the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada


SRPC Partners & Families

This network was started in 2018 by Fraser Turner, Laura Soles, Patti Kemp and Stephanie Welton. We all live in different parts of Canada and our partners are rural family physicians. We met through the Rural and Remote events put on by the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada. Gathering with other partners and families of rural physicians at R&R has been valuable to all of us. We benefit so much from the support, friendship, and things we learn from each other. We want this to be able to continue year round, and make sure others can access the same supportive community.

We want to create a community open to all partners and families of rural physicians in Canada!

At R&R in 2018 and 2019, a working group has met to discuss what types of resources and supports to put in place, as well as how to access these resources, share information, and stay connected with each other.

At present we are working on staying connected year round, and creating resources to support rural families:

  • This website has a map showing where the individuals making up this network are living.

  • We are creating a directory by which rural physician families can reach out anonymously to learn about other parts of Canada from those living in the region.

  • We will hold webinars or gatherings online to meet, catch up, and discuss a particular topic of interest to the group.

  • We are currently recruiting regional representatives, and working on defining their role, email to join the conversation.

  • A monthly newsletter will begin circulating in the fall with regular updates for network members.

  • We are building the partner and family program for R&R 2020, with more opportunities to connect and socialize, as well as general interest talks, and sessions sharing information specific to rural physician partners.

Join us!

Sign up to receive email updates and/or put yourself on the map. You can also add your name to the directory to anonymously share information on where you live.

Help grow our network!

To join the SRPC Partner & Family planning group or become a regional representative,


Share Ideas!

Share your suggestions for R&R 2020 in Ottawa, and let us know how you'd like to stay connected and be supported year-round!

SPRC Partner & Family Planning Group

Patti Kemp lives in rural Southwestern Ontario. She met her physician husband in London, England and decided to bring him home. Before they made it back to Ontario, he had to write lots of exams, apply for a residency as an International Medical Graduate and complete his rural and remote residency in Northern British Columbia. Patti is a lawyer who is currently a stay-at-home parent. She likes to play piano, make fudge and figure out where to plant trees on their rural property.

Laura Soles  has lived in Clearwater, BC with her rural doc husband, John, since 1989.  She has brought a wealth of understanding and knowledge of the life that is rural medicine to the SRPC.  She has been involved with the Rural and Remote Conferences since 2003, moving from selling SRPC vests and handing out evaluation gifts to being an Onsite Coordinator in conjunction with the SRPC office staff.  She has strong communication skills, demonstrates a genuine interest in people’s lives and stories and brings a personal touch to the “family” that is rural medicine. 

Laura is a voracious reader, and enjoys scuba diving, camping, canoeing, and meeting new people. Laura has been actively pursuing her dream of an SRPC Family Partner network since 2008 and is very happy to be working with the fabulous people that have made this a reality!

Fraser Turner. After a number of years living in the Canadian Arctic, Fraser and his family now live in Shediac Bridge in southeastern New Brunswick.  Fraser is currently teaching physics at Mount Allison University after having been a stay-at-home parent, and became involved with the SRPC after attending the Rural and Remote conference with his wife Dr. Sarah Lespérance and their two children. When he’s not busy shuttling kids to soccer and dance, Fraser enjoys cycling, canoeing, and playing the bagpipes.

Stephanie Welton is living in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia with her husband Andrew and daughter Evelyn. Andrew is a family medicine resident in Yarmouth, graduating in 2020. Stephanie has been involved with the SRPC working at the Rural and Remote conferences since she was in her teens. In Yarmouth she plays the trombone and ultimate frisbee, and is working on supporting primary care research in the Yarmouth medical community.

Members Map

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Use the form below to express your interest in receiving updates, listing your location, or connecting with others.

Share your ideas for the future!

Please share your suggestions with us as we build this network.

We are currently putting together the Partner & Family program for R&R 2020 in Ottawa and welcome input on what types of sessions, events, and resources would be of interest.

Future Events

R&R 2020 Ottawa April 23-25, 2020

R&R 2020 Submissions

R&R 2021 Niagara Falls  April 22-24, 2021

Past Events

Help us build a year-round Rural Family Support Network!

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Laura, Fraser, Patti, Stephanie

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