The GPSC is a partnership of the Government of BC and Doctors of BC that works on behalf of doctors to strengthen full-service family practice and patient care in BC.
The committee is comprised of six representatives from the Doctors of BC and six representatives of the Government of BC, and has guest members from each health authority and BC Family Doctors.
Doctors of BC and Ministry of Health Representatives*
Please click on name for member biography.
Ministry of Health
Ted Patterson is the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the Primary Care Division at the Ministry of Health. Prior to this appointment, Ted seconded a number of ADM portfolios in the Ministry, including Primary and Community Care policy, as well as the Health Sector Workforce. Previously, Ted was Executive Director at the Public Sector Employers' Council (PSEC) Secretariat in the Ministry of Finance, where he was responsible for collective bargaining and compensation strategies for the Health, K-12 and University sectors. In this role, Ted also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the BC Public School Employers' Association and represented government at a number of major negotiation tables.
Ted has also worked in a number of other senior level positions within the Ministry of Health, including Director of Labour Relations and Special Initiatives in the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer.
Ted holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Political Studies, both from the University of Saskatchewan.
Doctors of BC
Dr Anthon Meyer is a dedicated family physician with extensive clinical experience in primary and emergency care.
He serves as Medical Director of the Fort St. James Medical Clinic and also practices comprehensive family medicine and emergency care through his roles as a family physician with Stuart Lake General Hospital.
Dr Meyer has held several leadership roles including President of the BC College of Family Physicians, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Northern Interior Division of Family Practice, Chairman of Health Data Coalition (HDC), Assistant Professor with the University of British Columbia, the University of Northern British Columbia, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
His core belief of equal opportunities for rural and Indigenous communities has been a major influence on his career in medicine, and his leadership and teaching work has been recognized provincially and nationally.
Ministry of Health
A social work graduate from the University of Victoria, Mark Armitage is the Executive Director of Integrated Primary and Community Care in the Health Services Policy and Quality Assurance Division, Ministry of Health. Mark’s main areas of focus are collaboration with provincial health authorities related to physician care and services, the transformational work within primary care, mental health and substance use programs, the stewardship of provincial policy on home and community care, and the implementation of recommendations from the ombudsperson’s report on seniors.
Prior to his current role, Mark spent a decade as a Probation Officer with the Community Corrections Branch of the Ministry of Attorney General, during which time he was awarded a Solicitor General’s Corrections Exemplary Service Medal. Subsequently, he spent 15 years with the Ministry of Children and Family Development in various management and executive roles, and as acting Assistant Deputy Minister for regional operations on Vancouver Island and in the Interior.
Mark is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration. He enjoys spending time with his three adult sons and his German wire-haired pointer, playing the guitar and mandolin, and exercising.
Doctors of BC
Dr Sari Cooper is a family physician in Victoria, BC who has practised community-based longitudinal family medicine since 2001. She received her medical degree and residency training at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Sari has always made teaching a part of her career—in 2010 she was part of the development team that created a thriving family medicine residency program in Barrie, Ontario, which has been a driving force of recruitment and retention in the area. During her time as a family medicine residency preceptor in Barrie, Sari received a teaching award for Role Modeling Clinical Excellence from the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.
She currently holds a clinical appointment at UBC where she teaches courses in the Island Medical Program such as Case-Based Learning, Clinical Skills, and Portfolio. Sari also serves as a Division Head for Geo 4 with Island Health’s Department of Family Practice, a role that includes supporting recruitment and retention of Family Physicians in Victoria through the development of community-based Clinical Teaching Units. She has previously held the role of Medical Director for the Victoria Health Co-operative Health Centre.
Outside of her medical career, she has a busy and active family, and has recently become a published author of a middle-grade novel.
Ministry of Health
Danielle Daigle is a Family Nurse Practitioner providing primary care in Campbell River, BC at the North Island Medical Clinic and the Positive Wellness Centre in Campbell River Hospital. Dani works with vulnerable and medically complex populations including those who are homeless, experience issues with mental health and substance use, women at risk, First Nations, and those living with hepatitis C and HIV. She holds a subspecialty certification from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV care.
In 1996, Dani obtained her Bachelor of Nursing degree from University of Manitoba and worked collaboratively at the bedside, mentoring students and new nurses, and has held a variety of nursing leadership roles. In 2014, Dani graduated with her Master of Nursing from the University of Victoria and brings a passion for patient advocacy and an earnestness to ensure access to equitable health care to her NP practice. Since the Ministry of Health’s announcement in May 2018 to improve the provision of primary health care, Dani has provided leadership and dedication to ensuring the success of this strategy. Dani brings her voice and insight to the Primary and Community Care Advisory Forum, and plays an instrumental role on the steering committee for the NP Led Primary Care Clinics (NP-PCCs) health care delivery models.
Locally, Dani holds a seat at the Strathcona Community Health Network Table of Partners and also sits on the Campbell River Community Action Team Leadership table which is tasked with addressing the opioid crisis, with the aim to reduce overdose deaths in the community. Prior to all four nursing designations (RNs, RPNs, LPNs, and NPs) amalgamating into one association, Dani served as the British Columbia Nurse Practitioner Association’s Conference Chair for two years, delivering a rich educational and networking opportunity for NPs across the province. Dani is currently the President for the NP Council of Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC) and sits on the NNPBC Board of Directors.
Dani enjoys skiing at Mount Washington and has volunteered for the Mount Washington Ski Patrol for the past 10 years. She also has two young children and loves to get out on the water kayaking with her family.
Doctors of BC
Dr Jaron Easterbrook is a family physician at Three Cedars MD in Sidney, BC. He attended medical school at the University of Calgary and completed his Family Medicine Residency at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine in 2018. Dr Easterbrook also has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Victoria and an MBA in International Marketing from the University of Toronto.
Before he started practicing medicine, he spent 15 years in marketing, most recently as a National Marketing Manager for Apple and a Product Manager for EMR & Integration with Canada Health Infoway. He made the switch to medicine after shadowing an ICU physician.
Dr Easterbrook currently co-chairs the GPSC Information Sharing Task Group and the Greater Victoria COVID Community Task Group. Among other medical leadership activities, he was Vice Chair of his Division as a resident, previously on the board of the Health Data Coalition, and is the Treasurer for BC Family Doctors (formerly the Society of General Practitioners; which he led through a successful rebrand).
He is passionate about knowledge transfer, sharing tools, and resources to reduce workloads and improve practices for family doctors across the province. He is committed to longitudinal family medicine; he recently opened a new clinic in Sidney and is working as a hospitalist at the local community hospital on the peninsula.
Doctors of BC
Dr Mitchell Fagan is a family physician at Murrayville Family Practice in Langley, BC and is also the medical director at the Langley Lodge. Dr Fagan is the former head of family practice at Langley Memorial Hospital, previously served as a CSC chair, and was the vice-chair of the Langley Division of Family Practice for five years.
After working in a two-doctor practice for six years, Mitchell partnered with the Fraser Health Authority to develop and lead an inter-professional multidisciplinary team in a private primary care clinic in 2002. Since inception, the clinic’s team-based care approach has strengthened the delivery of full-scope primary care. The clinic works closely with home health, and cares for over 200 frail seniors through the Residential Care Initiative. In addition to his Division involvement, Dr Fagan has provided strategic insight to local government, non-profit organizations, health authorities, and universities through his involvement in regional and provincial committees and initiatives.
Dr Fagan has two children and two massive Newfoundlander dogs. He is also a farmer to more than 20 llamas.
Ministry of Health
Kelly Gunn is Vice President, Primary and Community Care and Chief Nursing Executive for Northern Health. She has 26 years of experience in the health care field, having worked as a nurse in both acute and speciality acute care, as well as in community health.
Kelly spent eight years in Medical Affairs with Northern Health before assuming her current role in 2014, and later assuming responsibility for professional practice in her role as Chief Nursing Executive.
Ministry of Health
Richard Jock is a member of the Mohawks of Akwesasne and serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the First Nations Health Authority. As the COO, Richard’s portfolio includes health benefits, policy, planning, engagement, service improvements/integration, investment strategies, and regional partnership implementation. His position also provides leadership for the building, functioning and implementation of strong partnerships within the First Nations health governance structure and within the health system more broadly. Richard has worked for the past 25 years for First Nations organizations and the federal government, including numerous positions in the health field.
Prior to joining the FNHA, he held the post of Chief Executive Officer for the Assembly of First Nations. Among his other professional roles, Richard has held senior leadership positions at Norway House Health Services Incorporated, Health Canada, the National Aboriginal Health Organization, and Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.
Ministry of Health
Shallen Letwin was appointed Vice President, Clinical Operations IH South beginning in April 2019. In this role, he leads clinical services for IH South, including: the Kootenay Boundary, Central and South Okanagan, as well as several IH-wide clinical programs and networks. These include: cardiac; home and community care; long-term care; cancer; and the Southern Medical Program – operational liaison.
Shallen has wide-ranging operational and leadership experience in the areas of acute care, community/primary care, long term care, pharmacy services, and cancer care across the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia spanning over two decades. Shallen has previously served as the Vice President Regional Operations for BC Cancer and Vice President, Clinical Operations for Fraser Health where he has provided leadership and direction to clinical services in regional cancer centres, hospitals and community services.
Shallen holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of BC. He is also a Certified Health Executive.
Doctors of BC
Dr Lee MacKay is a generalist family physician in Nelson. He received his medical degree from the University of British Columbia in 2008 and completed his family medicine residency at Dalhousie University in Halifax in 2010.
Lee has been active in physician leadership serving as vice chair, chair and physician lead for the Kootenay-Boundary Division of Family Practice and remains on the board today. He continues to represent the Division on and served as co-chair of the KB Collaborative Services Committee from 2015 – 2018, was the GPSC Interior Health Division Representative from 2016 – 2017, served on the provincial GP for Me committee and was a GPSC Visioning member.
He has a deep interest in rural medicine and the social determinants of health. He played an integral role in the creation of the KB Division’s Poverty Intervention Tool, which helps doctors support patients who are struggling with socio-economic challenges. He also has a strong interest in medical education and was a founding faculty member of UBC’s KB Family Medicine residency program and is a primary preceptor in the program and UBC clinical instructor.
Lee provides full-service family medicine in Nelson, his hometown as well as consulting a half day per week as a GP specialist in diabetes in his role as Medical Director of the Kootenay Lake Hospital Diabetes Education Centre, and maintains active inpatient privileges at KLH where he manages his own inpatients and does doctor of the day shifts.
Doctors of BC
Tracy is a generalist family physician practicing in Burnaby/Coquitlam. She completed her medical degree at McGill University, followed by a rotating internship at St Paul’s Hospital.
Tracy has served as president of the Society of General Practitioners of BC from 2012 – 2013, chair of the Health Data Coalition Clinical Data Stewardship Committee from 2016 - 2018, and board member of the Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice from 2011 – 2014. She currently serves as Physician Lead for the provincial Pathways initiative, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice Research Office at UBC. In 2013 she was honoured with the BC College of Family Physicians Award for Excellence in Family Medicine.
Tracy has a passion for policy and believes that the GPSC has been a shining example of bringing policy into action. She feels strongly that health care initiatives that increase the delivery of Barbara Starfield’s 4 C’s of primary care—Contact accessibility, Coordination, Comprehensiveness, and Continuity—are key to building sustainable health systems and improving population health.
Health Authority Representatives
Dr Peter Barnsdale
Regional Medical Director, Primary Care Integration, Fraser Health Authority
Interim Executive Lead, Primary and Community Care, Northern Health Authority
Executive Director, Primary and Community Care Transformation, Interior Health Authority
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Dr Leah MacDonald
Executive Medical Director, Primary and Seniors Health Care, Vancouver Island Health Authority
Dr Shannon McDonald
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority
Executive Lead: Community and Primary Care, Northern Health Authority
Division of Family Practice Representatives
Dr Catherine Textor, Prince George Division
Vancouver Coastal Heath
Vancouver Island Health
Vice President, Communications, Doctors of BC
Dr Brenda Hefford
Vice President, Physician Affairs and Community Practice, Doctors of BC
Dr Renee Fernandez
Director, Engagement & Quality Improvement, Doctors of BC
GPSC Communications Manager, Communications and Public Affairs, Doctors of BC
Executive Director, Primary Care Division, Ministry of Health
Executive Director - Interim, Primary Care Division, Ministry of Health
Executive Director of Primary Care Access, Primary and Community Care Policy Division, Ministry of Health
Executive Director, Nurse Practitioners and Primary Health Care, Ministry of Health