Congratulations to the Recipients of the Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice Quality Award!

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, which administers PVN, recently announced the winners and runners-up of its 2019 Quality Awards. The Quality Awards feature eight categories which recognize people and projects that have made health care better.

We're excited to share with you the winner and runner-up from the category Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice, one of whom is a member of PVN! 

Chad Dickie is the winner of the Advancing the Patient Voice award!

Chad Dickie: Winner

As a PVN Patient Partner, Chad has contributed to many engagement opportunities around the province. He is a member of the Fort Nelson First Nation, a caregiver, and a patient living with a chronic disease. These experiences have helped him highlight challenges faced by many people, as well as speak to the value of services he has received.

Ernie Ellis: Runner-Up

Soon after he moved into the Park Place Seniors Living care home in Langley, Ernie instinctively began to personify one of the home's core values: that residents have "a voice and a choice." Ernie is the person who welcomes new residents to the home and shares residents' concerns with key decision makers. He has even become the Resident Council Chair! 

Read more about Ernie's work.

Ernie Ellis is the runner-up for the Advancing the Patient Voice award!

Patient Partner Perspective:
Modelling Indigenous Systems of Care

PVN Patient Partner Cherie Mercer (far right) recently fulfilled a personal goal by speaking to an international audience on the principles of authentic engagement. And she did so on behalf of PVN!

As a member of the Nisga'a Nation in northern BC, Cherie has a unique take on health care in this province. Cherie was generous enough to share what she presented and what she learned at the conference.

Cherie Mercer shares her hopes for health care in BC

In the blog post, Cherie begins to think about what it might look like to model First Nations systems of care in the regional health authorities. We can't wait to see how she'll apply her new knowledge in her community and with PVN!

Read the blog post.

The Canadian Medical Association has announced their National Patient Liaison Group.

National Patient Liaison Group Includes
PVN Patient Partners!

The Canadian Medical Association has introduced a patient liaison group, the CMA Patient Voice, made up of 14 patients from across the country. They have just announced the members of the group, which includes two PVN Patient Partners: Claire Snyman and Sarah Fletcher!

Since becoming a brain tumour patient, Claire has been helping people to put their health in their own hands and to work in partnership with their health teams to make care decisions. She has presented about patient advocacy at TEDxStanleyPark and runs Two Steps Forward, a website to support others navigating the health care system. She recently co-led a Quality Café webinar with Cathy Almost, one of the engagement leaders at the Council.

Sarah is a patient and aspiring health care provider who cares deeply about improving Canada's health care system. Having experienced the health care system in a few provinces, she brings her insights on the current system to her work as a youth and patient advisor for several provincial, national and international organizations.

Way to go, Claire and Sarah!

Find out more about CMA Patient Voice.

The RSVP Process: How to Sell Your
Experience and Skills 

Writing RSVP submissions can be tricky and time-consuming. All of our patient partners will benefit from reading, or re-reading, this helpful resource!

The RSVP process is your chance to showcase yourself to the health care partner. We've created a handy guide that provides an overview of the most important information to include in your response. Health care partners use these responses to decide which patient partner(s) will be the best fit for their particular opportunity. With these tips, your experience and knowledge will shine through!  

Find this resource. 

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