Section of Family Doctors Council Election

Section of Family Doctors Council Election

The Section of Family Doctors Council advocates for the interests of family doctors.

2023 election results

Dr. Crystal Todd has been elected as the representative for the Annapolis/Kings counties seat.

Candidate On-line votes % of votes
Dr. Crystal Todd 15 54%
Dr. Amy Silver 13 46%

28 of 118 physicians voted (24% response rate)

Seats filled by acclamation

The following seats were filled through the nomination process:

  • Dr. David Faour, Antigonish/Guysborough counties
  • Dr. Colette Sauveur, Cumberland County
  • Drs. Martina De Sousa and Shalini Veerassamy, Halifax Metro (two seats)
  • Dr. Jennifer O'Connell, Halifax Rural
  • Dr. Oseme Eriakha, Pictou County
  • Dr. Norah Mogan, Lunenburg/Queens counties


The Cumberland county seat is currently vacant and will be filled in the Fall election (September/October).


All positions are for two-year terms.

Honoraria and travel

Council members receive a $600 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. During the pandemic, the Council has met virtually.

About the Council

The Section of Family Doctors Council advocates for the interests of family doctors. 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

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