2020 BC Rural Health Awards recognize three Lifetime Achievement recipients

RCCbc is proud to announce the three recipients of its Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine: Lifetime Achievement. This year, the three rural physicians we are honouring are:  

Dr. Mike Kenyon

Dr. Mike Kenyon is an internal medicine specialist with a strong grounding in emergency medicine who is celebrating his 40th year practicing clinical medicine. He received his medical training at the University of Witwatersrand and began serving as a specialist early in his career in Soweto, Johannesburg. He joined the South African Army Medical Corps and continued providing military medical services when he immigrated to Canada, serving in mobile medical units as well as at the main intensive care unit at Kandahar, Afghanistan. Dr. Kenyon is the current head of ICU at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and also serves two weeks a month at Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace.  He is an accomplished preceptor who dedicates time to training UBC Fellows for rural and community care, as well as general internal medicine. Dr. Kenyon is a member of “Waap Lagaax Gisbutwada” (part of the Tsimshian First Nation) and carries the name, “Halaaytm Lax G’eelm.” He is an avid-fly fisher.  

Dr. Tracy Morton with sons Lief and Sol

Dr. Tracy Morton grew up in small town Alberta, and was surprised to find himself in an even smaller town in rural BC, Queen Charlotte City. Working on Haida Gwaii since 2000, he has found great community and fantastically stimulating remote medicine, working with a great group of committed colleagues and team. He believes that health care in a rural environment can be as good as anywhere in Canada. He models healthy work-home life balance through biking, meditation and yoga, travel, and cultivating healthy relationships. He is married to Kiki and has two boys, Lief and Sol, who teach him humility and wonder every day. He lives on a small island and mostly appreciates the canoe commute to work. 

Dr Bruce Nicolson

Dr. Bruce Nicolson is a UBC graduate who traveled to New Zealand and Australia to train and learn additional surgical and anesthetic enhanced skills before returning to locum for six months in 100 Mile House BC in 1978. Since then, he has practiced continually in the community (with sabbaticals in 1984 and 1993 to engage in more enhanced skills training), providing both office-based services as well as emergency department coverage including emergent care, surgery, anesthesia, and obstetrics. Dr. Nicolson has had occasion to deliver two generations of some families in 100 Mile House! 

Throughout his 41 year medical career Dr. Nicolson has taken a keen interest in improving outcomes for patients and providers alike. He travels regularly to White Feather clinic at the Canim Lake reserve to provide closer-to-home healthcare for this remote population, and advocates aggressively for improved working conditions for rural physicians. Dr. Nicolson was one of the first providers to successfully negotiate a contract for a nurse practitioner within a physician-run, fee-for-service medical clinic. Additionally, he has participated on several local hospital committees, and served multiple terms as Chief of Staff. He is one of the founding members of the Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice, and helped lead the local deployment of “A GP for Me,” an initiative to attach patients without a family physician to a local primary care provider. 

Team-based Rural Maternity Care themed award 

The Terrace Women’s Wellness Group is the recipient of the BC Rural Health Award recognizing Team-based Rural Maternity Care. Click here to read about this amazing team. {LINK TO: Terrace Women’s Wellness Group article] 

The award ceremony for the 2020 BC Rural Health Awards will take place at the 2021 BC Rural Health Conference currently scheduled for May 2021 in Penticton. RCCbc looks forward to honouring these recipients in front of a gathering of their peers and colleagues. 

The BC Rural Health Awards recognizes healthcare providers, interprofessional teams, and rural communities who actively strive to provide excellent healthcare services to their rural BC community. There are three categories of recognition: the Rural BC Community Award, which recognizes healthcare collaborators and providers working together to provide excellent care; a unique themed award – in 2020, this theme is Team-based Rural Maternity Care; and, the Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine: Lifetime Achievement, which recognizes rural physicians who has dedicated his/her/their career to serving one or more rural communities and has significantly impacted and/or influenced rural health provincially, nationally and/or internationally. 

RCCbc thanks everyone who put forth a nomination for the 2020 BC Rural Health Awards. We encourage you to think about who you would like to nominate for recognition in 2021 – new criteria will be posted and Award nomination forms will be available in Fall/Winter 2020.