The Government of British Columbia has appointed Dr. Margaret McGregor, Vi Nguyen and Wendy Au as new board members for Vancouver Coastal Health.
“Vancouver Coastal’s new board members have an impressive range of experience,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “From their work in research to their dedication to community development, we are confident their work on the board will contribute to a strong public health-care system in British Columbia.”
Expertise ranging from social development, health policy and research, and the non-profit world all make the newest members strong additions to the board. “The new members represent a well-rounded social, health and community focus. With these talents, we look forward to them supporting the health of the region,” added Dix.
A health authority board of directors helps ensure that British Columbians receive the best possible care in an efficient, well-managed public health-care system. Boards are responsible for the governance and management of health services in the province. They work with health authority leadership to establish the organization’s overall vision and ensure there is appropriate community consultation. Boards also regularly review the organization's long-term plans, look at significant issues affecting the organization and evaluate results.
Dix thanks previous Vancouver Coastal board members Dr. Kenneth Fung and Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid for their service.
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Dr. Margaret McGregor is a family physician and health policy researcher with a focus on health care for seniors. McGregor is the director of community geriatrics in the University of British Columbia’s department of family practice. She is a research associate with the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute’s Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, and with the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research.
Vi Nguyen is the director of grants and community initiatives at the Vancouver Foundation. Nguyen has served on the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. She is experienced in the community development and non-profit sector, worked as a youth development worker, and holds a master’s degree from the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria.
Wendy Au is the assistant city manager with the City of Vancouver working on the City of Reconciliation initiative, and Downtown Eastside and Chinatown community projects. Au has worked with the Olympic Inner City Inclusivity Commitments, the Vancouver Agreement and the Shanghai Expo Vancouver Exhibition. She received the 2012 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Non-Profit and Public Service and the Connecting the Community Award. In 2017, Au received the city manager’s City Service Award.