In this Patient Voice Mail, we're celebrating National Volunteer Week with words of thanks from our team! We're also inviting you to submit your stories for "What Matters to You?" Day, sharing a new job opportunity with the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, and letting you know how you can enjoy a virtual art exhibition organized by Patients for Patient Safety Canada.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week!

This year’s National Volunteer Week (April 18-24) focuses on The Value of One, The Power of Many. It reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by individuals and the magic that happens when we work together.

As patient partners, you’ve voiced crucial perspectives and worked tirelessly with health care partners to create change across our health care system. We want to thank you for all you’ve done, continue to do and will achieve in the future.

To see what a difference you’ve made, take a look at our new Partnership Impacts page, full of inspirational stories of collaborative projects that achieved better health care.

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Plus, we’ll be featuring more patient partner stories next month. Stay tuned!

Share Your Story for "What Matters to You?" Day

International “What Matters to You?” Day started in Norway in 2014, with the goal of encouraging meaningful conversations between patients, caregivers, families and their health care providers. It's a simple question that can have a big impact on the quality of care. When providers have a conversation about what really matters to the people they care for, it builds meaningful relationships between patients, families and their health care providers and advances person- and family-centred care (PFCC).

The last year has created many challenges for individuals and organizations. Now more than ever, relationship building and the principles of PFCC are critical to our health care system. We will continue to adapt our “What Matters to You?” resources to support current needs within the health care system and encourage you to check out our new guides to asking “What Matters To You?” in virtual care appointments for both patients and health care providers, and Unmasking Communication During a Pandemic.

Leading up to International “What Matters to You?” Day on June 9, 2021, we invite you to share your stories of impact. Take a look at last year’s stories featured in our special edition newsletter.

Share Your Story

Join Our Team as an Engagement Leader! 

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, which administers PVN, is hiring an Engagement Leader for Vancouver Island!

The Engagement Leader is responsible for leading work within the Council’s patient and public engagement strategy. This includes recruitment, orientation and providing support to PVN patient partners to engage in health system transformation in collaboration with a range of health care partners. A role with the Council is perfect for those who thrive on building relationships, trust and collaboration.

This does mean we’re saying goodbye to one of our team. We want to say a huge thank you to Ashley Clark for her amazing contributions to the network and we wish her success and happiness in her future endeavours! We will miss you!

Apply by April 28

Visit the Virtual HeART of HealthCARE Exhibition

Since its inception in 2006, Patients for Patient Safety Canada has championed the patient voice to impact an array of patient safety policies and programs. We want to congratulate them as they celebrate their 15th anniversary!

Recognizing the unique power of art, the organization has launched the HeART of HealthCARE virtual art gallery aiming to raise awareness about patient safety, explore the impact of preventable harm, and inspire healing and action. The gallery features fantastic work by patients, providers, leaders and supporters and offers tips and support to help guide your experience.

Visit Today!

Questions or Suggestions?

Your feedback is very important to us. What kinds of volunteer opportunities are you interested in? What else would you like to see in our newsletters?

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