Simply stated, his nominator says of Dr. Bert Kelly – he is the voice and incarnation of healthcare reform in the north. Dr. Kelly believed that medical professionals trained in the north will practice in the north. Never afraid to voice his opinion, he mobilized community support and because of his persistence and determination, today there is a program training physicians at the University of Northern BC and a program in laboratory technology at the College of New Caledonia. He has been a proponent of the recently announced Cancer Care Centre in Prince George and his annual progress report on northern health care reform is always much anticipated and constructive. Dr. Kelly is truly a community hero.