This month, we’re sharing a patient partner's experience at the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion's Unconference, talking about how to measure successful patient engagement, giving an update on our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group and encouraging patient partners to sign up for upcoming events.

Bev Pomeroy's UnConference Experience

Recently, patient partner Bev Pomeroy attended the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion’s Unconference.

“Despite my living experience, which I think is rich, I learned that my lens is still incredibly narrow when I consider the enormity of cultural identities and intersections within our communities of care.”


Read More About Bev's Experience

Join Our Oversight & Advisory Committee

We're looking for three new patient partner representatives, including one Indigenous representative, to join our Oversight & Advisory Committee.

Members of the committee include patient partner representatives from across BC as well as representatives from health care organizations, the Ministry of Health and the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, which administers PVN. The committee and the Council work collaboratively on patient and public engagement to improve and promote PVN, and patient partner input is vital.

Find Out More & RSVP

What Makes Patient Engagement Successful?

How do we know if patient engagement is “good” or “working well”? It’s something Fraser Health’s Clayon Hamilton and patient partners Vikram Bubber and Allison Kooijman would like to find out.

Read About Their Work

"What Matters to You?" Wins Silver at the Improvement Method Olympics!

"What Matters to You?" Wins Silver at the
Improvement Method Olympics!

12,000+ Votes Were Cast for Tools, Methods & Methodologies

With over 12,000 votes on 16 polls from people in 31 countries, the health care improvement community on Twitter recently decided the bronze, silver and gold medalists in this year’s Improvement Method Olympics.

Read More About the Medalists

Register Today for Your Regional Update Meeting

These meetings give updates on our work and that of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, plus news on what’s happening across your region. They'll also provide opportunities to meet other PVN patient partners and get to know your engagement leader.

  • Fraser: October 19 | 1800-1900 | Register
  • Vancouver Coastal: October 20 | 1400-1500 | Register
  • Island: October 26 | 1200-1300 | Register
  • Interior: October 27 | 1200-1300 | Register

An Introduction to Zoom's Basic Tools
October 13 | 1000-1100 | Register

Before the regional update meetings, join us for an interactive session where we learn and practice using Zoom’s different tools together. You’ll explore a range of basic features and connect with other patient partners!


An Update on Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Group

A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group was formed under PVN in the fall of 2020 to explore how barriers to joining PVN can be reduced. It also aims to explore how a welcoming environment – one that supports emotional safety and builds trust can be promoted across the network.

Want to learn more about the group or help plan an upcoming social meet-up? Get in touch with Cassy Mitchell at or by phone: 250.279.0717.

Learn More & Get in Touch

Register for the Northwest Patient Safety Conference

The Northwest Patient Safety Conference is Coming Up!

Have you registered for next week's virtual Northwest Patient Safety Conference? Patients, family members and students can attend for free! 

Learn More & Register

The Survivors' Flag

Tomorrow is Canada's National Day for
Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 is Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The 30th is also known as Orange Shirt Day, which grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s story of having her new orange shirt taken away on her first day at residential school.

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council is observing National Truth and Reconciliation Day by closing its offices and encouraging its staff and community to honour the day by wearing orange shirts and through personal awareness, education or events in their communities.

Expand Your Learning

The Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of the ongoing impacts of the residential school system. Call 1-866-925-4419.

To find supports for residential school survivors and their families, visit the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.

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