November Cedar Award: Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI) Committee Co-Chairs

The November Cedar Award recognizes the JEDI Committee co-chairs for their dedication to promoting a culture of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion within the UBC Department of Family Practice. The JEDI Committee provides guidance to the department regarding structure to change the culture of the department based on the foundation of anti-racism, de-colonization and intersectionality, as well as efforts to establish a system of accountability.

This month, the Awards Committee nominated Dr. and Elder Roberta Price, Dr. Talveen Gill and Dr. Linda Reid–for the Cedar Award.

Dr. and Elder Roberta Price

Dr. and Elder Roberta was the recipient of the inaugural Cedar Award. You can read more about her and her important work here.

For over 30 years, Dr. and Elder Roberta Price has actively shared her leadership, wisdom and teachings at UBC and throughout the Lower Mainland to assist both Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members to achieve improved outcomes in health care. She has graciously and tirelessly shared her gifts and her knowledge with our department. These not only include her wonderful work with JEDI, but also her outstanding leadership in the UBC FP Residency Program as Indigenous Program Co-Director and as Lead for the Anti-Racism Support Group.

Dr. Linda Reid

Linda Reid (she/her) is of Mixed European and Metis ancestry and identity. She has been a family physician since 1986 caring for people from diverse cultures and identities on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Lekwungen-speaking people.

Her advocacy within UBC’s family practice residency as Director of Behavioural Medicine and Co-Chair of the Resident Resilience Committee includes promoting learner well-being and providing safe and compassionate person-centred care that is welcoming to all.

Linda is passionate about personal and institutional accountability to the TRC’s Calls to Action and the recommendations from In Plain Sight, the MMIWG’s Report, and the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

She is especially honoured and grateful for the privilege of working alongside Dr. and Elder Roberta and Dr. Talveen Gill as co-chairs of the JEDI Committee.

Dr. Talveen Gill

Talveen Gill (she/her) is a Sikh, Punjabi, settler of colour in her early career as a family physician in Lekwungen Territory. Within the family practice program, she has been vital in creating the Anti-Racism Mentorship Program as well as EDI and anti-oppression curriculum for staff, faculty and learners. 

Clinically, Talveen works with youth seeking care for complex mental health, substance use and gendering affirming care issues. She works closely with local Indigenous communities to decolonize the medical clinic experience. 

“Dr. and Elder Roberta Price, Dr. Linda Reid, and Dr. Talveen Gill have identified priority areas and have begun the hard work of moving us from words to action with respect to anti-racism. Their compassionate and thoughtful leadership is inspiring!”

– Dr. Maria Hubinette, JEDI Committee Member

The Department of Family Practice thanks the JEDI Committee co-leads for their dedication to this essential work.