About the Blog

During his presidency, Dr Matthew Chow will be writing about his experiences and thoughts.

215 indigenous children
June 17, 2021

My 8-year-old enjoys sharing new things she learns at school – from special fish, to algae in the water, to the all of the interesting cultures reflected in the kids at her school. Earlier this month, she came home and shared with us what she’d learned about residential schools. She told us...

Man mentoring young woman
June 3, 2021

I hope that among your most cherished memories are memories of people who took a genuine interest in your well-being and success. In a word, I hope you had at least one solid mentor in your life. Perhaps it was a teacher, a coach, an auntie, a grizzled colleague. You may have sought them out, or...

People receiving COVID19 vaccine at clinic
May 21, 2021

A recent national news article lamented on the lower rate of pay nurses receive who provide covid vaccinations in the vaccine clinics, compared to that of doctors ostensibly doing the same thing. This resulted in some discussion about the fairness of the pay discrepancy, and of the roles of...

Parent holding school child
May 7, 2021

It is often said that children and youth are the future of our society. As a parent, but also as a specialist in child and youth mental health, it makes sense that National Child and Youth Mental Health Day holds special significance to me. I have seen the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on...

Young woman getting COVID-19 vaccine
April 22, 2021

British Columbia is at a turning point in this pandemic. The number of new COVID-19 cases is coming off pandemic highs, but hospitalizations continue to creep up. New enforcement measures are being implemented in response to travel-driven outbreaks. The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been made...