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Team Spotlight

Get to know Dave

Q: Where do you live? 

A: Lheidli T’enneh territory near the confluence of the Nechako and Fraser Rivers.


Q: What is your position at RCCBC? 

A: I’m a lead rural physician research grant program and member of Core. 


Q: What does that mean?   

A: I chair the committee that assesses the research and global health grant applications and awards the grants twice a year. I meet with the leadership team weekly.


Q: Describe RCCbc in three words.   

A: Holding a culture.


Q: What motivated you to join RCCbc?   

A: I have been involved in rural health care education since I came to Canada in 2003. I got more involved with the RCCbc at the start of the Site Visits project.


Q: What do you like most about your job?   

A: It is a culture of collegiality, mutual respect, relationships, wisdom and walking the talk to make a big difference in improving rural health care.


Q: What has been one of your proudest moments working at / with RCCbc?

A: Being appointed as the Rural Doctors’ UBC Chair in Rural Health and helping with, and seeing into print, some of the RCCbc publications.


Q: What hashtags best describe your personality?

A: #Act now #Ask forgiveness later #😃


Q: What do you like to do on your days off?

A: Hike, Bike, cross country ski, backcountry ski and camp. Anything that involves being on or near mountains.


Q: Where is your favourite place in British Columbia?

A: The Rockies and the Babines.


Q: Pick one song that best describes you and why?

A: The gentle light that wakes me played by Duncan Chisholm, the finest Scottish fiddler, who’s Strathglass Trilogy albums are named after where my highland practice was.


Q: What one thing we might be surprised to learn about you?

A: I was born in Mumbai, went to elementary school in Singapore and high school in Scotland.


Q: What one thing can you not live without?

A: Family.


Q: What is the next item on your bucket list?

A: To return to the Alps for a long distance hut to hut hiking trip taking in some Alpine summits.


Q: Who would you choose to play yourself in a movie and why?

A: Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson). He still makes me laugh.

Other team members

Dr. Dee Taylor

Co-Scientific Director

Erika Pritchard

Senior Project Coordinator

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