Family Doctors Council Election

Family Doctors Council Election

The Section of Family Doctors Council Council advocates for the business and interests of family doctors. An election is held annually to fill vacant seats on the council.

2020 Election results

The results of the Section of Family Doctors Council election are in.

Dr. Michel Chiasson was appointed by acclamation to the Inverness, Victoria, Cape Breton and Richmond counties seat. Dr. Kristian Lobban was appointed to Halifax County metro and Dr. Nina Lucas to Lunenburg and Queens counties. Dr. Robyn Pierce won the election for the Shelburne/Yarmouth/Digby counties seat (see below). Dr. Leslie Ribeiro will stay on for an additional year in Annapolis/Kings counties, as will Dr. Ajantha Jayabarathan in Halifax County metro.

Dr. Katherine Quackenbush is now chair-elect of the council.

Digby/Yarmouth/Shelburne counties


Online votes (43 possible)

Dr. Robyn Pierce 9 56%
Dr. Abir Hussein 4 25%
Dr. Maddy Arkle 3 19%


The following seat remains vacant, members interested in serving in these seats should contact Sonia Abi Ajab (see information below):

•    Antigonish/Guysborough counties

To fill the vacancy, the council can appoint a family doctor from that county or can re-appoint an incumbent who is eligible for a second term. 

Honoraria and travel

Council members receive a $500 honorarium for each meeting and are reimbursed for travel expenses. Physicians have the option to connect to meetings via video-conference. The Council meets about four times a year, usually on Saturday mornings. 

About the Council

The Section of Family Doctors Council advocates for the business and interests of primary care physicians. The council's work involves developing strategies for dealing with key issues that affect the role, responsibilities, and capabilities of primary care physicians.

Influencing change

The council acts as a sounding board for health transformation, often hearing about new initiatives in the earliest stages of their development. The Department of Health and Wellness, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the Policy and Health Issues Committee and other health-care partners often solicit feedback from this group on behalf of family physicians across the province.


Sonia Abi Ajab
Executive assistant to the President and CEO; team lead, admin support
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4900

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