The Doctors of BC honoured several rural practitioners during its Awards Night hosted as part of the organization’s Annual General Meeting on June 3.
Two Doctors of BC Silver Medal of Service Awards were bestowed upon two rural medicine advocates: Dr. Geoff Appleton and Dr. Elizabeth Lund. Appleton – a rural physician in Terrace for over 40 years – has been a long time advocate for rural medicine, and continues to serve even now, after retiring from practice. He is currently the Executive Director for the Pacific Northwest Division of Family Practice. Elizabeth Lund is the Program Coordinator for the innovative Rural Pre-Medicine Program at Selkirk College in Castlegar. Through the tireless efforts of her and her team, Lund has created a unique rural education program that has quickly attracted attention, kudos, and collaborations.
The Dr. David M. Bachop Gold Medal Award honours physicians who contribute extraordinarily to organized medicine and/or community service. Dr. Trina Larsen Soles received a Gold Medal for her many years of service to both rural medicine – through her work with Doctors of BC – as well as her service and efforts for Golden, BC, her community.
Dr. Trina Larsen Soles (center), recipient of the Dr. David M. Bachop Gold Medal for Distinguished Medical Service, is the current President of the Doctors of BC. She is flanked by Dr. Alan Ruddiman (left), Past-President, Doctors of BC, and Dr. Granger Avery (right), President, Canadian Medical Association. Photo: Karen Tregillas, courtesy of Doctors of BC[/caption]
Larsen Soles was also inaugurated as the President of Doctors of BC during the evening AGM dinner. She takes the reins from Dr. Alan Ruddiman who now steps into the Past-President role. Larsen Soles, Ruddiman, and Dr. Granger Avery – current President of the Canadian Medical Association – will continue to inspire and serve as the “rural leadership triumvirate” into 2018.