a director and board secretary. The experience I have gained in this role has positioned me to help guide the college through what is a crucial time for the future of family medicine. I also serve on as a Division of Family Practice chair and sit as a Vancouver Coastal Divisions representative on the GPSC. These valuable contacts are counterbalanced by my continuation in full service family medicine in rural BC.

    Additional Information
    Family medicine is currently under threat. In order to help counter this danger I have been leading a BCCFP initiative to help promote the value of the high quality care that is delivered every day by BC family physicians.  I would like to be able to continue this advocacy work. My intention is to continue to strengthen ties with other organizations like SGP and GPSC in order to promote the specialty of family medicine.

  • Dr. Anthon Meyer - recommended


    Who Am I?
    I am humbled to share with you what I believe and stand for. I practice in Fort St. James and have spent my entire 28-year career in rural under-serviced areas. During this time, I have been able to think critically about the value of our work. At times I have struggled, like you, with how our work is slowly being undervalued and not recognized for the primary care specialists we are. I believe that we are stronger for standing together. I pledge to support you!

    Why Am I The Right Person for the Job?
    Over the last 3 years I have had the privilege to learn every day from my involvement with BCCFP. I am humbled by the support of my colleagues from 2016 where I started as secretary treasurer and during the last year as vice-president. I wish to continue my service to our members. I have come to appreciate the reflection and honest deliberations around the BCCFP Board table where I could share my thoughts regarding the wellness and value of family physicians in BC.

    Additional Information 
    I pledge to work hard to have a good understanding of the expectations and challenges facing the diverse members of BCCFP. I believe in your everyday work as the specialists in primary care and in the value of personal focused care. I am passionate to promote the value of family medicine in reducing health inequity. I try very hard to listen to understand. Your support will give me the opportunity to advocate and to support family physicians in this manner.

  • Dr. Toye Oyelese


    Who Am I? Family practice in West Kelowna. Active in geriatric medicine with 60 – 70 long-term care residents. Associate privileges at the Kelowna General Hospital. Fellowship in Family Medicine and was a Coordinator at the Canadian College of Family Medicine Resident’s Examinations for 10 years. Clinical instructor (Southern Medical Program – University of British Columbia Okanagan) with the UBC faculty of medicine. Delegate SGP board – Doctors of BC (2018 – 2020), member representative assembly (2019 – 2020), member communications working group.

    Why Am I the Right Person for the Job? I am the district 13 delegate with the society of general practitioners (Doctors of BC) and serve on the board. I am also a member of the communication working group for this society. I am also a member of the representative assembly. I am financially responsible for the running of my clinic including budgeting, booking keeping and accounting including taxation. I was physician lead for the geriatric mental health initiative developed by the divisions of family medicine under the BC shared care programs.

    Additional Information I have a lifelong passion and commitment to family medicine and have demonstrated this over the course of my medical career. I feel that my professional, personal and unique cultural experiences bring value to the board.

  • Dr. Alicia Pawluk - recommended


    Who Am I?
    I am a full-service family physician working in Campbell River. Having recently graduated, I am working on building a patient panel, developing my clinical skills, and continuing to learn as a member of UBC’s clinical faculty. As the previous Chief of Family Practice, I was privileged to learn about the unique needs that affect our 350 residents and their preceptors across the province. In that role, I was an invited member to the BCCFP board, which I have been attending since June 2017.

    Why Am I the Right Person for the Job? 
    Although relatively inexperienced in the realm of clinical practice, I believe that I have a strong background of governance skills, having worked with a variety of organizations – from being a Clinical Advisor to the British Government, to UBC, Doctors of BC, and the GPSC. In addition to representing the FFY in practice, I am also a clinical faculty member, and have been involved in teaching medical students for the past six years. I would also bring a wealth of enthusiasm to the BCCFP board!

    Additional Information
    I am passionate about engaging family practitioners in their first five years of practice. From both first-hand experience, and from hearing from peers across the province, this is a time in our careers where there is exceptional uncertainty. I strongly feel that a concerted effort to engage new physicians across the province will have a profound impact on building a community of family practice in BC, and on our profession for years to come.

  • Dr. Christine Singh - recommended


    Who Am I? 
    I am an urban family MD with a diversity of experience over the 15 years I have worked in Family Practice. I currently work in Student Health, at a clinic for Indigenous people as well as continuing to practice addiction medicine in Vancouver’s innercity. I am a mother of a 9 year old daughter, and I have a dog and a cat and a vegetable garden. I I am trying to ride my bike to work more too.

    Why Am I the Right Person for the Job?
    I have been a Board Member of the BCCFP over the last 3 years which has been a great opportunity to contribute to Family Medicine in our province from a non-political, educational and empowering way. I am an effective Board Member with skills for financial and budgetary issues as well as Governance issues, With effective communication skills I love to connect with family physicians at all stages of careers and parts of our province to hear their ideas and stories.

    Additional Information
    As a feminist and activist, I bring a strong social justice lens which contributes to dynamic discussions, ensuring values of compassion, advocacy and health for all are championed. I am proud that the BCCFP had the social determinants of health as a priority and that I was able to play a part in that work. I will continue to share my perspective, be an active listener to others perspectives and work to have FPs appreciated and our profession sustainable.

  • Dr. Olivia Tseng


    Who Am I? 
    Dr. Olivia Tseng is an urban family physician providing full family practice service in the local Vancouver area. As a clinical assistant professor with the UBC Department of Family Practice, I enjoy sharing my clinical experience with residents and medical students as a supervising physician at the UBC Health Clinic. I am on the Membership Committee of the Vancouver Division, contributing to member engagement and communication. I was the resident rep for the BCCFP board during my residency training at St. Paul’s hospital.

    Why Am I the Right Person for the Job?
    Building on my experience as a resident rep of the BCCFP board, I continue to gain experience from a wide range of activities from urban and small community practice, clinical teaching, committee work, collaborative work with stakeholders and medical research. This experience forms the foundation of my system-level perspectives on evidence-informed policies and medicine. My personal interest in playing with numbers motivates me to understand budget management from a business perspective. I will bring my passion to promote meaningful communications between stakeholders and healthcare providers.

    Additional Information 
    My running for this a BCCFP director position was motivated by my well-aligned personal interest and BCCFP’s vision in advocating for family medicine and patient medical homes. I will bring my viewpoints through the lens of practicing family doctors at early-middle career stages. I will facilitate to disseminate BCCFP’s strategic plan through my collaborative work with stakeholders and committee activities.

  • Dr. Sean Wachtel - recommended


    Who Am I?
    I am a GP and public health specialist practicing in both specialties. I work as a rural and remote GP and on health systems and other public health issues for the First Nations Health Authority. After training in the UK, I served in the Royal Air Force for five years as a senior medical officer and then immigrated to Canada. After five years of rural ER and GP practice I undertook further training in public health and preventive medicine at UBC.

    Why Am I the Right Person for the Job?
    As a practicing rural physician, I understand all too well the pressures faced by family physicians. As a public health specialist, I sit on several provincial committees that represent the profession in conversations with the government. I bring to the planning and negotiation process formal training in policy formulation, evidence and data based methodology for program design and a front-line perspective on implementation of local, regional and provincial initiatives. I have wide experience of governance, policy, primary care and public health research.

    Additional Information
    I have broad experience of all types of healthcare systems, including private, socialized and hybrid. Over the course of my career to date I have developed a sense of initiatives that can work to enable the delivery of the best possible care to the population in a fair and equitable manner for the profession.