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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 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. 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. 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 residents 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.