Get to know Dr. Blair Stanley!
Q: Where do you live?
A: Coldstream, British Columbia, on the traditional territory of the Syilx Nation. Before that, I lived in Rossland and worked in Trail for 25 years.
Q: What is your position at RCCBC?
A: I wear a few hats at RCCbc. I’m the Associate Director of the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP). I’m a Co-Director for Faculty Development, Post-Graduate, Family Practice, University of British Columbia (UBC). I’m also part of the Site Lead for Faculty Development for the Okanagan, Rural and Regional Family Practice Residency Program. I’m also an RCCbc Core Member.
Q: What does that mean?
A: That’s a good question. It means that I’m passionate about rural healthcare, education and teaching.
Q: Describe RCCbc in three words.
A: Connection, connection, connection.
Q: What motivated you to join RCCbc?
A: I was involved in RCCbc at the very beginning. I was working with Dr. Carl Whiteside at REAP and was pulled in then as a young physician to help support this new network. I remember attending a meeting at UBC facilitated by Dr. Penny Ballem as we were attempting to define and name what RCCCbc would be. I had no idea, at that time, that RCCbc would grow into the incredible network that it is today.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: 100% the people! I had a period where I fell away from RCCbc when I went through a difficult time in my life and needed to focus on my kids. RCCbc was always there for me when I was ready to re-engage.
Q: What has been one of your proudest moments working at RCCbc?
A: When we had our in-person Core meeting in Vancouver in November. I just realized how much I had missed all these wonderful people. I felt quite emotional to re-connect physically and I felt so proud to belong to this large family. I also felt proud a few weeks ago when we launched the Isolated Medical Provider Aftercare Team initiative. It was amazing to see Dr. Ed Marquis’ idea materialize into something concrete with the wonderful support of the RCCbc team. RCCbc is a special network that listens to people and gathers around them, like a warm blanket, to support our ideas and bring forward innovation.
Q: What one thing might we be surprised to learn about you?
A: I played junior hockey for the Trail Smokeaters. I was a goalie.