"The primary care services provided by family physicians is the backbone of our health care system, so much of my professional accomplishment comes from doing whatever I can to support physician success. I feel most proud when a doctor tells me “This has changed my practice.”
“I was born and raised in Calgary. In university, I studied physics, history, literature, political science, and archaeology, but somehow graduated with a Bachelors in English from UBC. My 20s were adventurous years, and a resume from that time would consist of a single line: Poet, scholar, sailor, explorer.
In the early 1990s, I bought a computer that I intended to use throughout graduate school, but I spent so much time fixing and upgrading it that I was able to land a job as a network administrator. I eventually moved to Houston, Texas, where I worked as systems analyst and project manager for a technology consulting company. My work involved lots of travel, and though I enjoyed seeing much of the USA (or at least the inside of many office buildings), I knew it was only a matter of time before I would return “home” to Canada.
I joined Fraser Health IM/IT in 2006. Later, I moved to the primary care portfolio as part of the Practice Support Program (PSP). Our work focuses on supporting family physicians, their professional staff, and Divisions of Family Practice. The primary care services provided by family physicians is the backbone of our health care system, so much of my professional accomplishment comes from doing whatever I can to support physician success. I feel most proud when a doctor tells me: “This has changed my practice.”
When I am not working, I enjoy archery, fishing, sea kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, yoga, astronomy, camping, hiking, and spending time with my wife, two daughters and two dogs. I seem to be perpetually cleaning and organizing my garage, so I guess I would include that as a hobby, too. I also enjoy playing games, but please don’t ask me about the death of my last Dungeons and Dragons character – I am still a little choked up. I recently finished a Masters of Leadership program, so I finally have some time to read some of my ever-expanding collection of history books and graphic novels.”
~ Byron Salahor, Lead, Practice Support Program, Fraser Health