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We’re Celebrating National Volunteer Week!

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This year’s National Volunteer Week (April 18-24) focuses on The Value of One, The Power of Many, and 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.

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. We also released our 2019-2020 Annual Report earlier this year, which highlights your impact, as well as the work we undertook to grow the network and advance the patient voice.

Our team wanted to share their words of thanks for all the difference you make! See below:

“Your impact and patience through your partnership with Health Care Partners and your involvement in patient engagement is courageous and greatly appreciated. Thank you for being so generous.”
Cathy Almost, Engagement Leader

“I am always amazed and in awe of your commitment to making health care better for everyone in BC. It is my sincere privilege to learn from you all as I help support your partnerships!”
Jami Brown, Engagement Leader

“Thank you for your generosity and dedication! It is my honor and joy to support you and your health care partners in the incredible work that you do to improve care.”
Chelsea Hochfilzer, Manager

“Thank you so much to the amazing Patient Partners who volunteer their time contributing to such valuable improvements to our health care system!! Happy National Volunteer Week!”
Carol Stathers, Engagement Leader

“This is a great opportunity to thank our patient partners and acknowledge the difference that each person makes by contributing to change in the health care system. Having worked closely with you on multiple working groups the last year the passion, generosity, and dedication shown just blows me away!”
Cassy Mitchell, Engagement Leader

“Every time I hear your individual stories and your willingness to share and be vulnerable for the sake of improvement, I leave feeling so inspired and humbled – I feel grateful to have the opportunity to even play a small role in your tireless work to improve the health care system!”
Ashley Clarke, Engagement Leader

From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.