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Doctors Nova Scotia has a new president

Tim Holland was installed as the new Doctors Nova Scotia president during a conference held in Sydney.
Tim Holland was installed as the new Doctors Nova Scotia president during a conference held in Sydney. - Submitted


The new president of Doctors Nova Scotia was installed during the association’s annual conference held Friday and Saturday at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre.

Dr. Tim Holland graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 2011 and completed his family medicine residency in 2013. He then travelled the province, working in multiple locations as part of the rural emergency locum program, before settling down at the Colchester Regional Hospital in Truro.

“There’s an ongoing theme in my involvement with medical leadership and advocacy,” said Holland, in a news release.

“It’s important to me to make sure nobody gets left out of health care.”

Holland also co-founded the Newcomer Health Clinic (formerly the Transitional Health Clinic for Refugees) in Halifax and is practising family medicine part time at the Sipekne’katik Health Centre in Indian Brook.

He’s also been a political advocacy representative for the Dalhousie Medical Students’ Society and member of the political advocacy committee for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students.

Holland said that assuming the presidency with contract negotiations on the horizon means he’s facing a year of challenges and uncertainty.

“While we are all struggling, some of us are struggling more than others. We need to be able to look beyond our personal challenges and frustrations and consider the hardship our colleagues are facing as well.”

The weekend conference also saw Dr. Gary Ernest approved as president-elect for 2018-19. He will become president in June 2019.

Ernest practises family medicine in Liverpool and he graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1980 and is currently a regional representative on the Doctors Nova Scotia board of directors.

His past service with Doctors Nova Scotia includes elected representative on the board, audit committee member and co-chair of the policy and health issues committee.

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