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.”

The reasons for nominations for our College Coin reflect the wide-ranging value that family physicians bring to practice, teaching, mentorship and health care improvement, including:

  • Being a trusted advisor and friend to practice colleagues
  • Leading activities outside of clinical practice that support family medicine
  • Serving as a role model for residents and medical students
  • Providing leadership in CPD
  • Being a strong advocate for evidence-based care
  • Working with the practice team to create a Patient’s Medical Home
  • Demonstrating service and dedication to patients during a long career in family medicine
  • Covering call while a colleague is away for a family emergency or other unexpected reason

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 protected] providing the name of the nominee and a few sentences describing why you think they deserve to be recognized. Nominees must be BCCFP members.

Read about our recipients to date:

  • Dr. Lester Alec

    Dr. Alec was nominated by a colleague for his efforts in stepping up to support his group by taking extra virtual clinics for doctors who were involved in provincial and national COVID-19 planning meetings. He also supported by providing hands-on care to a remote First Nations community.

  • Dr. Chip Bantock

    Dr. Chip Bantock is passionate about improving and advancing family medicine and providing the best patient care. During more than 20 years of full-service family practice in Kamloops, he has been involved in activities supporting family medicine – improving patient care and access to care. Throughout his career, he has been proactive in supporting colleagues both professionally and personally.

    Dr. Bantock is a long-term member of the Thompson Region Family Obstetrics group, an innovative partnership approach for patients with the community of family physicians and Interior Health to support maternity care in the region.

    He is a founding Director and Past Chair of the Thompson Region Division of Family Practice, involved since its inception in multiple leadership roles and participating in the development and trialing of innovative programs to support family physicians in their quest to improve patient care. Dr. Bantock’s leadership  continues to be instrumental in bringing the physician community and patient voice to primary health care transformation in the region.

  • Dr. Sandy Barlow

    Dr. Sandy Barlow has served on the BCCFP Board since 2012 providing “incredible service.” During time, she has shown tremendous resolve and integrity, guiding the organization to focus on the needs of members. She is a solid advocate for the family physician working in the trenches, a voice for those who cannot be at the table.

    “In her quiet and respectful way, Dr. Barlow has ensured the BCCFP Board has not lost sight of the members we serve and has kept us accountable.”

  • Dr. Steve Beerman

    “Steve Beerman is a passionate family physician leader in Nanaimo, Site Director of the residency program there and leading a primary care transformation project separately funded from PCN’s. However, what’s more is that he is recognized locally, nationally and internationally for his work in drowning prevention.”

  • 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. Bob Bluman

    Dr. Bluman is recognized for his work in spearheading the UBC CPD webinars on “Primary Care in the Time of COVID-19”. These webinars came at a critical time and created a crucial sense of connection between family physicians across the province. His direction in creating the webinar series is a wonderful example of reflective, responsive leadership, and the webinars themselves support the collaborative, respectful relationships that that the BCCFP values.

  • Dr. Mike Blumenauer

    “He very quietly and efficiently provides his clinic colleagues with experience, support and locum coverage that far surpasses what we could ever ask for! This helps his colleagues get amazing down time while ensuring short wait times for our patients to access care even while we are away.”

  • Dr. Joelle Bradley

    “Dr Bradley is an inspiring figure in our community, championing physician wellness through her work with the MDs4Wellness group (especially their excellent podcast) and her passion for Advanced Care Planning. When patients of mine are admitted to hospital under Dr Bradley (a hospitalist in New Westminster) I know they will receive the best care, in a patient centered, empathic way — Dr Bradley’s trademarks.”

  • Dr. Sarah Brears

    “Sarah Brears and Maria Hubinette are family physician leaders in undergrad (at UBC) who have been endlessly trying to engage FP’s in teaching and building capacity to ensure medical students continue to have early clinical experiences that entice them to apply to family practice residency. Sarah is Director of family Practice for the Southern Medical Program.”

  • 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. Jack Bryson

    “Dr. Bryson is the consummate family physician, one that every citizen wishes could be taking care not only of oneself but of their own family members. In his many years of work on the coast, innumerable patients have been helped with his 24-7 mentality with patient care at the front.”

  • Dr. Karen Buhler

    “She has been a role model and mentor to me and many of my colleagues over decades. She provides insightful feedback and has been and encouraging teacher and mentor to medical students and residents and continues to provide this mentoring long after our formal training has ended… She not only goes above and beyond for her colleagues, but also for patients. She has been a dedicated family physician and maternity care provider, providing patient-centred care over many decades. We are all luckier for her dedication, leadership and mentorship.”

  • Dr. Susan Burgess

    “I would like to nominate Dr. Sue Burgess for her encouragement of my own activism and using my voice in defense of patient care in light of ongoing system changes, College Regulations and Health Authority mandates. She continues to walk in the alleys to outreach to patients who perhaps would never have connected and has tirelessly treated HIV and MH addictions with great compassion.”

  • Dr. Gulzar Cheema

    “He has put forth a tremendous effort giving to the community. He a leader in developing the ICON project in concert with UBC for Diabetics in an ethnic community.”

  • 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 residents choosing to practice in Abbotsford and taking leadership roles at the hospital and the Division of Family Practice.

  • Dr. David Clay

    “David has been a player for the Canadian men’s medical football team for the past three years and has traveled with the group overseas and represented the senior men’s team with distinction.  He serves as a role model,  illustrating the balance that can be achieved while working incredibly hard as a family physician and maintaining one’s own mental and physical well-being, while representing his country and serving his patients in the same breath.”

  • Dr. Spencer Cleave

    “Spencer spent three years developing a High Complexity Care family practice, taking on some of the most complex and marginalized patients in the western communities of Victoria. He has worked tirelessly with administration, local family practice divisions, and hospital groups to establish this clinic which provides comprehensive care. It is an alternatively funded practice, allowing time for longer, more thorough appointments, and home visits… Spencer is a strong advocate for patients, an advocate for change in a very troubled time for family practice, and compassionate and caring physician.”

  • Dr. Courtnay Crowell

    “She has been incredible in doing the mundane background that has to be done in order to keep an ER running well including, scheduling, department organization, protocols and expectations, and incident review.”

  • Dr. Richard Cudmore

    “Dr. Cudmore came to Squamish around 25 to 40 years ago, took over the Chief of Staff position from Dr Kindree who pioneered health care services in the corridor before there were roads. Dr Cudmore built what we have today in Squamish and the corridor by becoming Medical director also serving years on the RMAC…rural MAC in a prominent leadership role to guide the evolution of services from Squamish to Pemberton… Richard is uncompromising if it comes to quality of care, loyalty to colleagues and setting an example of what professionalism and collegiality should look like…  He has navigated us through many regional health authority changes in leadership and evolution of health care services.  We are proud of him and think he needs recognition for carrying the flag in leadership for nearly three decades. He recently retired as local medical director.”

  • Dr. Robert Dale

    “Dr. Dale has recently completed all of his military courses as a family physician reaching his Operational Function Point with 12 Field Ambulance. He has done medical teaching at the unit and two of our medical technicians have now decided to pursue family medicine residency.”

  • Dr. Paul Dhillon

    Dr. Dhillon is the founder and current manager of the Canadian Medical Football Team, as well as working in clinic practice, raising a young family and serving as a medical officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. He is also a founder of the Review Course in Family Medicine. According to his nominator, he is “a huge asset to the medical community.”

    “Paul spends many long hours putting in the work to enable many physicians throughout the country to turn up and play and have the honour of representing Canada in international competition… As physicians, it is important to raise awareness of the benefits of physical exercise. By being the leader of the Canadian Medical Football Team, Paul provides all physician players the opportunity to advocate for and achieve this important goal.”

  • 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. Rummy Dosanjh

    Dr. Dosanjh’s nominator highlights his fearless leadership in guiding the Society of General Practitioners through a pivotal cultural shift that reflected the evolving needs of family medicine while respecting the perspectives and values of those who came before.

    “I am grateful for Dr. Dosanjh’s honesty and capacity for compassion, as well as her ability to see potential and to hold space for healing.”

  • Dr. Ed Dubland

    Dr. Dubland has over 37 years of dedicated family practice and palliative care consultant expertise. He acts as a role model and mentor to numerous physicians. His dedication to the profession, and tireless advocacy work, has led to the development of palliative care services locally and in Northern India (acute care and home-based services), helping to provide end-of-life care to countless individuals.

    His nominator highlights that he has helped form palliative care services with the Emmanuel Hospital Association (26 rural hospitals); Christian Medical College of Ludhiana (a 600-bed teaching hospital); and a home care program to service those living outside of cities. This has provided a population of several million with access to palliative care services.

  • 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. Michael Dumont

    “I would like to nominate Dr. Dumont for his tireless enthusiasm to promote and create, (alongside others) a sustainable culturally safe Indigenous Health network. I have admired his patience and his optimism despite obstacles along the way.”

  • Dr. Nicole Ebert

    Dr. Nicole Ebert volunteered to provide backup care and advice to the resumption of clinical training for the Canadian Armed Forces troops as they restarted training in Vernon, BC. She was called upon to provide advice on the local clinical environment and aided in the organization of care for soldiers.  Her nominator says, “Dr. Ebert is a trusted advisor and friend to practice colleagues, covering call while a colleague is away for a family emergency or other unexpected reasons.”

  • Dr. Eunice Fast

    “She has recently been working towards retirement and was my preceptor in residency. She is extremely thorough, provided the perfect amount of supervision and autonomy during my training. After my training she has been available for support whenever it was needed. I still hear her voice in my head when I’m thinking through difficult cases.”

  • Dr. Renee Fernandez

    “I am grateful for Dr. Fernandez’s bold vision for the specialty of family medicine. I wish to acknowledge her capacity to create the safe environment required to shift the culture of the Society of General Practitioners to one that seeks meaningful change for the betterment of the welfare of our patients as well as her family medicine colleagues. This capacity, paired with her ability to make change happen, is a rare combination that creates a culture of compassion, cooperation, service and wellness that will inform the work of the profession in BC for years to come.”

  • Dr. Allison Ferg

    “She has delivered thousands of babies, is the smartest doc I know, we’ve been friends forever, she teaches, has had tremendous personal challenges and KEEPS on going! and I don’t think she has won an award yet!”

  • Dr. Janet Fisher

    Dr. Janet Fisher is recognized for her “tremendous capacity to identify a need within her physician community and dedicate tremendous time and energy to it, while continuing to provide exemplary patient care.” Her accomplishments range from designing a continuing professional development program to steering the implementation of a community EMR and helping to create a new family medicine residency site.

  • Dr. Marcia Fukunaga

    Dr. Fukunaga is recognized for the March 20, 2020 “Walk and Talk with the Docs – COVID-19” patient information video. This was an excellent way to increase public knowledge and awareness on the subject of COVID-19, delivered in a calm and timely manner. The public-facing messaging was approachable, relatable and easy to digest – serving as a strong example of family physicians’ strength for communicating with patients and providing trustworthy guidance to communities.

  • 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. Lauren Galbraith

    “I wish to acknowledge Dr. Galbraith’s commitment to the patients she serves in Nelson and surrounding communities.

    Early in her career, Dr. Galbraith supported a challenging practice during a very difficult time of transition with sensitivity, thoughtfulness and compassion. Since that time, in response to community need, she has taken on additional training in an area of healthcare that is not without controversy.

    Dr. Galbraith has seamlessly integrated into a complex working environment and respectfully challenges her colleagues to continue to improve processes and workflows for the betterment of both patients and providers.

    Through example, she encourages others to live the values of accessibility, compassion and cultural safety and humility.”

  • Dr. Janet Green

    “We would like to nominate Dr. Janet E. Green for a College Coin. Dr. Green is an exemplary family physician who has provided care to many generations of families in the Comox Valley for over 30 years. From delivering babies to hospital work and home visits, Dr. Green has truly provided cradle-to-grave care with compassion. She has lived a life of service and dedication to her patients during her long career in medicine. She provides truly patient-centred care and knows not only the patient, but their entire family and friends. As a colleague, Dr. Green has always been quick to offer to cover for a colleague in the event of an unexpected illness or other family circumstance. She has, as they say, “one’s back”. Dr. Green is the consummate family physician; she would be a very deserving recipient of the College Coin.”

  • 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. Montana Halliday

    Dr. Halliday was nominated by a colleague for her active work in the local COVID-19 planning in Prince George. She synthesized essential information for CSFS colleagues to keep them up to date, as well as provided comprehensive care to her outreach community.

  • Dr. Clayton Ham

    Dr Clayton Ham is a most knowledgeable and caring family physician. I am a retired family physician from Alberta and have suffered several health events of a serious nature in the last four years attended to by Dr. Ham with dispatch and caring. He has not needed to make house calls to me but I know that this is part of his practice. He takes the right amount of time with patients in the office with skill and arranges follow-up appropriately. I am impressed by Dr Ham’s skills and compassion.”

  • Dr. Marlowe Haskins

    “Marlowe is an inspiring rural generalist… he manages to run a full family practice, be an emergency physician, deliver babies, perform as a GP surgeon (c-sections, endoscopy, etc.), be involved in teaching, run medical staff meetings…”

  • 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. Bonnie Henry

    Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provicial Health Officer,  received an honourary College Coin because of the remarkable manner in which she provided the public with daily updates on COVID-19, calmly delivering details of new cases as well as explaining the province’s approach to dealing with the crisis.

    While maintaining a reassuring presence, she has displayed empathy and emotion in a way that clearly reflects the caring nature that is the mark of all good health professionals. She inspires trust and confidence and encourages British Columbians to act with compassion and diligence. Dr. Henry is an excellent example of somebody who promotes and demonstrates the value of science and medicine, particularly as it relates to public policy making.

  • Dr. Maria Hubinette

    “Maria Hubinette and Sarah Brears are family physician leaders in undergrad (at UBC) who have been endlessly trying to engage FP’s in teaching and building capacity to ensure medical students continue to have early clinical experiences that entice them to apply to family practice residency. Maria is the Director of Undergraduate program central.”

  • Dr. Brenda Huff

    “I am very grateful for Dr. Huff’s passion for holistic, patient-centred care. Her advocacy around the social determinants of health and health promotion/illness prevention through her work with the Divisions of Family Practice and the BC College of Family Physicians is inspiring. Her work not only has a positive impact on the patients she serves directly, but will also have far-reaching effects by showing other physicians what is possible.”

  • Dr. Joerg Jaschinski

    “Dr. J, as he is known by many in the community, is known not only for his dedication to his patients but his willingness to take on new patients in need of physicians on the Sunshine Coast. He has adapted over time to learn and treat addiction on the coast, and has helped many patients through some of the most difficult moments and stations of their lives. He is a constant teacher and incessantly positive influence on students and residents on the Sunshine Coast.”

  • Dr. Siobhan Key

    “Dr Key is an exceptional full-service family doctor, providing excellent clinical care within her practice an in the hospital where she provides inpatient care as obstetrical services. On top of this, Dr Key is part of the local palliative care team, providing end of life care as well as supporting other physicians with issues or challenges with their own patients around palliative issues. As if that wasn’t enough,  Dr Key has been providing weight loss management group to the community, following evidence based models, as she recently completed her Boards in Obesity Medicine. Dr Key provides endless support to the students and residents in the community, as well as to her colleagues.”

  • Dr. Gunther Klein

    “Dr. Klein is an exemplary family physician who is striving to change the way longitudinal family medicine is delivered. Dr. Klein cares for his patients in many settings, including in the clinic, hospital, and emergency department. In addition to running a very busy clinic, he somehow also has time to be a preceptor for family practice residents. Dr. Klein is truly an example of a phenomenal family physician.”

  • Dr. Shawna Koehle

    Dr. Shawna Koehle is recognized as “is an ethical and conscientious family physician serving her community well.” Dr. Koehle practices family practice obstetrics and teaches family practice residents. She has also taken part in several medical missions to Africa where she taught nursing students obstetrics skills to enhance community health. Dr. Koehle is also a tireless volunteer for the BCCFP’s Dinner with Docs.

  • Dr. Daniel Landry

    Dr. Landry’s nominator shares: “Major Landry is a recent transplant to British Columbia with the Canadian Armed Forces and has taken on the role of Acting Regional Surgeon during the restart of Reserve Summer Training in the province. He was always available at all hours for clinical and related questions to his junior physicians and played an integral part in allowing the 39 Brigade to complete their summer training without any COVID outbreaks. In addition to his clinical work in the Esquimalt Clinic as a family physician, he is also a Consultant in Diving & Submarine Medicine.

  • Dr. Danielle Larsen

    “She recognizes the difficulty in locuming that new grads face and provides excellent support for locums… She was very encouraging and also listened to my concerns about any challenging patient interactions or any uncertainty I had.  Dr. Larsen is a joy to work for and work alongside and her patients are fortunate to be under her outstanding care.”

  • Dr. Selena Lawrie

    Dr. Selena Lawrie is highly involved in the community of family physicians in Kamloops, thinking outside the box to improve patient care and access to care in the region. She was a founding Director for the Division of Family Practice (Thompson Region) and physician lead on primary care transformation initiatives. Currently Site Director, Dr. Lawrie was instrumental in the development of the Family Practice Residency Program in Kamloops.

    She is presently leading the development and implementation of a not-for-profit, Supporting Team Excellence with Patients Society, to develop a community owned primary care clinic. Dr. Lawrie is a Director on the Interior Health Board and a steering committee member representative for the Ministry of Health Physician Health program.


  • Dr. Kriegler le Roux

    “An excellent family physician that is never too busy to help a colleague, Kriegler is caring, kind and has a brilliant mind. His sense of humour has uplifted all of our spirits on more than one occasion.”

  • Dr. Sarah Lea

    “Dr. Sarah Lea and Dr. Heather McEwen saw the gap in care here in Victoria in looking after pregnant women with addictions. Thanks to their hard work and vision, they are bringing Victoria into this millennium in the care of women with perinatal addictions. I’d seen in Vancouver the incredible benefit of appropriate support for these women and was saddened to see Victoria so far behind when I moved here. Thanks to these two hard working docs, we’re slowly starting to catch up. There’s still a lot to be done, but at least we’re heading in the right direction.”

  • Dr. Nirvair Levitt

    “I wish to acknowledge Dr. Levitt’s ongoing commitment to her patients, colleagues and to the specialty of family medicine. I am so grateful for the quiet example of dedication and service that Dr. Levitt demonstrates every day. I have never seen her without a smile and she always delivers a kind word, even after a long meeting, or at the end of an already long day with more clinical work yet to do. She lifts up those around her, be they her patients or colleagues. The impact of the culture of care, service and compassion that she fosters has ripples far beyond that of which she may be aware.”

  • Dr. Christina Liciu

    “When I think of dedication by Family Physicians I think of Cristina; sitting next to her in my office I can see and hear how much she is dedicated to her patients, especially those who are vulnerable and have disabilities. Often she is working with our MOAs to fit in another house call after work for the many frail seniors she cares for in our community of New Westminster. She is a true treasure to work with and inspires me to care for patients ‘the right way’.”

  • Dr. Michelle Linekin

    “She is a joy to have in our office due to her caring for patients, caring for colleagues, her fantastic (and quirky) sense of humour , and her great teaching abilities.  She is able to draw out knowledge from residents and always makes them feel good about their learning. If I went through the list of attributes of a good family doctor she excels at every single one!”

  • Dr. Greg Linton

    “Dr. Linton has worked in the rural community of Terrace for over 25 years. He is a highly-skilled and well-established Family Physician in the area… I have come to know him as a great leader, role model, and primary care innovator in our community, our region, and throughout the Province. He has been a teacher, a mentor, and a trusted advisor and confidante to so many of us. Going above and beyond the call of duty, Dr. Linton is the Site Director for the Rural Northwest Terrace Family Medicine Residency program. He is also a founding board director of the Pacific Northwest Division of Family Practice, and involved in ChangeBC… I really can’t think of a Physician in our community that would be more rewarding of the honor of receiving the BCCFP College Coin.”

  • Dr. Stan Lubin

    Dr. Stan Lubin is recognized for his service and dedication to thousands of patients during his career as a family physician, as well as his work in teaching.  He is described as “the type of family physician we all strive to be, hardworking, empathetic and kind.” Dr. Lubin’s College Coin honour comes at the close of a long, distinguished career as much-respected family doctor, mentor, collaborator and scholar. During his career, his work was recognized with a honours that include a Family Physician of the Year award and UBC awards for teaching.

  • Dr. Jeanne Mace

    She has been the lead of the Central Okanagan Division of FP until recently and works to improve patient care as well as physician health and engagement. She is always the first to listen and provide advice on a difficult case for any of our practice partners.  She is a preceptor for family practice residents, and is an excellent role model for them. She is constantly working on office improvement, MOA efficiency and job satisfaction, physician supports, etc… she is endlessly and concurrently efficient, compassionate, and effective in her care of her patients. I marvel at her skills and am happy every day to work along-side her and gain from her example and leadership.”

    “She is a dedicated family physician and advocate for patients. She has been key in Divisions of Family Practice initiatives and improving care for patients. She is involved in the community and in teaching students and residents.”

  • Dr. James Mackenzie

    Dr. Mackenzie has been a practising family physician in BC for 45 years. He has served patients in Kitimat, Duncan and Gabriola Island, where he now resides and is soon to retire. Dr. Mackenzie was nominated by a great number of colleagues. Some of their reflections are shared below:

    “Dr. Mackenzie was an excellent and accessible mentor and role model to me and many other physicians and medical students over the years.  In addition to being a well liked and popular physician with a very busy family practice in Kitimat, Dr. Mackenzie served as Chief of Staff for many years. He was a tireless advocate for improvements to healthcare infrastructure and access to specialist services in our remote community.”

    “Dr. Mackenzie is appreciated by his patients and colleagues for his integrity, honesty, curiosity and diligence in his practice of medicine. He exemplifies what a caring, competent family doctor should be.”

    “It was Jim who really taught me the art of developing a deep knowledge of my patients – their interests, hobbies, fears, etc. – which has helped me to develop a deeper therapeutic alliance with the patients in my own practice to this day.”

    “Dr. Mackenzie has been very involved in his community and models wellness for his patients in his own life, biking 20+km a day. He has taught countless medical students, many of whom attribute their eventual choice of family medicine as having been inspired by him. He is passionate about CME and often going to courses. He has been amazingly supportive of me and I could not have asked for better.”

    “Dr. Mackenzie has thoroughly enjoyed his work. He has been keen to share his wisdom, knowledge and enthusiasm with colleagues, medical students, and doctors in training. He remains concerned and interested in the holistic lives of his patients, taking a medical history and getting to know the patient well and in depth is part of his teaching – no cutting corners.”

  • Dr. Melanie Madill

    “Melanie has dedicated her career to serving the community. She provides exceptional patient care. She has taken on numerous leadership roles in the hospital, as a preceptor for UBC and on collaborative projects with community partners. She is a trusted colleague whose opinion and experience is often sought out by new and experienced physicians. She is retiring this year.”

  • 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. Ray Markham

    “His work connecting people is inspiring.  He does not seem driven to do things for recognition or the recognition of his organization (RCCbc) but he engages people simply to improve the system. The Provincial Partnerships event in January was an example of his influence. He is an inspiration to FPs and FP leaders.”

  • 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.

    “I would like to recognize Dr. May’s dedication and commitment to championing difficult causes, not only on behalf of his patients – as seen by his commitment to comprehensive longitudinal care and access to appropriate chronic pain services – but also his colleagues. Dr. May has demonstrated the importance of valuing family medicine leadership. He lives and acts according to his principles, even when it compromises his own aspirations. I am so appreciative of Dr. May’s commitment, humility and integrity.”

  • 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. Heather McEwen

    “Dr. Sarah Lea and Dr. Heather McEwen saw the gap in care here in Victoria in looking after pregnant women with addictions. Thanks to their hard work and vision, they are bringing Victoria into this millennium in the care of women with perinatal addictions. I’d seen in Vancouver the incredible benefit of appropriate support for these women and was saddened to see Victoria so far behind when I moved here. Thanks to these two hard working docs, we’re slowly starting to catch up. There’s still a lot to be done, but at least we’re heading in the right direction.”

  • Dr. Katharine McKeen

    Dr. Katharine McKeen is recognized for her love of providing primary patient care, her deep commitment to serving her community and her teamwork. She “balances patient care and system thinking” as the co-chair of the GPSC Residential Care Initiative and the Medical Coordinator at the Heights at Mt. View. Dr McKeen other commitments include co-chairing the Collaborative Services Committee and membership on the Inter-divisional (Vancouver Island) PCN Steering Committee.

  • Dr. Janet McKeown

    “Janet is one of the Medical Directors in the UBC Health Clinic. She is an excellent role model for the residents: as a comprehensive FP with a special interest in sports medicine she continues to provide home visits and residential care coverage. In addition, in 2005 I engaged Janet in the developing UBC Neighbourhood Ministry serving the UBC area homeless community. Since 2005, she has continued to work with the group and eventually they developed the Mobile Care Unit working with social workers they visit the community during the week and on Saturdays. Only recently did we manage to provide APP coverage for the work she has been doing.”

  • Dr. Herman Mentz

    Dr. Mentz’s nominator says: “Dr. Mentz volunteered to take on the significant responsibilities of leading the ER department in Sechelt prior to the onset of the COVID-19 Epidemic. Since the onset of the pandemic, he has advocated for the ER group within the local COVID-19 task force and ensured that our local population’s care and health was at the forefront of planning for the many possible iterations of the upcoming winter season.”

  • Dr. Anthon Meyer

    Dr. Anthon Meyer is nominated for his inspirational work in the community of Fort St. James.  Through his leadership and vision, and with the support of his colleagues and the Primary Care Society of Fort St. James, he initiated the change to develop a new care model in the community. He was able to transform the former reactive, acute exacerbation model to a care model that focusses on holistic care, including acute, chronic and proactive/ preventative care. This transformative model demonstrated improvement in the health of the community and its outreach areas, reducing the overall burden of care on the health system and making wellness the focus. He developed a model where data is used effectively to improve quality in a meaningful manner and elevate standards of best practice. This is helping to better understand the health care system, improving patient and provider experience and ultimately address health care costs.

  • Dr. Simon Moore

    Dr. Simon Moore is recognized for co-creating the Review Course in Family Medicine, which runs in seven cities and attracts “exemplary and heartfelt” feedback from residents and practice eligible candidates across the country. His nominator notes that Dr. Moore’s commitment to excellence in education is unparalleled for someone at such an early stage of his career.

  • Dr. Marianne Morgan

    In the words of the colleague who nominated Dr. Marianne Morgan, she is “passionate about patient care, especially maternity care, and puts effort into team building and communication with nurses and other allied professionals. Marianne also cares about youth mental health and community health. She is an ethical and conscientious family physician serving her community well.”

  • 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. Ron Mundy

    “Dr. Mundy is the most disarming physician on the sunshine coast. When a mop of greying hair, commonly capped with a beret, arrives at a code situation with a gentle laugh and clear collaborative direction, patients, physicians, and nursing staff all know that the best outcome will be achieved. A wealth not only of historical experience and knowledge, but also of the latest and greatest innovative moves in medicine. He is an invaluable member of the Family Medicine team on the coast.”

  • Dr. Birinder Narang

    Dr. Birinder Narang has been recently selected to participate as a national lecturer in one of Canada’s largest family medicine conferences during COVID-19.  He has provided clinical teaching to hundreds of medical residents and now in-practice physicians as well.


  • Dr. Christie Newton

    Dr. Christie Newton’s positive influence on the specialty of family medicine is significant and far-reaching. Dr. Newton has shaped and guided the profession to meet the challenges of healthcare provision in the 21st century through her work as a clinician and a preceptor; her work with the UBC Department of Family Medicine; and her work with the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the BC College of Family Physicians (serving on their boards, working groups, task forces and committees).

    “Dr. Newton stays true to principles and, through example, inspires all those she works with to meet the high expectations she sets. I am so grateful to have worked alongside her and to have received her inspiration, guidance and mentorship.”

  • Dr. Ashley Nicholson

    “Ashley has been a member of Team Canada Medical Football for two years now and will be the only GP in BC that will be playing for both the Masters Team (Canada’s first) and the main competition as well in Mexico this year during the World Medical Football Championships and Medical Conference. This will be Canada’s 4th year in the International competition which has teams of physicians from 24 countries around the world vying for the championship.”

  • Dr. Barry Oberleitner

    “Dr. Oberleitner is one of a kind. He is on call for ER, Anesthesia, Surgery and Obstetrics and does so without a minute of complaining. Always available and willing to help out. Committed and passionate.”

  • Dr. Sarah Ostler

    “She has demonstrated excellent leadership at Burnaby Hospital as Hospitalist Department Head and now Site Medical Director. She is an excellent clinician, and shows a passion for Quality Improvement. What really stands out however is her deep respect for all her colleagues from other physicians to cleaning staff to nurses to everyone in between. Dr. Ostler is very willing to admit she doesn’t always know all the answers but she can always be counted on to help find a solution to any problem, no matter how big or small. Because of these leadership qualities she has contributed to the atmosphere of collegiality and collaboration at Burnaby Hospital.”

  • 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. Dan Pare

    “I would like to nominate Dan Pare who is the medical director for DTES Connections clinic as well as other efforts in the Downtown Eastside. He is a very friendly and responsive leader who embraces team care models. He is compassionate and committed to his patient and colleagues.”

  • Dr. Thomas Parsons

    Dr. Thomas Parsons is recognized as a quiet oft under-recognized community hero, a consummate role model for family medicine and a teacher of his peers, residents and medical students.  “Dr. Parsons has that nuanced approach to family medicine that maximizes wellness in every single patient he meets. He really exudes compassion in a rare effective way. He stands out amongst his colleagues in his willingness to be vulnerable as a true life-long learner and teacher.”


  • Dr. John Pawlovich

    He is the medical “director of the CSFS doctors, completes the call schedule, advocates for our funding, and spreads the good work about telehealth. He is deeply loved by his patients. AND he calls to check in on all the docs he works with especially the new to practice.”

  • Dr. Karen Persad

    “Dr. Persad is a kind and caring physician that touches lives every day. Dr. Persad is committed to her patients and excellent in emergency situations.”

  • Dr. Wilhelm Pieterse

    He is as “wise as Wikipedia, friendly like an Emoji smiley face, trustworthy like a Toyota, grounded like a grandfather, motivated like Mother Theresa, as compassionate as Combivent, as good as gold, a leader like a lioness, and above all – a spectacular colleague!!!”

  • Dr. Derek Poteryko

    Dr. Poteryko is recognized for the March 20, 2020 “Walk and Talk with the Docs – COVID-19” patient information video. This was an excellent way to increase public knowledge and awareness on the subject of COVID-19, delivered in a calm and timely manner. The public-facing messaging was approachable, relatable and easy to digest – serving as a strong example of family physicians’ strength for communicating with patients and providing trustworthy guidance to communities.

  • Dr. Alicia Power

    “I’d like to nominate Dr. Jennifer Tranmer and Dr. Alicia Power for being visionaries in family practice and maternity care. They started with a vision for what maternity care and family practice could be here in Victoria and they made their vision come to life with the creation of the Grow Health clinic. They’ve inspired 8 of us to join them over the years and continue to push us to be the best doctors we can be and to provide the best care possible to our patients. They are innovators and visionaries. Victoria is very lucky to have these two amazing physicians pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, even within the constraints of our current system.”

  • Dr. Natasha Puri

    “I would like to nominate Nitasha Puri for the College Coin. She is a committed physician who works to improve substance use treatment for racialized groups including the IndoCanadian community. She is active in her Division of FP and is also a clinical researcher with the BCCSU and leading innovative work in PTSD treatment. I have known her since her fellowship and am appreciative of her humbleness and dedication. She is a role model for upcoming family doctors with her diverse interests.”

  • Dr. Nazanin Rahnema

    “Dr Rahnema is a trusted colleague who is always there to support her fellow family physicians; a great active listener and confidant, I know I can turn to her to review a tough case, or share in the sadness and joys of life outside of work.”

  • 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. Laurren Rodgers

    Dr. Laurren Rodgers is nominated for the “exceptional work she is doing day-to-day in the community of Fort St. James.” She has worked tirelessly with her colleagues over the past four years to create a true Patient Medical Home in the community. The result is a care model that improved access, improved care, created sustainability and improved provider experience.

  • Dr. Lisa Sawyer

    Dr. Lisa Sawyer is recognized for her reassurance, support and grounding in working with her colleagues, as a trusted advisor, collaborator and friend. “As a colleague – she is there for you – in the way you need her to be – the reflective mirror for a difficult conversation, the shoulder to cry on, the levity and laughter, the team collaborator, the objective clinician, the friend.”

  • Dr. Ian Schokking

    “Dr. Schokking is a Prince George FP and Chair of the Doctors of BC CPD Committee. He has organized presentations on Mainpro+, Certification of programs, peer coaching, e-coach, and is now leading the presentation of the CanMEDS roles. This year the conference was dedicated to the Health Advocate role.”

  • Dr. Ian Scott

    Dr. Scott’s nominator says: “Dr. Scott is a credit to family medicine for many reasons, including his indefatigable dedication to improving healthcare through health professional education. Most recently he has led and facilitated the creation of “Virtual Water Coolers”, an online opportunity for educators across the professions to share successes, struggles, and stories about adaptations that need made to educational practice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is just the latest of his efforts, however, that have made him a true leader for our discipline.

    He developed and leads the Education Leadership Development program in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, has always been actively engaged as a trusted advisor to students, residents, and colleagues, and has advocated strongly for family medicine through his role at the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

    As Director of the Centre for Health Education Scholarship and his curriculum development activities in the MD Undergraduate Program, Dr. Scott routinely represents the values and priorities of family medicine. He has also recently helped out by accepting additional administrative duties such as being Interim Head of the UBC Department of Family Practice and leading the UBC Academic Leadership Development Program. This is all in addition to maintaining an active clinical practice. Above all else are his humility, kindness and compassion.”

  • Dr. Darren Spithoff

    “There are physicians, and then there are those physicians that when the time does come, you hope will care for you and your family. Dr. Spithoff is a GP-A on the Sunshine Coast who is available more than 24-7 for not only his patients, but for the ER as well. His bedside nature and calming nature are a welcome presence in some of the most stressful moments that can occur during the intersection of life and death on the coast.”

  • Dr. Pam Squire

    “For several decades Pam has made a meaningful difference to people living with chronic pain.  She has forever been advancing a better understanding of pain science through teaching about pain to UBC medical students and residents as well as lecturing in Canada and internationally.  She mentors both the new and old generations of physicians in improved or cutting-edge modalities to treating pain in complex and challenging clinical presentations.  Pam has modelled a balanced career which is being carried forward by her daughters and their embodiment of her values in providing healthcare for future generations.  I have benefited greatly from Pam’s tutelage and support.  A College Coin would be a wonderful acknowledgement of her contribution to family medicine in BC.”

  • Dr. Paul Stent

    Dr. Paul Stent is “a remarkable man and a family physician who has delivered more than 28 years of service in the community of Fort St. James.”

    Over the past six years, he has worked tirelessly with his team to create a true Patient Medical Home in the community. The result is a care model that improved access, improved care, created sustainability and improved provider experience.

  • Dr. Frederick W. Steyn

    Dr. Frederick W. (Fritz) Steyn is nominated for the “exceptional work he is doing day-to-day in the community of Fort St. James.” Over the past three years, he has worked tirelessly with his team to create a true Patient Medical Home in the community. The result is a care model that improved access, improved care, created sustainability and improved provider experience.

  • 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. Nardia Strydom

    “I wish to acknowledge Dr. Strydom’s indomitable and ongoing advocacy for the preservation of the broad scope of family medicine. I am in awe of, and grateful for, Dr. Strydom’s ability to synthesize disparate points of view and, at the most opportune time, deliver a statement which beautifully and succinctly summarizes the core of the issues, no matter how challenging. She is able to highlight commonalities in a way that can foster relationships and inclusive decision-making, moving difficult issues forward respectfully yet definitively.”

  • Dr. Kyle Sue

    Dr. Sue has been an active family physician in BC, working in Richmond at the Asante Clinic, and serving as assistant manager for the Canadian men’s medical soccer team for the past two years:  “He has traveled both to Mexico and to Prague to support the over 30 physicians from across the country in their participation in the international tournament.  As a member of medical football team Canada, he serves as a role model illustrating the balance that can be achieved while working incredibly hard as a family physician and maintaining one’s own mental and physical well-being, while representing his country and serving his patients in the same breath.”

  • Dr. Taylor Swanson

    “Taylor Swanson, for his kindness, humility and support, of both patients and colleagues. Taylor works hard to provide excellent care in the hospital, clinic, local high school and also mentors and acts as Faculty for our local residency program. He is also a caring father, partner and active community member, and always has an ear to support others when needed.”

  • Dr. Shirley Sze

    “She has been the Kamloops residency program faculty development rep for years. She is passionate about CPD and has served as the Chair of the Doctor’s of BC CPD Nucleus Committee, and on several CPD conference planning committees…  She also has served since the beginning on the TCMP editorial board. She has been trying to retire for a few years but wears so many hats, giving them all away has been difficult and she has not been able to retire.”

  • Dr. Marria Townsend

    Dr. Marria Townsend “made time to lend a friendly ear to discuss a case or decompress after a challenging event. In her professional role, she has been a leader, advocate and educator to increase emotionally and physically safe medical care for transgender people across our province.”

  • Dr. Jennifer Tranmer

    “She is a dedicated family doctor who is inspired to elevate family practice, set examples to learners (both residents and medical students) of how to provide excellent, comprehensive family focused care. She is the first to help out colleagues if they are in a bind. She is politically active in attempts to let our society know we, the family physicians, our patients and most importantly those people who do not have family doctors are important and need support! She balances personal and professional life with grace and is a role model for those of us who are privileged enough to know her.”

    “I’d like to nominate Dr. Jennifer Tranmer and Dr. Alicia Power for being visionaries in family practice and maternity care. They started with a vision for what maternity care and family practice could be here in Victoria and they made their vision come to life with the creation of the Grow Health clinic. They’ve inspired 8 of us to join them over the years and continue to push us to be the best doctors we can be and to provide the best care possible to our patients. They are innovators and visionaries. Victoria is very lucky to have these two amazing physicians pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, even within the constraints of our current system.”

  • 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. Linda Uyeda

    Dr. Linda Uyeda’s nominee notes that Dr. Uyeda deserves to be celebrated and reinforced as a hero for our community for the advocacy work that she does to “move the needle in our primary care system.” Her work includes visits to elementary and high-schools (often on volunteer basis) to educate students about trauma-informed leadership, the neuropsychiatry of anxiety, mindfulness, and parenting. “I feel Dr Uyeda She has the causal and system perspective down for where the greatest leverage for the development of the our ideal of ‘self-healing communities’.  She spends much of her time working with youth in the justice system.  She has survived traumatic assaults from unstable patients and yet, persevered with compassion and intelligence.  She continues to educate us, her peers about adverse childhood experiences.”

  • Dr. Alex van Duyvendyk

    Dr. van Duyvendyk is recognized  for her March 2020 petition calling on the BC business community to proactively close and transform their business to maximize social distancing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her petition and subsequent media appearances were a wonderful example of family physicians’ ability to provide community leadership and proactively advocate for the health of British Columbians. Her efforts certainly had an impact on raising awareness of the need for strong action to protect public health.

  • Dr. Louise Van Zyl

    “She is one of the hardest working physicians I had ever met. Between working a busy full time practice, plus walk in clinics on almost every weekend and most evenings, she is 110% committed to the practice of medicine. She has also demonstrated such generosity in helping me transition to practicing in BC from Saskatchewan, when I never had met her prior to moving here. She is also always committed to medical education, and helps with teaching medical students, is always attending multiple conferences and CME courses, and always puts her patients and their care first. As I run a solo practice, she has offered to help cover me when needed, and I can always count on her for advice. I’m truly grateful to have such a wonderful and hardworking colleague, who continually goes above and beyond for her patients and for helping out the community. She is deserving of this recognition.”

  • Dr. Marile Van Zyl

    Dr. Marile Van Zyl is nominated for the “exceptional work she is doing day-to-day in the community of Fort St. James.” She has worked tirelessly with her team over the past five years to create a true Patient Medical Home in the community. The result is a care model that improved access, improved care, created sustainability and improved provider experience.

  • Dr. Pieter Van Zyl

    Dr. Pieter Van Zyl is nominated for the “exceptional work he is doing day-to-day in the community of Fort St. James.”  He has worked tirelessly with his team over the past five years to create a true Patient Medical Home in the community. The result is a care model that improved access, improved care, created sustainability and improved provider experience.

  • 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. Dianne Vosloo

    “Dianne has worked tirelessly over many years (often the last to leave our clinic in the evening) to serve our student population at the SFU Health and Counselling Services…  including many of the marginalized patients (trans patients, refugees, etc.)… Through her own practise of relentless reading and specialist consultation, she has developed an expertise in these areas.”

  • Dr. Jean Warneboldt

    “She is an excellent physician, with all round skills of communication, innovation and dedication. She has worked as a hospitalist and palliative care physician and developed protocols for delirium for patients being seen in acute settings. She is involved in teaching and research in her practice area, directed towards improving the lives of older frail patients, and physician wellness as exemplified by the MD’s4 Wellness project in Fraser Northwest.”

  • Dr. Tandi Wilkinson

    Dr. Wilkinson is honoured for her contributions towards physician wellness, including her research on the topic of peer support for physicians and your leadership of the “Transforming Our Work” wellness retreats for specialists and family physicians across the Kootenay Boundary region. She is also recognized for her April 2020 article on “Taking care of each other during COVID-19 – peer support for physicians,” which came at a crucial time and provided honest, open, useful guidance for physicians. Her commitment to rural medicine throughout her career is also acknowledged.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Thomas S. H. Wong

    Dr. Thomas S.H. Wong is nominated for his long career as a “patient, kind and dedicated family doctor” who works well with colleagues, taking the time to understand each one’s opinions and concerns.

  • Dr. Karina Zeidler

    “She is a full-service family doctor who has a special focus on gender affirming care. She provides transgender care (in fee for service) as well as primary care to 100’s of East Van people. She teaches other family docs how to provide gender affirming care, and trans care. I could go on and on about her, happy to do so!”

  • Dr. Maryam Zeineddin

    “I wish to acknowledge Dr. Zeinneddin’s advocacy for women’s health and her tireless efforts to highlight the challenges that everyday comprehensive family physicians face in their quest to provide high quality patient-centred care in an increasingly challenging healthcare environment. I am grateful for Dr. Zeineddin’s understanding of the value of the family physician-patient relationship and for her embracing every opportunity to raise the profile of the profession.”