Annual general meeting - motions

Annual general meeting - motions

Members endorsed three motions at Doctors Nova Scotia's 2023 annual general meeting.


Dr. Gehad Gobran, a Bedford family physician, was endorsed as the association’s President-elect for 2023–24. He is well-respected among his colleagues in the medical community. He meets all the criteria and identifies as BIPOC, which is an underrepresented voice on the Board. He will bring a valuable perspective to the Board and the association’s leadership. Dr. Gobran has previously served on the DNS Board of Directors (2019 –2022) and as the Board representative on the e-Health Committee. He is also Chair of the Long-Term Care Section. Learn more

Bylaw revisions

A motion was approved on changes relating to special meetings in the association’s bylaws. Also, the term “regional representatives” was changed to “Board appointments.” Learn more

Obesity as a chronic disease

The membership endorsed a motion that Doctors Nova Scotia recognize obesity is a chronic medical disease requiring enhanced research, treatment and prevention efforts. A declaration of obesity as a chronic disease by Doctors Nova Scotia will support a unified voice across the country’s medical associations and help change the way Nova Scotia’s medical community cares for the 37% of Nova Scotians living with obesity. Learn more

Implementation of motions

If a motion to change the bylaws is approved at the AGM, the change comes into effect immediately. All other resolutions approved at the AGM will be reviewed by the Board of Directors in the year following the AGM.

It’s the responsibility of the Board to identify implications and determine the association's ability to carry out the resolution. The Board will take the following factors into consideration:

  • Alignment with the strategic plan and direction
  • Financial resources required
  • Staff resources required
  • Best interests of the association
  • Legal implications
  • Alignment with best practices in business and governance


Charmaine Smith
Director, corporate services