Engagement Opportunities

We are closely following the COVID-19 pandemic and recognize that during this time, some engagement opportunities may not proceed in their original timelines due to the system’s response. Please contact your Engagement Leader if you have any questions or concerns. We thank you for taking steps to keep yourself, your community and your loved ones safe and healthy.

For accurate, up-to-date COVID-19 information, please refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control. The Ministry of Health has also developed a BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool that you can use to determine if you need further assessment or testing.

Open Opportunities:

PVN Internal

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, which administers PVN, aims to keep the patient perspective at the heart of its work. The Council has new engagement opportunities that invite patient partners to participate in projects it is leading to drive high-quality care in BC. We are excited to share these new opportunities with you, here under PVN Internal Opportunities.

Health Care Partner Engagements

Patient Partner Research

In addition to the engagement opportunities offered by our health care partners, we support health researchers through our partnership with REACH BC.
REACH BC is a new online platform that connects researchers to the public and to patients who are interested in participating in health research opportunities. The platform will house an online listing of all recruiting health research projects and patient partner research opportunities. Patient partner research opportunities will be cross-posted here on our PVN website if requested by the health researcher.

External Engagements

In addition to the engagement opportunities offered by our health care partners, we list opportunities administered and supported by other organizations that are also looking for deeply committed patient partners to improve BC’s health system:

To RSVP for opportunities, and to receive newsletters that will notify you of new ones, sign up as a patient partner with the Patient Voices Network. For tips on how to fill out the RSVP forms, make sure to read this brief list.

Learn more about what it’s like to be involved in PVN, in the words of a patient partner.


Member, Cross Canada Breastfeeding Initiative

St. Paul’s Hospital maternal and newborn health team is participating in putting best practices into action and needs volunteers to join the team. Be part of a team committed to giving the best start possible to newborns through early attachment with human milk for babies.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Deadline: August 11, 2020

Participant, Cultural Safety in Patient-Centred Measurement Methodologies for Indigenous Peoples Advisory Committee

Make reporting your health care experiences culturally safe. This advisory committee is guiding a research project that is trying to understand the ways of sharing patient experiences that would be culturally safe, appropriate, empowering and easy for Indigenous patients to share their thoughts about the care they have received in the BC health care system. As an Indigenous patient partner, you would be an important part of doing this work in a good way.

Open to: Patient partners across the province


Deadline: August 11, 2020

Participant, Joint Clinical Committee (JCC) Most Responsible Physician Workshop

Family Physicians are slowly stopping the delivery of inpatient care services across BC’s 84 hospitals which deliver this service.  The JCC working group is wanting to proactively plan how we go about delivering inpatient care services given this shift.

Open to: Patient partners across the province


Deadline: August 12, 2020

Interviewee, Health Technology Assessment – MitraClip for Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair

Can your voice speak to health care experiences with valve disease? If yes, consider this opportunity to work with the Health Technology Assessment Team to inform treatment choices in BC for those with certain types of heart disease.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Deadline: August 14, 2020

Member, Centre for Mental Health & Addictions – Partnerships in Care Committee

Improving the care of people with severe mental health and addictions is vital to a healthy British Columbia.   BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services is transforming the way they support people with lived experience, and their family members, across British Columbia.  The Partnerships in Care Committee is seeking patient and family voices in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of services directed at BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services.

Open to: Patient partners across the province


Deadline: August 31, 2020
Fraser - Vancouver Coastal

Interviewee, Enhancing Student Nurses Communication Skills, BC Institute of Technology

Are you an older adult with a history of chronic disease(s) who would like to help student nurses practice their basic communication skills, therapeutic relationships and health assessments? Participate in this opportunity to be interviewed over Zoom and provide feedback to students on their interpersonal and communication skills!

Open to: Patient partners from  Fraser & Vancouver Coastal Health communities


Deadline: August 15, 2020

Participant, Royal Inland Hospital Cardiac Services Working Group

Royal Inland Hospital has been expanding its services to the community for many years. Royal Inland Hospital Cardiac Services is now in a position to engage and involve those that receive these services. The voice of people utilizing these services will help guide what our service looks like moving forward.

Open to: Patient partners from Royal Inland Hospital area


Deadline: August 12, 2020

Patient Speaker, First Nations Residential School Survivor – Coast Mountain College

You have a story to tell. Your story can help create understanding of the impact of residential schools on you, and your family’s health and well-being. Coast Mountain College is asking you to help shape the future of nursing towards compassionate, culturally sensitive care by sharing your story with nursing students at the Terrace Campus.

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern region

Deadline: September 1, 2019

Member, Northwest BC Medical Travel Patient Partner Steering Committee

Have you or a family member had to leave your northwest home community to receive medical care? If yes, then we want to hear from you! We are a team of health researchers, care providers and patient partners in Northwestern BC that is conducting a research study that aims to better understand the experiences of individuals and families in Northwestern BC who have had to leave their home communities to receive medical care at a larger center. We are looking for patient partners to join our Northern Patient Travel Improvement Committee to guide research activities and knowledge sharing.

Open to: Patient partners in the Northwest region

Deadline: August 5, 2020

Interview Participant, Patient Partner Experiences with Northern Physician Quality Improvement (PQI)

Have you previously participated in a PQI initiative? What was your experience like?
The experience of patient partners with the PQI program is a major area of focus for the current evaluation of NH’s PQI program. Help us improve PQI by telling us about your experiences.

Open to: Patient partners from Northern region


Deadline: August 5, 2020
Vancouver Island

Patient Advisor, Development and Implementation Committee, Urgent and Primary Care Centres

Island Health is expanding access to primary care by developing Urgent and Primary Care Centres. Will you be accessing these sites? Join us to have your voice heard in the design process and to ensure we are developing the appropriate services for the community!

Open to: Patient partners across the Island Health region


Deadline: August 8, 2020

Member, Island Health Medicine Quality Council

Help us improve medical inpatient and outpatient services on Vancouver Island. The Medicine Quality Council wants to involve patients in the development of a person-centred evidence-based medicine program.

Open to: Patient partners across the Island Health region


Deadline: August 24, 2020