Vancouver Division of Family Practice

Vancouver Division's 2018 Elections & Annual General Meeting

Please read below for important member information about the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held Thursday November 8, and the membership vote, taking place October 18 to November 1.  If you have questions please contact or 604-569-2010.

The Voting Process

The 2018 membership vote will be done electronically. Directors will be elected by the membership through an electronic voting process facilitated by Members eligible to vote (actively practicing Members and Residents) will be sent an email on October 18 with a unique link to access their online ballot. To ensure the ballot is delivered to your email address, please add and to your safe sender list.

Members can cast votes up to the full number of vacancies on the Board. This year there are four (4) vacancies for 2-year regular Board positions and one (1) vacancy for the 1-year Resident Board position.  All applications have undergone a verification and review process by the Vancouver Division’s Nominations Committee and Board.

The voting period is between October 18 at 12:00am PT and November 1 at 11:59pm PT. Election results will be announced and ratified at the AGM, taking place on the evening of Thursday, November 8, 2018.


Regular Board Position Candidate Statements


Dr. Lauren Daley

Lauren DaleyI've been involved with the Vancouver Division of Family Practice (VDoFP) since the beginning of my Family Practice residency in 2014. For the last two years, I've sat on the VDoFP Board of Directors. This past year I've acted as Vice Chair. I've also acted as the Board Liaison for the Residential Care Committee.

I am presently in my third year of practice, and work primarily in Palliative Care. Prior to this, I was a locum at a number of family practice clinics in Downtown Vancouver. During my last two years serving on the VDoFP Board of Directors, I've learned a tremendous amount about organizational leadership and governance. It's a very exciting time for the VDoFP, particularly with respect to our important role in primary care reform throughout the city and the province.

I believe the VDoFP's top priority should be an ongoing commitment to establishing Patient Medical Homes and Primary Care Networks in our city, by working collaboratively with the necessary stakeholders. Within that, I think continuing to prioritize the patient voice will ensure the new system works effectively and allows improved access to quality primary care. I also think enhancing the day-to-day function of family physicians is paramount to this initiative's success. As such, keeping our members at the center of this work should always remain a top priority for the VDoFP. I look forward to continuing my role as a governor on the VDoFP Board, and am grateful for the opportunity to apply the many skills I've gained through my work with the VDoFP thus far.


Dr. Brenda Hardie

 Brenda HardieI have been practicing since 1993 and consider myself a true generalist. My first 19 years were spent in a solo rural practice. I enjoyed being a preceptor as well as various leadership roles. l developed skills in governance as the Chief of Emergency and the Chief of Obstetrics. In 2012, I took a full 180 degree turn and became an urbanite and brought my generalist roots to the Broadway corridor. My practice is a typical cradle to grave practice with the inclusion of providing OAT for addictions. Collaboration with a colleague at Sheway has allowed me to provide a medical home for marginalized women and children. Being resourceful has helped me adapt to my new community and lead me to be a part of an excellent group of like-minded physicians that energize me every day.

In search of ways to continue to develop as a leader. I embraced medical education at UBC. l have enjoyed 5 years as the lead for faculty development and 4 years as the residency program associate director. I am at heart a problem-solver and would bring to the board an understanding of how complex human systems adapt and change. Seeing the big picture and bringing together many points of view are key tasks for a board and these are skills that I have worked to build in my 25 year career so far.

My top 3 picks of the Divisions 5 strategic priorities are:

  1. Increase Access to Quality Primary Care: While remembering that quality care can only be provided when physicians are thriving and that access cannot come at the expense of our own health.
  2. Improve Patient Engagement. We are often sure we know the patient perspective due to our keen ability to listen. But bringing the patients to the place where decisions are made will only make things better.
  3. Incorporate Evaluation and a Scientific Evidence Basis. There are other ways of knowing that can be included with traditional scientific evidence and data gathering. Pursuing the understanding behind the data can bring about more meaningful change.


Dr. Ramesh Kamath

Ramesh KamathHaving completed Family Medicine Residency from UBC in 2014, I practiced two years in the rural communities of Fort St. John (FSJ) and Hudson’s Hope which also served Indigenous communities. I was the sole Physician in the first year at the Northern Health multidisciplinary clinic; in the second year I introduced and helped recruit four other physicians. I served on the Board of Directors of North Peace Division of Family Practice and participated in discussions with BC Ministry of Health in the formation of an alternate funding model for physicians in FSJ. My clinic practice, since I returned to Vancouver in 2016, caters to a diverse population of all ages and genders from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

I have been an assessor in the Practice Ready Assessment program which recruits Family Physicians to BC to provide relief to underserved communities. Having students in the practice with an aim to generate their interest in Family Medicine also demonstrates my commitment to this discipline.

Having worked in a multidisciplinary team will add value to the core strategic priority of Patient Medical Home (PMH), and my experience in recruiting should be beneficial to the Recruitment and Retention initiative. Addressing population diversity is the foundation of public health and equitable distribution of medical services. Completing several courses of BCIT’s Health Care Management program familiarized me with successful global health care systems. This combined with my understanding of needs and expectations of a diverse population will be in alignment with improving patient engagement, another area of focus for the division.

My experience as Chief Resident at the St Paul’s IMG Family Medicine program and as Director on the North Peace Board have not only enhanced my critical thinking and problem solving skills but also effective communication across teams. These attributes would help me contribute to the Board.

I believe that the top priorities for the division should be PMH and team-based care to enhance patient outcomes, use of technology and EMR for physicians to facilitate optimal patient management and develop robust alternate and sustainable compensation models for physicians who seek different payment models.


Dr. Nitasha Puri

Nitasha PuriThink global, act local. To me, the Vancouver Division of Family Practice (VDoFP) embodies this important idea, and I am excited to continue in my position on the Board of Directors.

I have been fortunate to serve on the VDoFP’s Board for the past two years. In this short period of time, the organization has become a key player in primary care reform and advocacy. If I were re-elected to the Board, I would bring experience and continuity to this exciting period of change, as well as passion for priority areas such as supporting diverse family practices in becoming patient medical homes, centering integrated care practices and trans-disciplinary relationships, as well as the social and systemic determinants of health that affect our patients in primary care. I recognize that the governance role requires a certain skill set and perspective, and am excited to further developing my ability to ask deep questions, examine multiple perspectives, and keep members and their interests at the centre of the decisions that I participate in.

As an early career family physician just exiting my first five years of a focused practice in mental health and addiction, I have had enough time to develop familiarity with the system and remain up to date with current evidence. In addition to clinical work and my experiences with governance on the VDoFP Board, I value research as advocacy and am currently developing my systems and policy thinking as a clinical research scholar at the University of British Columbia. I have been lucky to have mentors in and practiced skills of communication, policy making, and advocacy, and am a member of the CMA MD-MP Program and various guideline committees that are developing policy and system change around the opioid crisis. I feel that I have the clinical, research, committee, and life experience that would allow me to be a well-rounded member of the Board.

Thank you for considering my application to represent our members and participate in governance at the VDoFP. I appreciate your support and solidarity, and look forward to working together.


Dr. Karina Zeidler

Karina ZeidlerI applied to medical school wanting to be a family doctor with my own practice. I joined my current fee-for-service clinic when I graduated in 2014. I work alongside other dedicated family physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, and specialists. Faced with the appalling lack of primary care for transgender and gender diverse folks, I focused my practice on this marginalized group. I am involved in education, teaching, and specialized gender affirming health services. I am also the physician lead for a weekly sexual health clinic, and an examiner with the sexual assault service.

This is my first foray into a position of leadership at the division.

The top priority for the division must be the greatest public health crisis of our time - the opioid crisis. And we cannot talk about truly dealing with that crisis without talking about decriminalizing all drugs. The evidence is clear on this and the division of family practice should be front and centre in the fight to save people's lives.

There have been a lot of announcements surrounding patient medical homes and primary care networks. The next priority of the division should be frank open discussions about what those concepts actually mean. Are we talking about keeping the status quo of fee for service primary care with some added perks, or will PMHs be created from the ideas of front line workers, our patients, our allied health colleagues, and our administrative staff? The primary goal of PMH and PCN should be the well-being of all the people who live in this city, starting with the most vulnerable, and include advocacy for basic human rights such as housing, food security, safety, and freedom from discrimination.

Last of all, there should be a strong voice within the division for those who want to see the role of the family doctor move away from that of entrepreneur to that of public servant, with options for consistent income, parental leave, sick time and vacation time, and advocating for free post-secondary education for all, to help decrease the burden of debt for new graduates.


Resident Board Position Candidate Statements


Dr. Johnny Chang

Johnny ChangI am currently a new member of Division of Family Practice Vancouver. I am a first year resident doctor in the St. Paul's IMG program. I look forward to being more involved with the Divisions.

I was vice president of the global health group, GlobalHome, at the University of Sydney and also Sydney Medical School's sole representative to the Australian Medical School Association Global health working group. One of our main initiatives involved a letter writing program pledging our support against the detention of migrants on Manus Island. I also help arrange fundraising events, such as a charity auction, and end of year parties to raise money for Birthing Kits. I will bring my experience in organizing events and projects to Divisions.

I feel that as doctors, it is very important to be advocates for our patients on the global scale. Changes in social policy greatly impact the health outcomes of our individual patients.  Inequality is growing in Vancouver and more needs to be done to bridge this gap and give access to doctors for those most vulnerable. Divisions of family medicine must continue to advocate for vulnerable populations in Vancouver.

In Vancouver, I find it shocking that so many of my friends and relatives do not have family doctors. For them, one of the greatest barriers to finding a family doctor is knowing which doctors are taking in new patients. The Divisions can better help patients connect to the family doctors taking new patients. Another barrier I noted from my family and friends is finding doctors that speak their language. According to the intake census at Divisions, many family doctors speak a second language, but most do not feel comfortable practicing in languages other than English. Secondly, the Divisions should prioritize creating programs that help give family physicians the vocabulary to practice in a second language.

In Summary, the I think the top 3 priorities of the Divisions should be 1) continue to advocate politically for the socially disadvantaged; 2) connect every patient to a family doctor; 3) provide medical language skills training in other languages for family doctors.


Dr. Bobby Gu

Bobby GuMy name is Bobby Gu, I am a PGY2 at the St. Paul’s Hospital site and I have been the resident board member at the VDOFP for the past year.  As a board member, I’ve had the incredible privilege to represent Vancouver family physicians and family medicine residents.  We have been addressing primary care issues by investigating alternative payment models and incorporating allied health through Patient Medical Homes (PMH).  Through the governance role of the board, we led the developed of this concept into its first pilot locations that will be operational by October 2018.  Additionally, as the board liaison for the Residents and New-To-Practice Committee, I have been standing up for residents’ needs within the organization by highlighting them within board meetings.  I have also worked closely with the committees to plan and MC events such as Careers night and SUCCESS.

As a CMG resident at St. Paul’s Hospital, I work with a large marginalized population at St. Paul’s Hospital and at 3 Bridges Clinic.  I also work in a busy community fee-for-service family medicine clinic in East Vancouver.  Both experiences highlight the importance of PMHs’ goals of incorporating allied health into primary care.

Although my first year as a board member had proved to be a steep learning curve, I feel confident and comfortable for the upcoming year with the governance and committee experiences I’ve accumulated. My previous positions as president for the UBC Chapter of Canadian-Society-for-Civil-Engineering, as founder of the Kidney Health Awareness Club, and my various executive roles in other organizations have provided the fundamental interpersonal skills to succeed at this position.

I believe the top 3 priorities for the next year will be operationalizing PMHs, re-establishing the roles for committees in relation to PMHs, and continuing investment in information technology.  I truly believe that PMHs will have a significant role in the future of primary care and thus should be our top priority.  Additionally, investment in IT is crucial for efficiency and is a large contributor to the success of other PMHs such as Alberta’s model.

Thank you so much for the consideration.


Dr. Jesse Kancir

Jesse KancirAs a resident, the Division of Family Practice has been critical to my training, whether it has been the available resources or its leadership role in health system change.

I'm interested in serving as Board Member to ensure that the organization continues to be relevant to trainees and those looking to transition into community practice.

My governance strengths include the ability to quickly understand issues, analyze risks (especially those related to politics and education), and creatively strategize. I've gained this from being the President of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, a Board member of the Canadian Medical Association, a current Board Director of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), and a Board Director of the Resident Doctors of British Columbia.

I've also formally gained my certification in Not-for-Profit Board Governance through the Institute of Corporate Directors in February 2018.

I think the Divisions 3 priorities should all ultimately be on ensuring access to GPs in Vancouver. First, DoFP should focus on working with the province as it unrolls its new plan for primary care networks. Second, DoFP should focus on strategies for retention of new and early-in-practice GPs, especially given the challenges this group faces from high student debt and increasing affordability challenges of the city. Third, DoFP should focus on advocating for the Patient's Medical Home with strategic partners, to ensure that this priority becomes a reality with our partner organizations.


Annual General Meeting Registration

Who: Vancouver Division Members, Partners and Invited Guests

What: Our fifth AGM will take place on Thursday Nov 8, 2018, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at the historical Vancouver Maritime Museum!

We encourage all Vancouver Division Members to attend the AGM to stay connected on the important news and activities of your Division. You will hear from our Directors and Guest Speakers who will provide a fulsome picture of the Division’s work this past year, as well as what's to come in the future.

When: Thursday Nov 8, 2018 | 6:00pm – 9:30pm

(Details to be confirmed, but the official AGM will likely take place from 6:30pm – 7:30pm)

Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum - 1905 Ogden Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3

Cost/Accreditation: Free 


Click here to REGISTER