Help Us Name Our New Networking Program!  

Ready for some Patient Voices Network-ing? We now have almost 1000 patient partners and 500 health care partners, and we heard from our members that you want more ways to connect with each other across the province. We're introducing a new program to help you do so and we need your help picking a name!

Here's how it works: if you choose to sign up, we will randomly select pairs from our list of participating patient and health care partners to give you a chance to get to know each other, build connections and explore opportunities for collaboration.

You’ll then receive an email letting you know who you’ve been matched up with. We encourage you to set up a time to connect for a call or a virtual chat (free apps like Skype, WhatsApp and Facetime are a great way to do so); you'll have six weeks to coordinate a time. After that six-week period, the process will repeat and you'll be paired with another member of PVN!

Now that you know more about the program, help us find a great name! Choose from our list of suggestions or write in your own idea, and we'll announce the winning name in an upcoming newsletter. 

Patient Partner Perspective: Designing Health Care Solutions with Empathy

PVN Patient Partner Chad Dickie recently had the chance to attend a workshop called Design Thinking, facilitated by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. He wrote a blog post reflecting on what he learned from the workshop, espcially the importance of empathy, and how he'll apply this in his future patient engagement work.

Read the post.

Patient Partner Chad Dickie recounts his workshop experience

Find Out What Our Oversight & Advisory Committee
Has Been Discussing!

For those who are new to PVN, our Oversight & Advisory Committee helps plan the strategic direction of the Network and is made up of an equal number of patient partners and health care partners. The committee meets on a regular basis to talk about PVN activities.

The committee last met in December, which was the first meeting for some of the committee's new members! They discussed the patient partner compensation engagement process, an upcoming educational opportunity for patient partners and the new way to connect our partners with each other that we mentioned earlier. Exciting things ahead! 

Read the minutes.

Remembering PVN Patient Partner Bill Goodacre

It is with sadness that we share that one of our patient partners, Bill Goodacre, has passed away.

Bill, who spent 19 years as a city councillor in Smithers, will be remembered for his passion for accessibility in his community, social justice and Indigenous rights. "He was such a northerner," said one of his longtime friends in an article for CBC. 

Bill will be missed — our thoughts are with his family and friends. 

Read the article.

Remembering Bill Goodacre

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