Congratulations to the physicians who’ve received the following awards, which highlight the notable contributions of physicians in their communities.

If you’ve recently received an award, please let us know by emailing rsidhu@doctorsofbc.ca.

Fall 2022

Dr Talveen Gill, Member at Large, South Island Division of Family Practice

Dr Talveen Gill received the Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness from the UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards in October 2022. The award recognizes excellence in advancing  equity, diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, or service by clinical faculty members. Dr Gill is a family practice clinical instructor and the Victoria site faculty for academic curriculum and assessment and evaluation with the UBC Family Practice Postgraduate Program.

Dr Ruth Elwood Martin, Vancouver Division of Family Practice

Dr Ruth Martin received the Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Leadership/Service from the UBC Faculty of Medicine in October 2022. This award recognizes excellence in leadership or service by clinical faculty members. Dr Martin practiced family medicine in Vancouver for 26 years and worked part-time in prison medical clinics for 16 years. She is a clinical professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, the inaugural director of UBC’s Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education, and co-director of the British Columbia Primary Care Research Network. Dr Martin was previously chair of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Prison Health Program Committee, and she led the research faculty of UBC’s Department of Family Practice’s postgraduate program for 13 years.

Dr Duncan Miller, Vancouver Division of Family Practice

Dr Duncan Miller received the Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching from the UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards in October 2022. The award recognizes excellence in teaching by clinical faculty members. Dr Miller is a family doctor who has been in practice in Vancouver since 1995. He has a keen interest in teaching. He has lectured at Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital, and Richmond General Hospital.

Dr Birinder Narang, Board Chair, Burnaby Division of Family Practice

Dr Birinder Narang received the Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Leadership/Service from the UBC Faculty of Medicine in October 2022. The award recognizes excellence in leadership or service by clinical faculty members. Dr Narang is clinical assistant professor with the UBC Faculty of Medicine and a family physician for REACH Community Health Centre. He is a community champion  health, advocacy, and culture, and a medical contributor for Global BC and CKNW 980. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Narang played a pivotal role in disseminating resources, support and health information to the community, including co-founding the “This Is Our Shot” national vaccine confidence campaign.

Spring 2022

Dr. Granger Avery, C.M. (Port McNeill)

In June 2022, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, announced Dr Avery’s appointment as Member of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honours. The appointment honours Dr Avery’s incisive leadership in the practice of rural medicine and tireless commitment to improving Canada’s health care system. Dr Avery is the past president of the Canadian Medical Association and the BC Medical Association (now called Doctors of BC), and co-founder of RCCbc.

Dr Francois Bosman (Gabriola Island), Gabriola Island Chapter of Rural & Remote Division of Family Practice

Dr Francois Bosman received the “Above and Beyond” Award from the Rural Coordination Centre of BC in May 2022. The award recognizes a physician going “Above and Beyond” in caring for rural patients and communities. Dr Bosman has been a dedicated physician on Gabriola Island, committed not only to the patients in his practice, but to any and all patients requiring urgent and emergency care, regardless of the time of day or night.

Dr. Karin Kausky (Whistler), Sea to Sky Division of Family Practice

In May 2022, Dr Karen Kausky accepted the Rural BC Community Award on behalf of Whistler, where, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, health care teams worked with partners across many community organizations to provide ‘social prescriptions’ for things like food from the food bank and therapy to meet people’s needs in a holistic way. The award cited Whistler’s model as an example of remarkable community partnership-building with Dr. Karin Kausky as one of the people who was instrumental in implementing the model.

Dr Danielle Pichie (New Hazelton), Hazelton Chapter of the Rural & Remote Division of Family Practice

Dr Pichie received the Rural Community Impact Award from the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada in April 2022. The award recognizes a physician who has had a significant impact on their community through clinical services, teaching, research, volunteer work, or other community involvement advocating for the best health care available. Dr Pichie is chief of staff at Wrinch Memorial Hospital.

Dr Lauri-Ann Shearer (Bella Bella), Physician Lead, Bella Bella Chapter of the Rural & Remote Division of Family Practice

Dr. Shearer received the Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine: Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rural Coordination Centre of BC in May 2022. For over 18 years, Dr Shearer has been dedicated to improving health care on the Central Coast by acquiring new equipment, maintaining and developing specialist outreach clinics, and managing the local medical clinic.

Dr John Soles (Clearwater), Clearwater Chapter of the Rural & Remote Division of Family Practice

Dr John Soles received the Above and Beyond Award from the Rural Coordination Centre of BC in May 2022. The award recognizes a physician going “Above and Beyond” in caring for rural patients and communities. The award citation noted a professional accomplishment under Dr Soles’ leadership while he was president of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada: The Society collaborated with the College of Canadian Family Physicians on the Joint Task Force on Advancing Rural Family Medicine.

Dr Tracey Thorne (Gabriola), Board Co-Chair, Division Lead and Vancouver Island Region, Regional Physician Lead, Gabriola Chapter, Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice

Dr. Thorne received the BC Achievement Community Award from the BC Achievement Foundation in May 2022. The award celebrates British Columbians who go above and beyond in their dedication and service to others. It honours individuals who devote their time and energy to making their communities more caring, dynamic, beautiful, healthy, and inclusive.