As we approach the end of a challenging year, we reflect on how our health care system has responded to the challenges and stresses placed on it by COVID-19. We’re grateful to everyone who has played a role in providing high-quality care throughout the pandemic, and for how we’ve come together to care for patients and one another.

This newsletter shares how the PVN community has come together to support and learn from each other. We hope this leaves you smiling or feeling inspired – two things we can never have enough of. And, as you gear up for the new year; we wish you happy holidays and a bright, safe, and healthy start to 2021.

Word in the Network

Reflecting on the Last 10 Years – Thank You! 

10 Years of PVN

This past year marked 10 years since PVN was created  a full decade of patients, families and caregivers working together with health care teams across BC to improve our health care system. Even though 2020 was a challenging year, we still found ways to mark this special occasion. Read our 10th anniversary working group's account of celebrating this amazing milestone! 

Recap Our Celebrations

The 2021 Quality Awards Call for Nominations
Has Launched!

It's time to celebrate people and projects that improved the quality of health care in BC - by nominating them for a Quality Award!

Established in 2009 by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, which administers PVN, the awards recognize projects within the five areas of care along with four inspiring individuals – including someone who advanced the patient voice. Help spread the word about their work and recognize them with a Quality Award nomination!

Winners receive a $2,500 sponsorship to support or disseminate learning from their projects or to support ongoing learning and development.

Submit a Nomination by January 22!

Regional Round-Up

Meet Our New Oversight & Advisory Committee Members!

We're thrilled to introduce you to the newest members of our Oversight & Advisory Committee! 

The committee helps guide our work to support meaningful partnerships between patients and health care teams, with the focus of improving health care services in BC.

Read more about Maria, Prachi, Luka, Jean and David!

Meet the New Members

Word in the Network

Patient Partner Don Grant shares some insights through his ‘pandemic road trip’ as he talks about his involvement with PVN and ideas for creating a central repository of shared resources to reduce duplication and enhance person- and family-centred care.

Read Don's Insights

Top Story

Island Health has continued its patient engagement work by adapting to the virtual environment. If you're a PVN member from the island, read their tips to know what to expect, communicate your needs and ensure your engagement experience is meaningful. 

Read Their Tips

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