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Membership Advisory Committee

The ACFP Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) serves to ensure the ACFP is meeting the needs of its diverse membership. The committee is responsive to emergent member needs, and will, where necessary, create sub-committees or task forces to identify and meet these needs. This committee reports to the Executive Director with strategies and recommendations and will work with the ACFP staff to implement these through operational means.

The two Operational Committees which fall under the MAC are the First Five Years in Family Practice Committee and the Awards and Recognition Committee.

Become a Committee Member

We are recruiting for the following positions:

  • At least one, but up to five Members-at-Large

How to Apply

Email your application to Please include a letter of interest (250 words max) and a summary of your experience or a copy of your CV.

Committee Members

  • Dr. Melanie Hnatiuk (Chair), Calgary
  • Dr. Dinesh Witharana (Board Representative), Edmonton
  • Dr. Akolisa (Ako) Anyaduba, Red Deer
  • Dr. Douglas Woudstra, Edmonton


Melanie Hnatiuk
Dinesh Witharana
Board Representative
Akolisa (Ako) Anyaduba
Douglas Woudstra

Terms of Reference

The Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) is an operational committee of the ACFP that serves as an advisory body to the Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) staff. The MAC may also, from time to time, present recommendations to the Board in partnership with the Executive Director, for new strategic direction or resource allocation.


This Committee assists in developing operational tactics in the areas of communications, member and stakeholder engagement, and the provision of member services; advises on building awareness of the value of the CCFP credential, and tactics to encourage members to establish a strong connection to their professional community; responds to emergent member needs; and where necessary, creates sub-committees or task forces to identify and meet these needs.

Dr. Melanie Hnatiuk

My name is Melanie Hnatiuk and I’m a proud Family Physician. I was born and raised in Alberta, having lived in both Edmonton and Calgary. I spent some time in London, Ontario for medical school at Western, then returned to complete my residency at the University of Calgary. I currently work as an Academic Family Physician at the University of Calgary where I have been privileged to play a role in the training of medical students and residents and to care for many of my patients for over 15 years. I have held various administrative and leadership positions both at the Department of Family Medicine and with other organizations in Alberta. I’m married and the mom of 3 children (and one dog). I love spending time outdoors with my family.

I am passionate about contributing to the work of the ACFP because I believe that Family Medicine is the foundation for a high-quality, compassionate and efficient health care system. Individuals, communities, and the system as a whole benefit when Family Medicine has strong representation.

I value the work the ACFP has done to advocate on behalf of Albertans by representing Family Physicians. The ACFP’s collaboration with stakeholders will ensure our discipline remains adaptive to the needs of the communities we work within.

Dr. Dinesh Witharana

I’m Dr. Dinesh Witharana and I’m a family physician based in Spruce Grove who primarily focuses on community primary care of palliative patients. I often bring residents with me to my hospice rounds and home visits. I also enjoy participating on the Provincial Palliative Tumor Group as an Executive Member, the AMA Section of Palliative Care Fee Committee, and the Core Committee for Cancer Strategic Clinical Network. I am the family physician representative on the Edmonton Zone PCN Sub-Committee for improving transitions of care, and previously served as a member of the ACFP First Five Years in Practice Committee.

I am a strong supporter of the ACFP Vision of advancing health for patients, their families, and communities where every Albertan has a patient-centred medical home, and believe that providing more support and resources for primary care will be essential to achieving this vision.

What I value the most about the ACFP is it’s very member focused. When you meet the staff, their sole interest is how to better support family physicians in Alberta, and they quickly feel like family.

Dr. Akolisa Anyaduba

My name is Dr. Ako Anyaduba. I am a Family Physician based in Red Deer, AB. I do community family practice, hospitalist (at Red Deer Regional Hospital) and rural emergency calls at Innisfail, AB. I am a clinical lecturer with University of Calgary and University of Alberta. I am on the board of the Red Deer PCN. I represent Red Deer PCN on the Alberta Pain Strategy Models of Care Working Group. I love my town of Red Deer, AB and will continue to work with the community to make Red Deer, AB, the best city in Alberta.

I joined the Membership Advisory Committee with the aim to get a working knowledge and experience of the governance and advocacy activities of the ACFP. This work will help me contribute positively to the wonderful work that ACFP does for its members.

I value ACFP’s focus on its members. ACFP is palpably passionate about the welfare of its members and consistently works at improving its members. It consistently advocates for its members and Family Medicine in general.

Dr. Douglas Woudstra

I’m Dr. Douglas Woudstra and I am a family physician working in Edmonton, Alberta. I work in primary care and serve as a preceptor at the Misericordia Family Medicine Clinic. In my former life I practiced as a physical therapist and spent several years working overseas with various grass roots organizations.

I volunteered to serve on the Membership Advisory Committee to be of service to my colleagues and my community.

What I value the most about the ACFP is the behind-the-scenes support and advocacy the ACFP provides for its members.