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.

2021 Election results

Drs. Cumming and Veerassamy have been elected as the representatives for the Halifax Metro seats on the Council:

Candidate On-line votes % of votes
Muna Chowdhury 18 13%
Andrew Cumming 24 18%
Kristian Lobban 21 15%
Sarah Rushworth 20 15%
Shalini Veerassamy 42 31%
Jessica Wentzel 12 9%

* 74 physicians cast votes and were able to vote for two candidates.

Seats filled by acclamation

The following seats were filled through the nomination process:

  • Osemekhian Eriakha, Pictou County
  • Jennifer Gillis, Annapolis/Kings counties
  • Stephen McCarthy, Colchester/Hants counties
  • Jennifer O'Connell, Halifax Rural
  • Yousaf Sulemankhil, Cumberland County


The following seats remain vacant, if you are interested in serving on the council contact Sonia Abi Ajab:

  • Antigonish/Guysborough counties
  • Inverness/Victoria/Cape Breton and Richmond counties


All seats are for a two year 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. During the pandemic, the Council has met virtually.

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; admin team lead; board and committee support; section inquiries; admin support
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4900

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