Say Hello to Teresa!

We’re thrilled to welcome Teresa Bissenden as the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council’s new Director of Patient & Public Engagement – the team which supports PVN!

Teresa will lead the team as we work towards advancing authentic patient engagement and improving health care in BC.

Teresa Bissenden

No stranger to the challenges of trying to implement system-wide changes, Teresa joins the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council from Vancouver Coastal Health, where she worked in the Transformation Office. She has a wealth of engagement experience, as well as a background in change management and community development.

With her strong track record and dedication to patient engagement, Teresa is sure to fit right in with this passionate network. We couldn’t be more excited to have her on board!

Get to know Teresa.

BC Emergency Medicine Network

Health Care Partner Perspective: BC Emergency Medicine Network

In this blog article, Network Manager Sharla Drebit shares how patient partners are helping the BC Emergency Medicine Network improve emergency care services across the province.

Read the article.

Katherine's Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life for Katherine Willet

We recently shared the sad news that PVN member and advocate Katherine Willet passed away.

On May 27, Katherine's community will come together for a potluck picnic to celebrate her life.

Read the details.

What Matters to You?

Having Conversations That Matter

On May 9, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council held a "What Matters to You?" webinar focused on sharing their newest resource.

The "Conversations That Matter" resource provides tools for providers, patients, families and caregivers, to support them in having meaningful conversations about care. 

Check out "Conversations That Matter" and view the webinar recording!

Engaging Patients in Patient Safety – a Canadian Guide

Engaging Patients in Patient Safety – a Canadian Guide

Written by both patients and providers, this resource from the Canadian Patient Safety Institute is a great compilation of evidence and leading practices that will help to inform patient engagement efforts:

Read the guide.

Vickie Pynn's Health Care Journey

Finding “HiROs” in Heart Health Care

Patient partner Vickie Pynn recently shared her health care experience with the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. In this article, Vickie details her harrowing journey to reach a diagnosis — and how Dr. Andrew Krahn and the Hearts in Rhythm Organization (HiRO) reached out and changed her life.

Read the article.

Patient Partner Orientation Webinars

It's now easier than ever to complete your orientation and get involved in engagement opportunities! We're excited to announce that we now offer provincial patient partner orientation sessions by webinar. Register today! 

View available webinar orientations

Introducing Patient Partner Orientation Webinars!

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