Member, Palliative Care Primary Project Team

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Palliative care is a sensitive subject and patient and family/caregiver experiences are sometimes not the best they could be.  Would you like to be a part of shaping the future of Palliative Care in the Interior? We are looking for two patient partners to join a project team to participate in discussions to improve processes, from defining patient and family/caregiver needs to creating a new model for palliative care.

Open to: Patient/caregiver and family partners from across BC


Volunteer Opportunity

Would you like to be a part of shaping the future of Palliative Care in the BC Interior? We are looking for two patient/caregiver or family partners to join our project team to collaborate with physicians, specialists, nurses and administrators and to wholly participate in improvement processes, from defining needs to creating a new model for palliative care.

Lead Organization/Department

Shared Care in collaboration with multiple organizations.


Patient partners will share their experience, ideas passion and vision for palliative care as an equal partner on this project team to identify current challenges and create a plan for action to address these challenges.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.


• Interest in improving the palliative care experience for patients, caregivers and families
• Ability to collaborate with physicians, nurses, and administrators
• Comfortable with email communications and zoom virtual meetings
• Self-awareness to the sensitivity of the subject matter and awareness of the feelings that might emerge (support provided through regular check-ins)
• If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Volunteer Agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Carol Stathers


• Vacancies: 2
• Date and Time:

  • 7 virtual meetings between the end of October 2020 and the end of August 2021.
  • 1 in-person future vision planning day in January with appropriate social distancing / covid-19 precautions.
  • 3 comprehensive document reviews for input and feedback.

• Commitment: seven months to a year


Pre-approved travel cost reimbursement for the one in-person meeting which will be held in Vernon (possibly January with social distancing) as per Division of Family Practice reimbursement policy. No costs associated with virtual meetings or document reviews can be reimbursed.


In an effort to improve the palliative care journey we need to come together to understand what’s currently happening, identify opportunities for improvement, establish an ideal future for palliative care in the Vernon area, and create an action plan to take incremental steps to achieve the future vision.
The team will consist of patients and families/caregivers, physicians and specialists, Interior Health palliative care clinicians and administrators, BC Cancer clinicians and coordinators, North Okanagan Hospice, and 2 project consultants.

We know that palliative care evokes feelings for everyone, especially if your experience is current or recent. We want to make sure that everyone takes care of themselves during this time. It will be important for the team to be sensitive to the subject matter and therefore regular check-ins will be done with participants.


Open to patient partners from Interior Health

If you have additional questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact:

Carol Stathers
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Interior Region

November 15, 2020