Meet the Team
Gene Patterson, Director of Operations
Gene (BScOT, UofA) is excited to join the team at the Abbotsford Division. He brings 27 years of healthcare experience ranging from clinical, entrepreneur, and managerial roles across private and public sectors involving project and change management, quality improvement and program planning. Having a passion for innovative and technology inspired solutions, he looks to challenge the status quo through collaboration and teamwork in facilitating meaningful change and improvement.
When not at the office, Gene enjoys country life, the outdoors, working in his shop on various hobby interest projects and travelling. Gene lives in Mission with his wife of 28 years and their two children, when they are home from university!
Meghann Hernandez, Outreach & Communications Manager
With a post-secondary background in Cultural Anthropology and an Associate Certificate in Indigenous Maps, Films, Rights, and Land Claims, Meghann is passionate about connection and loves learning from, about and alongside others. Her work at the Abbotsford Division allows her to seek connection and partnership with Abbotsford's many organizations and residents while ensuring clear, necessary health care messaging makes its way into the community. Passionate about equity and inclusivity, she is grateful for the opportunity to support primary care specialists in their drive for bringing optimal care to everyone in Abbotsford.
Meghann lives in Abbotsford with her partner, Alvaro, and four socially aware, fiercely independent and wonderfully weird humans who she is proud to have call her Mom. She enjoys great people, good conversation, decent naps, and tolerable food and drink - although life tends to mix up those adjectives just enough to keep things interesting.
Kylie Kruger, Office Administrator
Kylie is an administrative and customer service professional with over 12 years of experience in the concert and events industry with an emphasis on client experience, onboarding, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Kylie is excited to join the team at Abbotsford Division of Family Practice after working most recently with Canucks Sports & Entertainment. Enthusiastic and personable, her passion is to contribute, support, and make a difference.
Outside the office, Kylie loves to travel, bake, and spend time with her family and friends. She is an avid dog lover and can often be found playing with the family dog, Chanel.
Jasmine Sekhon, Practice Support Manager
Jasmine joins the Division team as the Practice Support Manager. She brings strong experience in program and community resources development within the non-profit sector for social services. Bringing a quality- and process-driven mindset, Jasmine is excited to have the opportunity to support and strengthen the patient medical homes of Division membership in this new role.
Jasmine also leads the work for the Division’s Long-Term Care Initiative, Shared Care projects and internal communications. Outside of work, Jasmine enjoys spending time with her family and dog, and exploring local hikes.
Cindy Walker, Member Services & Events Manager
Cindy is a community-driven professional excelling in customer service, networking, and event planning. She has held highly accountable development roles within the health and social services non-profit sector, including JDRF Canada and the Alberta Diabetes Foundation.
Cindy has recently moved back to her hometown of Abbotsford after working and living throughout the lower mainland and Alberta over the two decades. Finding it great to be home again among friends and family, she is eager to rediscover all the best life on the West Coast has to offer. A true thalassophile, Cindy is happiest with sand beneath her feet and the ocean in front of her. If she can't be at the sea, spa visits and shopping are chosen relaxation therapies, along with walking - lots of walking. lifelong volunteer, Cindy is already jumping in feet first with the Abbotsford Canucks and looks forward to finding more fun and challenging opportunities to establish new roots and give back to our community.
Shahbaz Ahmed, CPA, Financial Consultant
Responsible for the accounting and bookkeeping of the Abbotsford Division, Shahbaz is a Chartered Professional Accountant from BC and holds an Executive MBA, Chartered Secretary and Chartered Manager from international institutions as well. He has more than 30 years of experience in accounting, finance and exclusively 15 years in the not-for-profit sector.
His diversified nature of experience in different industries and countries empower him to make decisions based on research and solid grounds, and of course he loves numbers. In his spare time he spends time with his family travelling and empowering people with knowledge he has and learning from them.