A Farewell to the Outgoing Board of Directors

With our Annual General Meeting coming up on August 26, 2020, it’s almost time to say goodbye to several members of our Board of Directors. We appreciate the skills, ideas, and work they have brought to Resident Doctors of BC and the residents of BC during their time with us. Thank you for all of the work that has been done with us for the betterment of residency in British Columbia.

We would like to say thank you first to Dr. Nicholas Monfries, who served this year as the Immediate Past President. He has been a driving force behind many of RDBC’s initiatives, and we deeply appreciate his involvement throughout the years. We have asked all our outgoing Board members to give some words of farewell to the membership as they reflect on their time with us. Dr. Monfries had this to say:

“Having volunteered with RDBC since my first year, I have had so many great experiences. The highlight of my time was probably when we ratified the new collective agreement during my time as President. That same year, we also built a new strategic plan and restructured our governance model, which was a testament to the hard work of our entire Board and Staff team. Other great memories included traveling across BC to meet with Residents, meeting with government officials at the legislature, and making lasting connections with my fellow Board members.”

Thank you to Dr. Meriem Latrous, who served her second term as a Director of the Board. She has been the chair of this past year’s Health & Wellness Committee, and her work helped immensely with resident wellness, especially during COVID. Dr. Latrous had this to say:

“I had the privilege to volunteer with RDBC since my first year in residency, and serve on the Board of Directors for the last two years. So many great memories come to mind and I met some incredible residents who are passionate about making the residency experience better for all the trainees in BC. I’m most proud of the ratification of our new collective agreement but also of our team’s efforts in organizing wellness initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic, in collaboration with UBC’s medical students.​ I’m looking forward to seeing all the great things the new board members will achieve!”

Thank you to Dr. Patrick McDonald, who served this year as the Director of Operations & Finance. In previous years, he has been a member of the Finance Committee as well as our most recent Negotiations Committee. His participation in Operations & Finance, as well as advocacy on behalf of residents in BC, has been invaluable in bettering residency. Dr. McDonald had this to say:

“I’m most proud of the work that I was able to do as part of the Collective Agreement Negotiations team, particularly in securing reimbursement for CMPA dues. I am also very proud of the advocacy work that this year’s Board of Directors has accomplished during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have done much to expand awareness about the importance of resident doctors in the delivery of healthcare services in this province. I’m very grateful and honored to have had the opportunity to work with the brilliant residents and staff at RDBC. It has been a great pleasure, and a highlight of residency for me, to be a part of this organization.”

Thank you to Dr. Geoff Frost, who served this year as one of the Directors and the continued host of the Pulse Podcast. In previous years, he has been the Director of Communications and led several initiatives, such as the “Ask Me, I’m a Resident” campaign. In addition, he was one of the resident members of the Negotiations Committee. His creativity and drive for communications, as well as his advocacy for residents on the current Collective Agreement, have been immensely helpful and significant. Dr. Frost had this to say:

“I never realized what I was signing up for when I agreed to serve as the RDBC Communications Director back in R2. I’m in R5 now and wow… it’s been a ride. I was thrilled with the opportunity to engage my fellow residents through the Pulse Podcast. I loved digging into issues I never thought about, like pregnancy in Residency. That led to renegotiating our collective agreement in R3. R4 rolled around and we just kept plugging along. I actually think our latest, super top secret as of today, initiative will end up being the coolest of the bunch when the dust settles. Stay tuned for some big news in June 2021!”

Thank you to Dr. Chantal McFetridge, who served this year as one of the Directors. She has worked to bring residents’ voices to the attention of the Ministry, and has served as an advocate and a leader to the membership during the duration of her term. Dr. McFetridge had this to say:

“I have been so proud to represent BC’s Resident voices over the last 2 years as an RDBC Board Member. The highlights were providing leadership through negotiations of a new Collective Agreement and building relationships with the Ministry of Health to ensure resident physicians have a place at the table in healthcare conversations in our province!”

Thank you once again to the Directors leaving us this year. We look forward to seeing all that you will accomplish in your residency and beyond.

author: Sasha Zalyvadna