Get to know Paul Kendal
Q: What is your position at RCCbc?
A: My role is Networks Coordinator, providing support to various network organizations and stakeholders.
Q: What does that mean?
A: We’re helping bring forward the perspectives of everyone with a stake in rural healthcare, including community, health providers, academia, and linked sectors (industry and nonprofits), to support rural healthcare transformation that most benefits the needs of British Columbians.
Q: Describe RCCbc in three words.
A: Collaborative, innovative, people-oriented.
Q: What motivated you to join RCCbc?
A: Being able to use networks to support people who live in rural communities. Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put some rural communities at increased risk, not through malice, but as a side effect of, supposedly, neutral system design. It’s important to try to remove these disparities so we can provide better care for all.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to work with interesting, intelligent, and passionate people from around the province.
Q: What has been one of your proudest moments working at RCCbc?
A: A highlight was working on our BC Rural and First Nations Health and Wellness Summit.
Q: What do you like to do on your days off?
A: Hanging out with my family and looking at birds.
Q: One thing we might be surprised to learn about you?
A: I love many parts of this province, but my favourite is probably White Lake Grasslands Protected Area in Cawston. There’s an arid beauty and stillness, and it’s full of interesting birds for me to gawk at.
Q: What one thing might be surprised to learn about you?
A: I used to think I’d be a professional musician, which I gave up on more than 20 years ago. I still think of that as a core part of my identity even though now I can barely play.
Q: Who would you choose to play yourself in a movie and why?
A: The Jeff Goldblum casting is straightforward (but not exactly pretty, per se).