I was born in Vancouver, but spent my childhood in Quebec City and California. I did my BA in Zoology at UC Berkeley, returning to Vancouver to complete a MSc in Genetics and then my MD at UBC. I interned at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton and came to Golden BC to do a 3 month locum. That was 31 years ago, and I am still here. I practice with a group of 13 physicians and do office practice, hospital inpatients, obstetrics, ER, and oncology and palliative care. I am married and we have 3 adult children. My husband has a background in Forestry and now is the owner operator of the Double Black Cafe at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. My favourite hobbies are reading and gardening. I also enjoy photography, hiking, biking, running, and cross-country skiing.
Like all of you I have been challenged to manage a medical career and a busy family. I have spent countless hours recruiting more doctors to my community so all of us can actually have time to nurture our families and pursue our hobbies. We are building a practice here that will be good for the community and good for us. Medicine is changing and there are issues with colleagues, health authorities and government that can potentially have a significant impact on our professional lives. We need strong leadership to meet these challenges, and I hope to be part of the process.
We are privileged to be part of an amazing profession. Being involved in Doctors of BC is one way to contribute to the future of medicine in this province. I thank you for all the support during my term as President. The issues facing the profession are important and we all must continue to work together to accomplish change.
Trina Larsen Soles