Victoria Division of Family Practice

Board of Directors 2020-21: Consider joining us!

The Division is now accepting applications for the 2020 Directors Election. If you are a member and interested in joining the next Board, please complete and submit the Nomination Papers - Directors Election 2020 as well as a Candidate’s Statement to victoria@divisionsbc.ca by 5pm on Friday, September 18, 2020. More information can be found here.


Board of Directors Election 2019 – Update

At the close of the declared nominations period for the 2019 election, there was one nomination put forward. Therefore, Dr. Dara Behroozi is elected by acclamation. For the two resident spots, Dr. Elisabeth Pharo moves into the R2 director role and we welcome Dr. Irfan Rajani to the R1 position.

At the November 5th AGM, the 2019-20 Victoria Division Board of Directors were confirmed as: 

  • Dr. Dara Behroozi
  • Dr. Geoff Inman
  • Mr. Peter Lockie
  • Dr. Katharine McKeen - co-chair
  • Dr. Elisabeth Pharo – Family Practice Resident Year 2
  • Dr. Irfan Rajani – Family Practice Resident Year 1
  • Dr. Tim Troughton - co-chair
  • Dr. Caroline van Es

The Victoria Division thanks our 2018-19 board of directors for their dedication, vision and service.

New photo coming soon!


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Meet the 2019/20 Board:

Dr. Dara Behroozi

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I didn't think I was going to get involved in medical organizations and medical politics again in my 50s. However, I have realized that it is on a local level that we are most likely to get things done to make life a bit easier for FPs and GPs, and so agreed to join the Division Board of Directors until a younger doctor, with more skin in the game kicks me out, which hopefully will be soon. The Division is a good local advocacy platform and the Government seems to be devolving some power and responsibility to them, by fits and starts.

If you are interested to find out how much of my life I have (mis)spent on medical committees of one type or another here is my abridged CV
https://sites.google.com/site/behroozicv100/home

Dr. Geoff Inman

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Dr. Inman has been a practicing physician since 1996, working first in Manitoba and then transitioning to full-service family practice in Victoria in 1998. In addition to his full-time clinical practice, Dr. Inman has served his community in leadership roles with the Victoria Medical Staff (Secretary-Treasurer, 2003-04; Vice President, 2005-05; President, 2005-07), Victoria Medical Society (President, 2007-09; Past President, 2009-10), and Society of General Practitioners (District 1 Delegate, 2013-present). Dr. Inman has been active with a variety of VDFP initiatives, including participation in work related to Transitions in Care and Health IT.

Dr. Katharine McKeen

(co-chair)

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Very soon after joining the Victoria Division of Family Practice, Dr McKeen realized its incredible potential to be a catalyst for improving the lives of physicians and patients. Upon recognizing that it creates meaningful opportunities for each physician in the community to contribute to changes in the health care system, she began to more deeply understand the importance and impact of the initiative. 

Dr McKeen graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1992 and completed her Family Practice Residency in Victoria in 1994. She is passionate about many aspects of medicine and well-suited to family practice. 

Dr McKeen has also formed some special interests in musculoskeletal medicine (CASM Diploma in Sport Medicine), geriatrics, access to care, teaching, and team-building. She worked with the Canadian Forces for 13 years so has experience in occupational medicine, hyperbaric/diving, and aviation medicine. She is also attending the GPSC-sponsored Leadership and Management Development Program for physicians to learn skills to accomplish Division goals.

Dr McKeen currently divides her life between Veterans Affairs Canada, Tillicum Medical Clinic, her husband David, their two children, three stepchildren, and German shepherd. She is learning French and now attends a lot of meetings!

Dr McKeen felt humbled by the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors of the Victoria Division and thanked the membership for their trust in her.

Peter Lockie

(Treasurer)

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Peter Lockie holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Edinburgh and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.  He is currently President of Inverleith Consulting Inc., which provides a range of management consulting services.  

Previously Peter worked at Camosun College for fifteen years, most recently as Interim President and prior to that as Vice President, Administration and Chief Financial Officer.  He is currently Secretary/Treasurer of Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility, an international operator of a remotely operated submersible vehicle and 94 Forward, which manages the legacy funds of the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games. 

He is personally committed to community involvement and has been Board Chair, Treasurer and a Director of the United Way of Greater Victoria, the Victoria Cool Aid Society and the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence.

Dr. Elisabeth Pharo

(R1)

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Liz Pharo is in her second year of the Victoria Family Practice Residency Program. She grew up in North Vancouver and moved to Victoria to complete both her undergraduate degree and medical school. She feels lucky to continue pursuing a career in Family Medicine in this beautiful city where she can cycle to work all year round. Liz looks forward to working with the Divisions and our medical community to advocate for Family Medicine in Victoria.

Dr. Irfan Rajani

(R1)

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I am a first-year family practice resident and excited about joining the Victoria Divisions Board of Directors. I am passionate about health promotion, advocacy, and leadership. In particular, I am interested in promoting physician wellness and combating health misinformation by addressing widespread compassion fatigue and empowering our fellow colleagues. I also have a strong interest in mental health and addictions, geriatrics, and improving transitions in care between specialists and primary care. I believe my experience working as a community pharmacist and working with organizations like the Canadian Liver Foundation, Heart & Stroke Foundation, UBC College of Health Disciplines, and the Bad Science Watch have given me a unique and valuable perspective on our primary care needs. I have been involved in building an outreach program for high school students, organizing one of the first health forums on liver health in Vancouver, and studying whether natural health products are marketed in accordance with Health Canada regulation. As a resident I think this is also a valuable way for me to grow and learn from my more experienced colleagues while building upon my leadership and advocacy skills to effect positive health change within our community.

Having grown up in the Lower Mainland, I am excited to be back in my home province and welcome the opportunity to give back our community.

Dr. Tim Troughton

(co-chair)

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Dr. Troughton began practicing in Canada in 2004, after more than a decade of practice in the UK. He worked in rural BC as a full-service FP in Creston for 11 years, where he served as president of the Creston Valley Medical Society. Dr. Troughton takes a holistic view of health care. He has a strong interest in recruiting, training, and supporting family physicians, and in caring for elderly patients and those with chronic diseases. As a board member, he hopes to make a useful contribution towards the health and wellness of the city of Victoria.

Dr. Caroline van Es

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The Victoria Division of Family Practice is pleased to announce that Dr Caroline van Es has been appointed to the Board. Dr van Es has been practicing since 1985 in full service family practice, urgent care clinics, surgical assistance, and as a locum tenens. She has two decades of experience serving on boards in the community and is looking forward to advocating for local primary care on behalf of both physicians and the community. Please join us in welcoming Dr van Es!

The appointment is happening after two Board vacancies were left unfilled at the November AGM and will be subject to a member vote at the next one. To reach our goal of having a Board that represents our membership, the Board decided to approach some additional members who had been actively engaged with the Division and might be interested in joining the Board or one of its Committees. This process is ongoing and the Division always wants to hear from members who are interested in taking on a leadership role.