Registration is now open for our spring webinar series. Earn Mainpro+ credits from the comfort of your own home or office. These webinars are at no additional cost to BCCFP members.

Decriminalization and Legalization of Drugs: What Does This Mean?
Thursday, March 26, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Presenter: Dr. Christy Sutherland

Dr. Christy Sutherland is a family doctor and diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine who works in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side providing care to Canada’s most vulnerable population.

Dr. Sutherland is the Physician Education Lead with the BC Centre on Substance Use and the Medical Director of the Portland Hotel Society, where she leads a team of physicians and nurses who are embedded in low-barrier harm reduction projects. Dr. Sutherland was recognized as the 2018 British Columbia Family Physician of the Year, as well as the recipient of a City of Vancouver Award for Excellence in 2019.

Dr. Sutherland will discuss the pros and cons of decriminalization and legalization on individuals and the public, including the contrast between the two options, and will explore potential models for British Columbia.


Why Family Doctors Should Care About Food Security
Wednesday, May 27, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Presenter: Dr. Ilona Hale

Dr. Ilona Hale is the Rural Scholars Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor at the UBC Department of Family Practice. She provides leadership in the field of rural primary care research in collaboration with the Department of Family Practice and the Rural Co-ordination Centre of British Columbia (RCCbc).

Dr. Hale has been a rural family physician in Kimberley since 1995 and a clinical researcher since 2015. Her research interests include population health, community-based health promotion, obesity prevention during infancy, and rural health.

In this webinar, Dr. Hale will define food security and the individual and systemic factors that contribute to food insecurity. She will help us understand how food insecurity affects our patients’ long-term health and wellness, and will advise on how to identify and support patients dealing with food insecurity.


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