Dr. Matthew Chow, Doctor of BC's President-Elect, has sent the following message to our members.
Greetings to all my medical colleagues and members of CCMSBC.
Chinese-Canadians have a proud but sometimes clouded history in Canada. Those clouds include discriminatory laws against Chinese immigration, the disenfranchisement of Chinese-Canadians until 1948 (women were allowed to vote before Chinese-Canadians), and aspersions cast upon Chinese-Canadian medical students in Canadian medical schools.
Those clouds are now long past us.
For the first time in the 119 year history of the Doctors of BC, a Chinese-Canadian has been elected to the position of President-Elect.
We can all be proud of this achievement. We honour the hard work and sacrifice of our forebears who made this moment possible.
Let us continue to work together to ensure diversity and inclusion in our medical profession. Let us help groups who have or continue be discriminated against as once we were. Let us advance health awareness and advocate on health concerns together.
Matthew Chow, MD, FRCPC