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Central Island News and Events
Find the latest news from the Central Island Division and complementary organizations in this issue of News and Events.


  1. Nominations and Election Report
  2. Port Alberni Primary Care Network
  3. No Cheque Policy
  4. CST Go-live will result in changes to electronic reports distribution from Forensic Psychiatric Hospital on Saturday, October 14th, 2023
  5. Primary Care Memory Clinic
  6. BCAMN Now Accepting Mentee and Mentor Applications!
  7. Oceanside Hospice Society
  8. Divisions Dispatch
  9. Divisions in the News

Nominations and Election Report

The Annual General Meeting of Central Island Division took place on September 20.  The formal Annual Report (please click here) was delivered and the auditors of Chan Nowosad and Boates reported the official audited financials for the fiscal year 2022 (please click here). New bylaws for the Division were also supported by the membership at this meeting. For a copy of the new Bylaws please contact Jill Skuse.

Here is the report from the Nominations/Elections committee:

At the start of the nomination period there were two Board of Director positions available. You will each have received a call for nominations to the Board. Nominations for Board positions opened on August 11, 2023. Nomination submissions deadline was August 25, 2023. Three members were nominated during that period, which then indicated there was need for an election. The election period took place from September 1 – 14. 35 ballots were cast, and Gina Bell and Arno Kitshoff were successful and will be joining the board for a two-year period.

Therefore, the Board of Directors for the 2023/4 year are….

  • Dr. Gina Bell
  • Dr. Arno Kitshoff
  • Dr. Mark Morris
  • Dr. Kristine Woodley
  • Del Kristalovich
  • Dr. Jim Dimmick
  • David James

I would like to make a loud shout out to the talented, dedicated employees at Central island for working hard to make 2022/23 a success. They are:

  • Tina Biello, Project Manager
  • Jennifer Taylor, Operations and Recruitment Coordinator
  • Jill Skuse, Division Coordinator
  • Kristie Lamirande, Oceanside PCN Manager
  • Silvina Lanusse, Oceanside PCN Administrative Assistant
  • Sharon Todd, Port Alberni PCN Manager
  • Amanda Salvage, Port Alberni PCN Administrative Assistant.

Evelyn Clark
Executive Director

Port Alberni Primary Care Network

The Port Alberni Primary Care Network will be welcoming our 3rd RN in practice in October, with this resource allocated to be shared between Drs. Arno Kitshoff and Dr. Freddie Meyer.

The PCN Team is currently working on preparing the pharmacist in practice program, so watch out for expressions of interest coming in October if you could use a pharmacist in your family practice clinic!

The Community Health Centre team has met and are starting to scout locations to house the new health centre. We also hope to welcome a new Métis Health Advocate before the end of 2023.

No Cheque Policy

Due to the inefficiency of distributing cheques and the potential risk for loss and destruction, Central Island Division of Family Practice will be switching to a "no cheque" policy starting December 31, 2023.

All members and partners who claim sessionals and reimbursements will be paid by direct deposit starting on that date. The vast majority of people are already registered for direct deposit, and you are required to do nothing. But if you are one of those people who are still accepting cheques, please be aware that this practice will cease. If you would like to sign up for direct deposit, please contact Jill Skuse - Division Coordinator to assist you with this. Jill can be reached at or 250-937-9079. Thanks for your assistance in making this transition.

Evelyn Clark
Executive Director

CST Go-live will result in changes to electronic reports distribution from Forensic Psychiatric Hospital on Saturday, October 14th, 2023

Health care providers will notice that Clinical Documents from Forensic Psychiatric Hospital will now be delivered via Excelleris

  • The format in which you receive reports will depend on the preferred method of delivery that you have registered with Excelleris.
  • Reports from CST Cerner will be distributed to physicians by Excelleris via EMR, Launchpad, or fax.
  • Reports from CST Cerner will be distributed to a single location per physician.

Where do my reports go if I practice at multiple locations?

  • Reports from the new clinical information system will be distributed to one location per physician. Please contact Excelleris at to ensure that your primary location and preferred method of delivery is up to date.

These changes are part of the Clinical and Systems Transformation (CST) and Electronic Results Distribution projects. Please visit the CST website here for more information.
For help with distribution, please contact the department indicated on the report. For support with Excelleris registration, or to set up your report delivery preference, please

For help with distribution, please contact the department indicated on the report. For support with Excelleris registration, or to set up your report delivery preference, please contact Excelleris Support via email at or by phone at 1-866-728-4777

Primary Care Memory Clinic

Seeking Physicians to Join the Team!

Based on Dr. Linda Lee’s nationally recognized MINT (multispecialty, interprofessional team) memory clinic model, GP’s receive advance training in cognitive care to work in support of individuals experiencing memory issues. Focused clinic days enable diagnosis and care planning for the person with early cognitive decline and supports for their care partners. Formalized linkages with the specialist provide an additional tier of support.

Please click here for additional information.

BCAMN Now Accepting Mentee and Mentor Applications!

Looking for ways to better support patients living with complex pain, mental health and substance use? Are you burning out and would appreciate experts to mentor you and colleagues to inspire you? Or, are you an expert clinician wanting to help build this outstanding interdisciplinary community and mentor other practitioners?

APPLY TO BECOME A MENTEE or APPLY TO BECOME A MENTOR in the BC Adaptive Mentorship Network (BCAMN) for Pain, Mental Health & Substance Use. Learn more at

Deadline for Mentor applications: October 31st.

Oceanside Hospice Society

The Oceanside Hospice Society serves individuals and families experiencing end-of-life, care-giving and bereavement in the area stretching from Deep Bay to Nanoose, and west to Errington and Whiskey Creek
We strive to provide links in the continuum of care by supporting care giving at home, in hospital or the palliative care unit at Trillium and at community care facilities.
Please contact us at 250.752.6227 or visit for further information.

Divisions Dispatch

The latest news from the provincial team and complementary organizations.

Please click here for updates including:

  • LFP Payment Model updates
  • Updated BC Cancer screening report titles
  • Divisions invited to meet with BC Cancer Cervix Screening Program to prepare for transition from cytology to HPV primary screening
  • East Kootenay family doctor develops guide to reducing environmental impact of health care
  • July 19 webinar | Antidepressants and substance use
  • July 20 webinar | Updates on risks and harms of alcohol use
  • Opioid use disorder training for doctors and their clinical teams: LOUD in PC Collaborative

Divisions in the News

Divisions in the News
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