How can I capture the current climate and challenges of family medicine in my words and in this year as your President?

What will resonate with a distinctly diverse group of physicians who serve in a wide variety of practices, but also reach across the vast geographic differences in where and how we work? How will we help each other navigate our new normals after a pandemic that has widened the deep cracks in our system, proved that the oft-times glacial shift of bureaucracy is unnecessary, and left a swath of burnout in its wake? How can we build upon the incredible and unprecedented rising up of healthcare providers to meet the needs of our patients and communities?

I humbly realise that all I can do with my words is speak from the heart and hope it will leave us more connected, less alone, and with more hope.

More and more often as a family doctor in BC, I feel devalued, disheartened, disrespected, and even despondent in my work. The moral injury inherent in not being able to locally and collectively provide the healthcare that patients deserve is heavy, whether that is due to restrictions and resources or politics and policy. Our patients deserve better, and we deserve better.

I have also felt the bone-deep honour and privilege of work well done. Over these past several years, I have witnessed amazing feats of innovation, collaboration, care, and compassion in our colleagues, partnerships, and the communities we serve.

So where do I go from here?

First, I am done apologising and bearing blame for a system I did not break. However, I am not done educating my patients and communities on where and how they can raise their voices and concerns or receive support. I am certainly not done advocating for what patients, communities, and family doctors need.

Second, I do not intend to dull the roar of discontent. However, I do intend to stoke the embers of hope through meaningful partnership, as well as the co-creation of solutions and actions that do not add harm and do not further silo us.

Third, I do not plan to passively await change. Family doctors and patients need not only to be heard by decision makers, but to sit at every table intended to shape sustainable healthcare solutions in keeping with the quintuple aim.

Finally, I am not done providing and expecting transparent communication and the holding to account of our partners. I include myself in this expectation.

I am cognizant of both the privilege and responsibility in the work that both I and BC Family Doctors do. I invite each of you to reach out to me to better inform and direct the work we do. Moreover, I want to credit and recognise the extensive and exceptional work that is already being done by our incredible colleagues, our patients, our partners, and by BC Family Doctors. 

I see you. I hear you. I deeply respect and admire you. And I thank you.

Dr. Danette Dawkin
President 2022-2023
BC Family Doctors 

Past Presidents

Dr. Toye Oyelese20212022
Dr. Jennifer Tranmer20202021
Dr. Karen Forgie20192020
Dr. Ramneek Dosanjh20182019
Dr. Wendy Amirault20172018
Dr. Ernie Chang 20162017
Dr. Ken Burns20152016
Dr. Lawrence Welsh20132015
Dr. Tracy Monk20122013
Dr. Peter Barnsdale20112012
Dr. Ralph Jones 20102011
Dr. Joanne Young20092010
Dr. Steven Goodchild20082009
Dr. Bryan Norton20072008
Dr. Bill Rife20062007
Dr. B. Jean Clarke20052006
Dr. Frank Healey20042005
Dr. Phil Asquith20032004
Dr. Catherine Clelland20022003
Dr. David Attwell20012002
Dr. David H. Geen20002001
Dr. W.J.R. (Bill) Cavers19992000
Dr. Carole Williams19981999
Dr. James Rhodes19971998
Dr. Heidi Oetter 19961997
Dr. A. Jack Burak19951996
Dr. Al Kallas19941995
Dr. Keith Phillips 19931994
Dr. Peter Boronowski19921993
Dr. Ken Kolotyluk19911992
Dr. Jack Albrecht19901991

Section of General Practice under BCMA prior to 1990

Dr. Brian Taylor   
Dr. Claude Morin 

BC Family Doctors