Dear Premier Horgan,
On behalf of the Board of the Public Health Association of BC (PHABC), we would like to recognize and thank you for your service. During your five-year term as the province’s 36th Premier, you made significant contributions and impacts transforming the lives of all British Columbians.
Your strength, support and recognition of multiple public health issues made a positive difference to our province’s experiences of COVID-19 and beyond. Even before you were Premier, you were an active advocate for the safety and health of all, and notably supported PHABC’s efforts towards violence prevention in British Columbia.
We applaud your government’s social programs to address poverty, inequality and food insecurity. In particular, we appreciated your support for our outstanding programs: Farm to School BC; the BC Chapter for the Coalition for Health School Food; and Immunize BC, whose Kids Boost Immunity program was a finalist for the Premier’s Award. Your enthusiasm for the people of this province and commitments to sustaining health systems through upstream investments in prevention demonstrates your deep understanding of healthy people, communities and policies.
From every perspective, you have been an extraordinary public servant, and PHABC wishes you happiness as you retire from this role. On behalf of the Board of PHABC, I would like to graciously thank you, John, for your committed service to our province.
Shannon Turner, BA, BSc, MSc, PhD(c)
The Public Health Association of BC