This will come as no surprise to his patients and colleagues, but Joshua Greggain is now officially one of the best family physicians in the country.
The well-loved Hope doctor has been noticed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM).
They have honoured Greggain with the Reg. L Perkin Award, among nine others across the country. The awards will be handed out on Nov. 12 in a virtual ceremony.
The recipients are recognized by their family medicine colleagues for providing exceptional care to patients, contributing to the well-being of their communities, and committing themselves as researchers and educators to future generations of family doctors.
“Family practice is the best job in the whole world,” Greggain said. “You have the privilege and opportunity to be there for birth and death, for crisis and chaos, sorrow and joy. You get to save lives, cure disease, and solve crime. There just aren’t many opportunities in life to do those things concurrently.”
The winners of the awards are nominated by their peers, and Greggain’s used the following words to describe him: Passionate advocate. Visionary change leader. Quintessential rural family physician.
Taking inspiration from his father, who was a rural physician in northern Alberta, Greggain was drawn to rural family medicine. After completing his family medicine residency in Chilliwack he relocated to Hope. In 2007 he joined the Hope Medical Centre and the physician staff at Fraser Canyon Hospital.
Witnessing gaps in access to care in Hope and in the remote and Indigenous communities of the Fraser Canyon, Dr. Greggain sought to build a diversified, inclusive community health care system. His engagement with local Indigenous and rural communities—through his work at the Hope Medical Centre and the House of Sexwna7m, an Indigenous-led primary care outreach clinic in Anderson Creek—helped make this happen. His efforts to increase access to health services allowed him to establish strong relationships with the people in these communities.
He received a 2020 Rural Service Award from the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) and his Fellowship of Rural and Remote Medicine of the SRPC in 2021. He was awarded Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2019. He is most proud of the town of Hope being recognized with the 2019 Rural BC Community Award from the Rural Coordination Centre of BC.
A family man at heart, Dr. Greggain, his wife, Jennifer, and their two children enjoy the great outdoors and adventure travel.
He and his family have been privileged to live, work, and play on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Stó:lō and Nlaka’pamux First Nations for the past 18 years. Greggain was humbled to have received an eagle feather and been blanketed by both nations, an honour bestowed on few.
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