SRPC Partners & Families

Family/Non-Medical Partner Membership is now available

This new membership level will provide full access to the partner and family network we are building, and allow closer connections between members throughout the year. Members may also register for R&R events on their own account. The option to add-on registration to the physician registration package remains.

Future Events

Virtual R&R 2021  April 22-24, 2021

Dear fellow Spouses and Partners,

Greetings from the SRPC Partner Network Planning Group! We hope this email finds you safe and healthy in your corner of Canada.

As you are hopefully aware, the SRPC is holding The 28th Annual Rural & Remote Medicine Course – Take 2. The course will be presented virtually from April 22 – April 24. We are excited to announce that there are several Partner Network sessions planned!

The sessions will be held over Zoom so you do not need to register for the conference.  Closer to the date, the SRPC office will email you the Zoom invites.  We encourage you to join us for any or all of these sessions.  We would also encourage you to invite anyone you think may be interested and forward to them the Zoom invites too.

1. Children's Time with Melinda! – April 22, 23 & 24 at 13:00 ET

Use this  ZOOM LINK for all  3 days

Because I know my kids are ready to show off their mad Zooming skills to their favourite SRPC caregiver!

2. Partner Networking: Meet Rural Medical Spouses – April 22, 23 & 24 at 13:30 ET

Happening in the SRPC Zoom Corridor. Once you've entered the corridor, join the Family/Partner Breakout Room Group

Take this opportunity to connect with spouses of rural physicians living across the country. We'll discuss the unique challenges and rewards of rural medical family lifestyle, share stories, and get to know each other.

3. SRPC Partner Network – Join the Planning Group – Saturday April 24 at 14:30 ET

Happening in the SRPC Zoom Corridor. Once you've entered the corridor, join the Family/Partner Breakout Room Group

We are building a support network for rural medical families. Join us as we plan for the upcoming year and next year's R&R event.

4. Yoga Time with Krissie – April 22 17:00 ET, April 23 9:00 ET & April 24 at 17:00 ET

Free sessions to help ease that aching office-chair back we've all got going on (aside from you lucky people with standing desks!)

Thursday: Apr 22, 2021 05:00 PM EST  -  YOGA (Zoom Link)
Meeting ID: 810 8809 8503

Meeting ID: 810 8809 8503

Passcode: 832413

Friday:  Apr 23, 2021 9:00 AM (EST)  -- YOGA (Zoom Link)

Meeting ID: 813 7996 0240

Passcode: 083556

Saturday: Apr 24, 2021 05:00 PM (EST)  - YOGA (Zoom Link)

Meeting ID: 816 4051 7593

Passcode: 966756

You can also have a look at the At a Glance Agenda, for links to the socials and the awards evening if you want to tune in.

We hope that you will join us for all or some of these sessions. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch. If you are interested in joining the Planning Group but cannot attend Saturday's session, we would love to hear from you.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Coordinators, SRPC Partner & Family Group

Patti Kemp, Thorndale, ON
Laura Soles, Clearwater, BC
Fraser Turner, Shediac Bridge, NB
Stephanie Welton, Yarmouth, NS
Viola Enns Woelk, Winkler, MB

Past Events

Partner & Family Network: 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.

Sign up

Family/Non Medical Partner Membership is available at $20.

Members will receive a corresponding $20 discount on R&R registration.

Members will have their own unique access to the SRPC website, which will allow you to register on your own for R&R events, and connect with other partners throughout the year, securely, online.

Coming Soon! More features will be added so that individuals can connect more personally through this website if they choose. These features will be available to members only and will require login.

Share information!

Email to add your name to our 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 future R&R events, and let us know how you'd like to stay connected and be supported year-round!

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 Lesp√©rance 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 family physician husband Andrew and their daughter. 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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Patti, Laura, Fraser, Stephanie, Viola

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