Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice


On October 19th, 2021, the Rural and Remote Division of Family practice hosted a virtual Rural PCN Forum for their members, staff, members and staff from other Divisions, partners including First Nations, health authorities, General Practice Services Committee (FPSC) and the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC). More than 132 people from rural communities across British Columbia logged into Zoom to share ideas, successes and challenges and leverage the hive mind of rural physicians and Divisions.

To view the 2021 Rural PCN Summary Report, click here.

Session recordings are also now available here.

Thank you to all those who presented and attended.

Topics Presenter(s)

Opening Song

Opening Remarks and Welcome

Panel Discussion: Physicians from 1st, 2nd and 3rd wave communities offer their thoughts on a series of questions. 

Darryl-Jean Peeman, Syilx Nation

Dr. Tracey Thorne & Leanne Morgan

Dr. Tracey Thorne (panel TBC)

Break Out Block One  
Topic: A - Integrating CYMHSU into community PCN planning 

Dr. Rob Lehman, Sunshine Coast Division of Family Practice

Dr. Chantal Guillemette, Family Practitioner from Kaslo

Topic: B – An Introduction to PCN 

Joanna Richards, Senior Manager Primary Care Transformation FPSC

Topic: C – Building CHANGE BC Cornerstones in PCNs 

Dr. Greg Linton, Dr. Onuora Odoh, Dr. Jocelyn Black, Dr. Robert Boushel, Director School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia, and Dr. Brenda Huff, along with Laurie Flood, Chair of Metabolic Syndrome Canada, Colleen Enns, Executive Director Pacific Northwest Division of Family Practice and Charlene Webb, Health Director, Kitsumkalum, Tsimshian Nation

Break Out Block Two  
Topic: A – Early Draw Success Stories 

Dr. Maciej Mierzewski, Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice Gabriola Island Chapter

Topic: B – Engaging First Nation communities in PCN planning 

Evelyn Clark, Executive Director Central Island Division of Family Practice and Tina Biello, Project Manager

Topic: C – Supporting Rural PCNs with Local Evaluation 

Katherine Coatta and Stephen Reichert of Reichert and Associates
Break Out Block Three  
Topic: A – First Nations-led Primary Care Initiative (FNPCI) 

Tatiana Ticona, Regional Primary Care Manager, Vancouver Coastal Region FNHA and Fiona MacLeod, Clinical Project Manager, Primary Care FNHA

Topic: B – Community Engagement as the Foundation of PCN Development: the Organic Emergence of a Primary Care Network on Gabriola Island 

Dyan Dunsmoor-Farley

Topic: C – Virtual Care and PCN

Dr. Joshua Greggain

Closing and Next Steps  Dr. Tracey Thorne and Leanne Morgan
Exhibitors Hall 

Health Data Coalition
Cathy McGuinness
Division Engagement and Learning Programs Manager

Alisa Harrison, PhD
Interim Senior Manager, Rural CPD

United Way BC
Bobbi Symes, MA, CPA 
Associate Director, Population Health

Ester Moreno
Capacity Building Specialist, Population Health