The city’s new pediatrician Monica McKay goes over the plans for her new office and examination space at the Child Development Centre.

The city’s new pediatrician Monica McKay goes over the plans for her new office and examination space at the Child Development Centre.

Williams Lake gets a full-time pediatrician

After more than five years without one Williams Lake has a new full-time pediatrician.

After more than five years without one Williams Lake has a new full-time pediatrician.

Monica McKay and her family moved to Williams Lake from Johannesburg, South Africa at the end of May.

After getting settled she started seeing patients June 11.

Her husband Douglas is a business analyst and they have a daughter, Ivy, who is eight-years-old.

Last year McKay says she and her family visited several places in Canada including Penticton and Nelson in B.C. and Newfoundland before deciding to accept the position in Williams Lake.

“One of our main aims was to go from city living to a small town,” McKay says.

“We wanted out of the rat race and we like the outdoors and outdoor recreation.”

She says the doctors and community here were also very welcoming which sealed their decision to settle in Williams Lake.

She is a private physician who will work with Interior Health and is working out of the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre where she will have a brand new office once current renovation project is completed. Meanwhile she is making due with available space.

“I think she will be fabulous for us,” says Child Development Centre executive director Nancy Gale.

She says McKay arrived in time for her to incorporate some special requests into the design of her office and examination space.

Alison Rualt, administrator for acute care services with Interior Health, was part of the recruiting team which she says included representatives from the health care professions, education, and community leaders who came together to welcome McKay when she visited the lakecity to see about the job here.

“We’re pretty pleased she is here,” Rualt says. “The community really came together to present itself well and the benefits of living in Williams Lake.”

Gale says Williams Lake hasn’t had a full-time pediatrician since Dr. Jan Riegl retired about five years ago. Since then a pediatrician from Prince George has been visiting the community once a month and will continue to do so.

She says Dr. Jeff Piemer from Cariboo Memorial Hospital also visits the CDC to work with children and youth.

Gale says the CDC employs two physiotherapists, three occupational therapists and one speech language pathologist, who have offices and clinic facilities at the CDC’s main centre on Second Avenue.

The CDC is in the middle of a $600,000 renovation project that will see the renovation of existing space to create a new waiting room and reception area, two more offices, and a 6,000 square-foot addition for storage, meeting rooms and offices, bringing the facility to a total of almost 20,000 square feet of resource space.

The CDC has operated continuously in Williams Lake since 1975 providing assessment, treatment, education and assistance to vulnerable children and children with special needs and their families.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Researchers in B.C. say earlier than usual return of bats or dead bats can indicate trouble, such as signs of white-nose syndrome. (Cathy Koot photo)
Public help is essential for monitoring for bat disease

Anyone finding a dead bat is asked to report it to the BC Community Bat Program

Sandi Griffiths is the region’s new district manager of transportation for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
New MOTI district manager takes the wheel in Williams Lake

Sandi Griffiths replaces Todd Hubner who retired recently

Mclean Silverton rides a rail in Boitanio Park - one of seven new features installed by the city this past week. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Snow park in Boitanio open for riding

If any users find that the park requires attention, please contact city hall at 250-392-2311

A snowfall warning has been issued for Williams Lake and Quesnel. (Black Press Media)
Snowfall warning issued for Cariboo region

Between 10 to 15 cm expected

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) co-ordinator Surinderpal Rathor (from left) Judy Gibbons and Rajneesh Khugsal, seen here in 2020, are all ready to help people file their taxes. (Patrick Davies photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake volunteers ready to offer community income tax program

Co-ordinator Surinderpal Rathor said he has already received inquiries

Abbotsford’s Kris Collins turned to TikTok out of boredom when the provincial COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. She now has over 23 million followers on the video app. Photo: Submitted
Internet famous: Abbotsford’s Kris Collins is a TikTok comedy queen

Collins has found surprise stardom alone with a phone

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Doctors and counsellors warn of an increase in panic attacks, anxiety, depression and suicide ideas between ages 10 to 14, in Campbell River. ( Black Press file photo)
Extended pandemic feeding the anxieties of B.C.’s youth

Parents not sure what to do, urged to reach out for help

Most Read