Letter to the editor: Thank you to the Sun Peaks Family Practice

Sun Peaks Family Practice is just over one now. It was about a year and a half ago I was emailed by the municipality and asked if I would be willing to help with getting all their computer system together. A few days later I met with Laura Bantock who was to be the clinic’s executive director. I was definitely on board with their goals and was flattered to accept to help them out.

At that point they did not have a Doctor, or a MOA, let alone any furniture or equipment yet, just an empty building and a big vision. I did have one request—I wanted to be a patient. I looked at this as opportunity to face the music. At that time, I was pretty secretive about how I was feeling but it was pretty clear that things were just getting worse. I have never been one to see a doctor on any kind of regular basis so for me to ask this is probably bigger than most could ever realize.

Let’s skip ahead…the clinic is now open and as requested I had a regular doctor, Dr. Barclay. I got the referral that I needed and eventually got my diagnosis.

Now, this is me saying thank you to every single person involved in making Sun Peaks Family Practice even possible. There is no way I could list you all, I am pretty sure you all know who you are. Know that you all should be proud of what you have done. I am not really sure where I would be right now if the vision never came to be. I’d probably be still dealing with walk-in clinics or just ignoring what was happening to me. I could go on about my condition but that’s not really the point of writing this. I just want to acknowledge the entire team at the family practice and let you all know that the Sun Peaks community is extremely fortunate to have such a place.

-Darrin Rein, Kamloops B.C.

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