2021 ELECTIONS & ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

On this webpage you will find important information about your 2021 Annual General Meeting(AGM), to be held Thursday October 21st, and the membership vote. Voting will open on September 30th and end on October 14th. The nominations window for the board of directors election will be August 16 to September 6. Information will be updated a few times throughout the voting process. At this moment, you can find more detailed information below.

If you have questions about any aspect of the 2021 Vancouver Division of Family Practice membership vote or AGM, please emailvancouver@vancouverdivision.com or call 604-569-2010. 

Elections/AGM Information

The Vancouver Division is honored to announce Dr. Onye Nnorom as our 2021 AGM keynote speaker.

 

Dr. Nnorom is a Toronto-based family doctor and public health specialist. In her keynote, she will highlight her work, which focuses on health equity, particularly the health impacts of racism.

Dr. Nnorom has holds a number of leadership roles, including the Black Health Theme Lead for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is also the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead within the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Some may be familiar with her podcast Race, Health, and Happiness.

It is a pleasure to have Dr. Nnorom add her voice and perspective to the Division ongoing commitment to
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

This year’s AGM will take place on Thursday October 21 at 6:00 pm, virtually through Zoom. Click here to register.

Board Elections Reminder: Voting Begins September 30
For this year’s board elections, members are invited to vote to fill five (5) Actively Practicing Member Director positions (two-year board positions). There are six candidates seeking election. Each eligible voter (actively practicing members and Resident members) will receive a unique electronic ballot by email from our elections provider Simply Voting on September 30th. For more information, please visit our Division’s website.

In accordance with the BC Societies Act, the Division constitution and bylaws (last updated in 2016) provide clear policies and procedures that govern the role of a board member.

How is governance leadership defined in the current bylaws and constitution?

As described in the BC Societies Act there must be a separation between the people who provide leadership for the overall governance of the organization and the people who provide leadership by actively engaging in the work of the Division at the committee level.

What does that mean for those who want to get involved?

If a member is elected to the board of directors of the Vancouver Division, they are ineligible to engage and be remunerated for any activities at the day-to-day operations and programming level of the Division.

 

In short, A MEMBER CANNOT have both roles within the Vancouver Division of Family Practice. If you are interested in providing leadership with the Division, you need to decide between being a board member or a committee/working group member (i.e. a role where members are remunerated for their leadership or efforts for a Vancouver Division project or initiative).

 

Are there any exceptions?

There is one exception, which is for members interested in serving on the board who are also officially a part of the Vancouver Division’s Long-Term Care Initiative program.

 

To provide clarity for members interested in leadership opportunities, the Division has created the following table to describe the two official leadership roles that are currently available. In compliance with the new BC Societies Act (the legislation in which the Division is incorporated) and Division policy, members CANNOT serve in both capacities at the same time.

For an expanded role description of a board member click here.

Nomination Period

Monday, August 16th at 12:00a m PT – Monday, September 6th 2021 at 11:59:59 pm PT

Eligibility

Candidates must be a general member in good standing with the Division and the College of Family Physicians to be on the Board of Directors.

Board Composition and Available Seats:

  • The 2021-2022 board will be comprised of 8 members – Seven (7) FP Member Directors and one (1) Resident Member Director
  • For this year’s election, there are six (6) board of director positions open for election – five (5) FP Member Director positions and one (1) Resident Member Director position.

 

Please note: All applications received will undergo an initial review by the Vancouver Division’s Nominations Committee.

Elections Process

Directors will be elected by the membership through an electronic voting process facilitated by www.simplyvoting.com. Members eligible to vote will be sent an email on September 30th with a unique link to access their online ballot. Members will be required to cast votes for the full number of vacancies on the board. The voting period is between Thursday, September 30th at 12:00am PT and Thursday, October 14th at 11:59pm PT. Election results will be announced and ratified at the Annual General Meeting, taking place on the evening of Thursday, October 21st, 2021.

The 2021 board nominations form can be found here. The nominations window is between Monday, August 16th at 12:00am PT and Monday, September 6th, 2021 at 11:59:59 pm PT.

To complete a nominations form, a potential candidate will need to submit a candidate statement (450 words max) and provide the names and contact information for two members in good standing who are nominating them. A potential candidate will also need to email a current photo (in .jpeg format) to vancouver@vancouverdivision.com.

 

For a complete guide on what to include in a candidate statement, click here.

For an expanded role description of a board member click here.

We invite all interested members to submit questions about the process or the roles and responsibilities of being a Board member. Your questions will help us develop a FAQ and identify ways to support members who are considering this opportunity.

This year, our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Thursday October 21st, 2021, at 6:00pm PT. More information will be posted shortly. Please check this page for updated information.

Register here.

Meet Your Board Candidates

I have been a member of the Vancouver Division of Family Practice since 2015 and joined the Board of Directors in the Fall of 2020.

Since completing residency at UBC in 2015, I have worked as a Family Physician in Vancouver for 6 years.  I have a diverse, full-service community practice in East Vancouver and, in addition, manage a large panel of patients at UBC Purdy Pavilion Long Term Care Centre.  Medical education is also a priority for me and teaching Medical Students has been an important part of my career.

My experience as a Board member has enhanced my skills and knowledge of the governance and priorities of the organization. I acted as a Board Liaison on a Primary Care Network Steering Committee (CHA 3) and on the Frail Elder Care Committee. In addition, I serve as the Medical Director at UBC Purdy Pavilion. Moving forward I will continue to increase my skills as a medical leader for Family Doctors in Vancouver and believe that my experiences to date have provided me with a broad skill set that will be valuable as a Board member.

Of the many valuable ongoing projects of the Division, certain initiatives stand out as priorities to me. The first is guiding Family Practice reform through the ongoing, thoughtful, Family doctor focused implementation of Primary Care Networks in Vancouver. Second, providing ongoing COVID-19 support for our members is essential, particularly with respect to PPE acquisition, ongoing COVID-19 updates, and eventually, providing guidance for best practice in a post-pandemic world. Finally, supporting the wellness and resilience of our members at a time when physicians are facing significant challenges and high levels of burnout in practice. It is also important to ensure that these resources are provided fairly and equitably and in manner that is inclusive.

I am well aware that my success in practice has benefited from the privileges I have enjoyed throughout my career and training. My time with the Board has strengthened my resolve to work toward ensuring these advantages are available to all. I strongly believe that we have a responsibility to provide, not only mentorship and outreach to less privileged groups, but also to work within the Division to address systemic biases. I commend the Division’s decision to create the EDI committee in working for a more inclusive, just and equitable future for Family Medicine in Vancouver.

Serving on the Board of Directors has been challenging and deeply rewarding. I would be grateful for the opportunity to continue this work and serve as a voice for my Vancouver Family Physician colleagues.

It has been my privilege to sit on your Board for the last 4 years and as your Vice Chair most recently. I am proud of the work our Division has done to support our members and the patients you serve during what we can all say has been a deeply challenging and exhausting time. We face dual public health epidemics, a climate emergency and an ongoing surge of patients needing mental health support all at a time when primary care is already feeling the pressures of an overburdened healthcare system. Daily in our practices we observe, and are tasked with overcoming, the added layer of healthcare disparity that exists due to systemic racism, poverty and other barriers to equitable care for our most vulnerable patients. The Division strives to support you in this work and we have been committed to doing our own. 

Although it feels like a lifetime ago, when I began on your Board we were at the beginning of PCN development and Primary Care transformation. This work appropriately slowed in 2020 and we adapted to support member needs including PPE supply, wellness supports and to assist in virtual care provision. As we shift back to PCN development, I feel this is such an important time to push forward, reinforce the positive learnings and iterate. We have again shown how critical our work as family doctors is within our system. But we also have shown that without appropriate resources, high quality primary care is not sustainable. It would again be my honour to work on your behalf for the coming 2 years. 

I have been a full-service family physician for the last 11 years, serving patients across the full spectrum of age, complexity and backgrounds – an immensely rewarding practice.  I have also been a preceptor for the SPH family medicine residency program for 6 years and have greatly enjoyed guiding and teaching our next generation of family physicians. At the end of this year I will be taking a break from full-service practice and shifting focus to procedural medicine. This decision came with no small degree of guilt and feelings of inadequacy – something that on reflection I firmly believe no family physician should have to feel to stay well in a less-than-perfect system.

I remain passionate about family medicine and am motivated to be a part of the solution to make our primary care system stronger and more sustainable for healthy physicians and patients alike, a system that our newly graduated residents will want to join as longitudinal full service family physicians. This past year I served as a “physician champion” member of the Division’s Primary Care Network steering committee for CHA 5.  I see the great work being done and it has inspired me to want to participate in a broader governance role in this organization.

In my various roles of mother of 2, teacher, physician and committee member there are many elements of governance – oversight, financial decisions, collaborative problem solving, strategic planning and goal-setting – and I am looking forward to applying these skills on a larger scale.

I believe that the Division’s top 3 priorities should be:

  1. Family Physician wellness and support – an overworked, stressed, underappreciated FP simply cannot do their best work or provide their best care to patients. Supported, healthy doctors will lead to better patient care and increased engagement to build a healthier primary care system.
  2. Primary Care Network implementation – having been on the steering committee for this I can see that the ultimate vision of the Primary Care Network will have a significant positive impact on patient’s access to care and reducing individual physician burdens. We are not there yet, but we are getting closer, and if we keep moving on this I believe the results will come.
  3. IT solutions for improved EMR efficiencies, virtual care opportunities, and connectedness between physicians and databases – technology has enormous potential to improve patient care efficiency and access, but only if it works and only if there is integration between systems.

Thank you for your time, and for doing the work that you do.

I have been a practicing family physician in Vancouver since 2017 with a focus in elderly care and palliative care since 2017 with homebound elderly, long term care and inpatient rehab. I also serve as Medical Coordinator of an 80 bed long term care facility in Vancouver.

I have been involved with the Vancouver Division since 2017 in various roles including as a member of the board over the past four years, with the Continuity of Care Committee, Primary Care Network steering committee, IT initiatives, and the Long Term Care Initiative. As a board member, I have witnessed with much gratitude the awe-inspiring work of family docs and the Division staff as the pandemic presented its various challenges. This motivates me to keep working alongside my colleagues to troubleshoot and close the resource gap that family docs need to provide sustainable and quality longitudinal family medicine.

As we transition from the hot, hopefully somewhat relaxing, days of the summer into fall, I humbly believe the priority areas for the Division’s work should include:

  1. Staying responsive to family doc needs from the ever changing demands of the COVID-19 pandemic while promoting family doc wellness and resilience
  2. Furthering the work of family docs on Primary Care Homes and Networks
  3. Incorporating principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in every aspect of division’s work

Working alongside yourselves, the Division board, staff and partners, I will apply myself to work strategically and with fiscal responsibility to support the amazing work that you do for your patients and our community!

I have been a member of the Vancouver Division of Family Practice since I completed my residency almost 7 years ago. Over the past year I have also had the honour to participate as a member of its board of directors, chairing the steering committee of my local Primary Care Network as well as acting as a liaison with our Primary Maternity Care Committee.

I currently practice comprehensive family medicine, mainly in a group practice setting using a fee-for-service model. A large chunk of my clinical time is devoted to maternity care which sees me at BC Women’s for deliveries and other intrapartum care. I am actively engaged in post-graduate resident teaching in most aspects of my work and more formally as a supervising clinician at the UBC Health Clinic, a resident-run clinic on the UBC campus.

My governance experience goes far back to my residency as a board member of the Resident Doctors of BC. During my career I have gladly been pulled into various working groups and committees at the community and facility levels. More recently I have joined the leadership of the department of family practice at BC Women’s as Assistant Head responsible for training and education. As mentioned above I have also represented the membership at the board level of the Divisions of Family Practice for the past year and remain happily engaged in continuing this important work.

While maintaining its current roster of practice-enhancing offerings, the Division is continuing with a top-tier priority, the development and support of the Patient Medical Home and the various local Primary Care Networks. Their importance lies in the fact that they involve supporting the many needs of family practice – from envisioning models of practice new graduates would actually want, to transitioning the retiring family doctors and their practices. We need to continue engaging and representing our membership to ensure that core interests are spoken for, that we can identify practice frustrations and solicit the best ideas on how we can use our resources to improve our specialty.

I fully believe we should continue to work towards a more representative and inclusive organization. I have and will continue to support putting our organization heft behind such efforts as our recent institutional internal review as well as the creation of an EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) Task Force.

Outside medicine I am a keen canoeist and skier, those both of those pursuits have taken the backseat to my young family, though it won’t be long before I get my toddlers in skis and on the water.

Thank you so much for the consideration.

I humbly submit this application to be re-elected to the VDoFP board of directors. I have been on the board for four years, as your chair for three. In that role I’ve seen the amazing work and resilience of family doctors in our community and how the Division supports us in that work. I’ve been a primary care provider in Vancouver for 30 years having been privileged to work in a variety of settings: office-based practice in the downtown East side, palliative care in hospices and in long term care, hospital-based care, and home-based frail elder care. I’ve participated in both FFS and sessional compensation models, seen their benefits and drawbacks. This broad experience, I believe, allows me to deeply understand many of the issues that you, our members, face.

In addition to my clinical pursuits, I’ve held a number of leadership roles over the span of my practice – FP ward manager, hospitalist program lead, long term care medical director, hospice medical coordinator, medical director of VCH community geriatric programs, and VDoFP board chair. Additionally, I’ve graduated from the Sauder School of Business medical leadership course. In total these experiences have given me, I believe, the tools to be a good communicator, a strategic thinker and an effective team builder.

The Vancouver Division represents a diverse membership, and the board should reflect that diversity. We all need to explore and acknowledge our biases and privileges, be they cultural, gender or socioeconomic. The Vancouver Division has made equity, diversity and inclusion core principles that underpin all our work and will continue striving to be a safe, inclusive workplace as well as a resource to members endeavouring on that same path. Personally, I value the widest possible range of perspectives on the issues we face. I try to listen fully and with an open mind, at the same time aware that my life experience may influence my own perceptions.

As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers on in waves, the Division needs to continue supporting members with timely, curated information and to provide the practical support to keep offices open. Concurrently the necessary work of reforming and enhancing primary care by supporting PMHs and building out networks must continue. Primary care faces major challenges – access and attachment for patients on the one hand, sustainability and fulfillment for family doctors on the other. Primary care networks and team based care offer a viable path to addressing those issues. The Division must listen to and work with members to create an improved primary care system. Finally the Division must continue to make physician wellness and safety a priority. None of our transformational work can happen without engaged, energized healthy members.