Longtime doctor leaving town this summer

Dr. Paul Mackey receiving the 2013 Award of Excellence for his contributions to rural family medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. File photo

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Longtime Fort St. John-based physician Dr. Paul Mackey has announced that he will be leaving the practice this September.

In a note to his patients posted to the Fort St. John Medical Clinic’s website, Dr. Mackey writes that he and his family are leaving to volunteer in Africa and Australia for a year at the end of summer, and intend to relocate in southern B.C. when they return.

“It is hard to believe that we arrived in Fort St. John 20 years ago, directly after I completed my Family Practice training,” he wrote in the message. “Over that time, we have raised our children and been warmly accepted in and strongly supported by the community and workplace colleagues.”

Dr. Martin Nobar will be taking over the practice in August, and Dr. Mackey says he’s certain the community will give his successor and his wife the same warm welcome from the community as they arrive.

A Canadian physician, Dr. Nobar did his medical degree in the Caribbean, then completed his residency at St. Paul’s International Medical Graduate Residency Site.

In closing, he wrote that working and living in Fort St. John has been a wonderful experience.

“We will certainly be back to visit,” he said.

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