How a system is designed can dramatically affect how well it works. Over the last decade, there have been a number of reviews and proposals for change to the Doctors of BC governance structure; some initiated by the Board, some by individual members.
Governance (structures, systems, and processes) determines how well your voice is heard, how well we respond to your needs, and how we are held accountable to you, our members. Recent proposals have received significant levels of voter participation indicating an appetite for change.
A referendum is now underway, the results of which would enable Doctors of BC to better understand our members and more effectively govern the Association.
Why change is needed
Our current 39-member Board, the largest of all Provincial Medical Associations in Canada, can be slow and inefficient in its decision making, and in its ability to act on decisions. In consultations over the last few years and in our Member Survey, we heard that you want us to be more responsive and proactive on your behalf – to be more relevant in your professional lives. You also said that you want us to better understand your professional needs at the local and community level. This is what our proposed model has been developed to achieve. It will allow the Association to be more nimble and proactive, while at the same time providing broader representation across the profession – no matter your type of practice, whether you’re a family physician or specialist, or whether you’re an urban or rural physician.
The proposed model
Informed by extensive feedback from members and other stakeholders, we are proposing a “dual” model, comprised of:
The goal is to strike a balance between an efficient, nimble governance body (the Board), and a body that will ensure members’ views are fully represented (the RA).
Click on the tabs below for further details. Additional information can be found in the Executive Summary & Table.
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Casting your vote
All eligible members were sent an email from Everyone Counts Canada (ECC) on Tuesday, December 6th inviting you to cast your vote. This email includes a link to the voting site, as well as all necessary login information. The voting window will be open from Tuesday, December 6th until midnight on Wednesday, January 18th.
If you did not receive this email or you have questions regarding the proposed changes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For technical issues such as not receiving the initial email invitation, troubles finding the email invitation, problems accessing the voting site, or problems logging in, please contact ECC directly at email@example.com.
We encourage you to read all of the information presented to you, and to give much consideration to the proposed new governance structure. This is your Association – have your say in helping shape its future.