2006 – British Columbia

Dr Darlene Hammell credits her parents for instilling in her the values that ultimately led to her decision to become a doctor – the power of education and the importance of social justice and a generous spirit.

A Toronto native, Darlene graduated from the University of Toronto in 1973, practicing family medicine in Toronto and Thunder Bay before moving to Victoria in 1980.

A strong advocate of education, Darlene has taught for 30 years in the Family Practice Residency Training Programs at University of Toronto and at UBC, where she is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice. She is a member of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia and is currently Assistant Dean, MD Undergraduate Student Affairs for the UBC Island Medical Program.

Her special interest in dyslipidemias led to the founding of the Victoria Lipid Clinic. She has published articles on menopause and heart disease. Darlene has taken part in international medical aid efforts in Guatemala, for which she received the Margaret Waite Award from the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, and in 2007 plans to travel to Ecuador.

Darlene and her husband Gregory have two sons ages 25 and 27. Kayaking, canoeing and wilderness trips are favourite pursuits.

“The practice of family medicine allows me to transfer my knowledge to others so that they are empowered to make decisions and choices; together we can truly be partners in their health care.”

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