Engagement Opportunities

Here you will find the engagement opportunities that are currently open.

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 up the RSVP forms, make sure to read this brief list.

If you have received information about an opportunity not listed below, please contact pvn@bcpsqc.ca, 604.668.8240 or 1.877.282.1919.

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

Provincial Opportunities

Working Group Member, Residential Care Access Policy Review

Have you helped a family member or friend access residential care services in British Columbia? If so, the Ministry of Health would like your assistance to better understand the challenges and successes of the current access policy.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Deadline: July 21, 2017

“Person Centered Care” Working Group

Are you interested in how people and their families can be the central focus in health care? If so, you may be interested in joining the “Person Centered Care” Working Group, which is focusing on how we can be better in doing things “with” patients, families and caregivers as partners in health care, rather than doing “to” or “for” them.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Deadline: July 23, 2017

Interview Participants, Review of Pre-Operative Cardiac (Heart) Testing for Non-Cardiac Surgery

Are you interested in sharing your experiences of cardiac (heart) testing before surgery? Your input can help shape provincial government policy regarding the tests required before surgery and improve the care received by other patients.

Open to: Patient partners from across the province

Deadline: August 3, 2017
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

Patient Speakers, Employee Orientations

Do you have an experience of care at a Providence Health facility that you think that can highlight a ‘teachable moment’ for healthcare providers? Help to stimulate a culture change by highlighting how patient experiences are fundamental to employee practices.

Open to: Patient partners across the Lower Mainland

Deadline: Open until filled

Patient Partner, Parkinson’s Disease Technology Project

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common progressive disorder of the nervous system. Researchers are interested in looking at ways to improve quality of life for Parkinson’s patients by utilizing technology to help normalize walking patterns. They are seeking to partner with patients, friends or family who have been impacted by Parkinson’s to help develop their research project.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

Deadline: August 3, 2017

Addressing Malnutrition in Hospital: Implementation of a Nutrition Pathway for Acute Care

Do you want to help patients eat better in hospital? Share your experience to help implement an approach to nutrition care that meets patients’ needs!

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley


Deadline: August 15, 2017
Interior Region

Williams Lake Working Group: Improving Mental Health and Substance Use Transitions from Emergency to Community Services

Transitioning from the emergency department to community mental health and substance use services can be challenging. Interior Health invites you to take part in a working group aimed at improving the patient experience throughout this transition.

Open to: Patient partners in and around Williams Lake

Deadline: July 19, 2017

Vernon Working Group: Improving Mental Health and Substance Use Transitions from Emergency to Community Services

Hospital emergency departments are, in many cases, the front line for health care in British Columbia. The ability of health care providers to support a smooth transition for people with lived mental health and substance use experience to community programs is crucial to their path for better health and well-being.  Interior Health needs your ideas to tackle this complicated transition process by joining their working group focused on improving the patient experience.

Open to: Patient partners in and around Vernon

Deadline: July 19, 2017

Participant, Interior Health Repatriation Collaborative Launch and Subsequent Learning Sessions

Sometimes a patient’s care needs are better met in a hospital outside of their home community. Ultimately repatriation is about ensuring patients are returning to their home community after  receiving these specialized services in a proactive streamlined way that supports their health and wellbeing along the continuum of care. See details below to find out how you can impact this important work!

Open to: Patient partners in rural Interior region communities

Deadline: July 19, 2017

Interview Consultation, Enhancing Communication in the Intensive Care Unit by Identifying an Appropriate Whiteboard Template

Let’s improve communication between staff, patients, and family members within an Intensive Care Unit (ICU)! Royal Inland Hospital is working on an initiative to utilize bedside whiteboards in the ICU as a communication tool and your input is needed.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior Health region

Deadline: July 27, 2017

Patient Engagement in Research Committee of the BC SUPPORT Unit Interior Centre

Does patient engagement in research interest you? Read more about this exciting opportunity!

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior region

Deadline: September 7, 2017
Northern Region

To learn about available volunteer opportunities in the Northern Region, please contact:


Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern BC

Anthony Gagné
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern Interior

Vancouver Island Region

Patient Assessors, Site Environmental Assessments

Island Health believes that everyone should be cared for with compassion and dignity in a clean, safe environment. Site environmental assessments provide motivation for improvement and will now include a clear message, directly from patient assessors about how the care environment can be enhanced. After all, the standard we walk by is the standard we set!

Open to: Patient partners in the Island Health region


Deadline: July 24, 2017

Educational Workshop, Gamification

Gamification is rapidly spreading internationally as an exciting way to engage people in change. What’s Gamification? It means using designs and elements of games in non-gaming contexts such as health care. This interactive workshop will teach you how motivational theory and game design can engage patients, families and those working within the health care system to improve care. Game on!

Open to: Patient partners on Vancouver Island

Deadline: July 31, 2017

Patient Partner, Medical Planning and Credentials Committee

The Medical Planning and Credentials Committee understands that patients are the reason physicians come to work each day and is committed to ensuring that high quality physician services are available across the Island Health region. It’s no surprise that the Committee wants to include patient partners in their discussions!

Open to: Patient partners in the Island Health region

Deadline: August 2, 2017

Advisors, North Island Hospital Transition

Are you interested in being part of the team leading the exciting transition to new hospitals in Campbell River and Courtenay? If so, read on!

Open to: Patient partners in the North East island area (Nanaimo and North) with an emphasis on those who live in and around the Campbell River and Comox Valley regions.

Deadline: August 4, 2017