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.


Nominations closed on Oct. 8 for six vacancies on the Section of Family Doctors Council. Dr. Michel Chiasson won the Inverness/Victoria/Cape Breton and Richmond counties seat by acclamation.


Three candidates are vying for the Digby/Shelburne/Yarmouth counties seat. The slate of candidates is:

  • Dr. Maddy Arkle
  • Dr. Abir Hussein
  • Dr. Robyn Pierce

Learn more about the candidates by reading their profiles.


Voting runs from Monday, Oct. 19, to Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Voting eligibility

Members of the Section of Family Doctors may only nominate and vote for physicians from within their own geographic area. All positions are for two-year terms.


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

•    Halifax metro
•    Annapolis/Kings counties
•    Antigonish/Guysborough counties
•    Lunenburg/Queens counties

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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