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Team Spotlight

Get to know Dr. Jel Coward

Q: Where do you live?

A: North Vancouver, British Columbia (BC).


Q: What is your position at RCCbc?

A: I’m one of the two directors of The CARE Course. I’m also an RCCbc Core member.


Q: What does that mean?

A: I help design and run The CARE Course education program, a two-day interprofessional emergency care course for rural physicians, nurses and paramedics.


Q: Describe RCCbc in three words. 

A: This needs longer than five minutes.


Q: What motivated you to join RCCbc? 

A: I was invited to join many years ago. I see RCCbc as a vital and vibrant part of rural healthcare in BC.


Q: What do you like most about your job? 

A: The collegiality. The feeling that RCCbc does good work and seeks out where good work needs doing.


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

A: Just being part of the journey of this good work.


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

A: On my days off, I enjoy gardening, building and fixing things, mountain biking, and playing music.


Q: Where is your favourite place in BC?

A: Pemberton, two-hour trek from North Vancouver.


Q: What one thing can you not live without?

A: Human connection and hope.


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

A: I don’t have a bucket list. My dream for my future is to be able to transition to having more time to be involved in community projects—in and out of medicine.


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

A: This may be a surprise to some, but I’m not a big movie fan. I have trouble remembering names of folks I know, let alone movie stars.

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Dr. James Card

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