2008 - 52nd Annual

Our balloon raffle was a lot of fun. Thanks to all the doctors who participated. Our big Hills Health Ranch spa getaway was won by BC’s Dr. Jonas LaForge. In turn, Hills Health Ranch staffers, Juanita Corbett and Regula Wittmer, won the LCD TV and DVD player.  Generosity truly does have it’s rewards! There were many other prizes awarded of course. Our thanks to Dr. Lisa Connoly for the Keirestell B&B Weekend, won by Dr. Erik Gilbertson of Washington; Drs. Kelly Farnsworth and Mark Percival, Patricia Hutchison and Cheri Percival for the Apex Ski vacation, won by Victoria’s Dr. Jane Rohon O’Halloran; accommodation at the Hilton for the 2009 NW, won by BINM grad Jese Wiens; registration at the 2009 NWNPC, won by Dr. Bruce Milliman of Seattle, a long-time NWNPC supporter; and of course, we had many other contributions, including Ferlow Brothers Botanicals (also on the exhibit floor), Hyatt, Lifespa, and local merchants.

At the Saturday banquet we honoured Dr. Chris Turner of Manitoba for his many years of support and especially his generosity. An 80th birthday card, signed by doctors and staff at NCNM as well as alumnae, was presented to my father Dr. Gerald Farnsworth. Other elders in attendance included Drs. Allan Tyler and Betty Radelet.

I feel the Hyatt provided exceptional opportunities for colleague and supplier interaction. There were some drawbacks in terms of overall space, particularly the size of our breakout room, but as the profession grows, and demands for space increase, we are limited in the venues available to us. The Hyatt is one of three Vancouver hotels that allows us to host a convention on one level in adjacent rooms—a priority for the committee as we plan ahead.

For those of you who attended and haven’t sent in a feedback form, please take the time to do so. Our committee reviews all feedback and uses your suggestions and preferences as a means to develop future conventions.