There is a steady hum of activity inside the Cowichan Maternity Clinic in Duncan. Cassandra Felske-Durksen places a gentle hand on the young woman’s shoulder, while monitoring the fetal heart rate displayed on a nearby screen.
As a family physician with a special interest in Indigenous women’s health and obstetrics, Dr. Felske-Durksen has made it her priority to support the maternal care needs of women in the Cowichan Valley, home to the Hul’qumi’num people on Vancouver Island.
Meanwhile, over 700 km away in Quesnel, Dr. Benjamin Matthew adjusts his surgical cap before scrubbing in for the operating room.
About to perform his second laparoscopic abdominal surgery of the week, he’s one of two general surgeons working in the small city in BC’s central interior.
While miles apart – and though their paths have never crossed – Dr. Felske-Durksen and Dr. Matthew share a bond.