Honouring Dr. Mackenzie

Chris Bowers

For the Honouring Dr. Mac Committee

Wednesday, March 4 2020

From Kitimat to Gabriola, and for more than 40 years, Dr. Jim Mackenzie has contributed to the health and well-being of British Columbians. 

Now, with his retirement, Gabriolans have a chance to honour that long service with a finger food potluck at the Community Hall. The event will take place from 2 to 4 on March 7.   

Moving to Kitimat in 1975 at the age of 27 Dr. Mackenzie joined six other GPs, in serving a population of 14,000. 

While in Kitimat he delivered about 8oo babies, was on call for ICU and emergencies, was a dedicated Chief of Staff for the medical community for many years, and was instrumental in establishing a successful campaign to assure Kitimat maintained its hospital. 

On leaving Northern BC to be nearer to grown children, Dr. Mackenzie spent six years in semi-permanent locum positions in Victoria and Duncan, working full-time as a GP and doing hospital coverage in the Ingram clinic.

On Gabriola, Dr. Mackenzie initially shared his practice with Dr. Geoffrey Harding, from whom he took over in 2008. 

He thoroughly enjoyed having students, both of medicine and of the nurse practitioner program under his tutelage, and mentored many of them during their practicum experience.

Illness forced Dr. Mackenzie into retirement, but former patients will have the chance to honour this dedicated doctor on March 7.

An account at Gabriola’s credit union has also been established to raise funds towards building a commemorative bench. Those who wish to help may do so by donating to the “Mackenzie Family Trust”. There will also be a donation jar at the event.

RSVPs to Woodhenge@shaw.ca would be appreciated but a last minute decision to attend is okay too.