Dr. Charles Helm was one of 469 family physicians to receive the Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians of Canada at a Graduation Ceremony in Vancouver on December 9, 2005. 41 of these recipients were from British Columbia. Charles? wife Linda and children Daniel and Carina were honored to be present at the award ceremony.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada is a national medical association which supports family physicians in providing high quality health care to their patients.

The college has a voluntary membership of over 15,000 family physicians across Canada. Each member belongs to one of ten provincial chapters which become involved in local grass roots medical activities on behalf of their patients.

?The goal of promoting high quality health care is achieved by encouraging and supporting high standards of medical education at all levels,? according to the College of Family Physicians, ?and by developing a wide range of programs and services in continuing physician education. NOSTRUM IN STUDIIS ROBUR ? in study lies our strength ? is the motto of the college and is behind all professional affairs undertaken by the college.?

The college plays a key role in maintaining the reputation of excellence of family medicine training at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in all 16 Canadian medical schools. The college evaluates and regularly accredits the family medicine residency training programs.

The fellowship is granted to certificants with the college who have met the annual criteria established by the college regarding continuing education and maintenance of proficiency, over ten successive years. It is in recognition of a commitment to life-long learning.

Charles came to Canada from South Africa in 1986, and moved to Tumbler Ridge in 1992. He wrote the College?s Certification Examination in Family Medicine in 1995, and was awarded the Dr. David Bachop silver medal after achieving the highest mark in British Columbia.