External Engagement Opportunities

Check out engagement opportunities administered and supported by organizations other than PVN.

We are passionate about increasing opportunities for the patients’ voice to be heard. Whether opportunities are administered through the Patient Voices Network or a partner organization, we encourage you to add your voice to the conversations that lead to better health care in BC. Here is where you can find out about the latest, greatest ways to be a part of engagement opportunities that our partnering organizations have to offer, outside of PVN.

By sharing these opportunities, we hope to increase the variety of meaningful engagement opportunities and connect organizations with patient partners seeking to make health care better.

Choose the opportunities you like and respond directly to the organizations offering them:

College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia – Strategic Planning Research Opportunity.

Looking for a volunteer opportunity to provide input as a member of the public into a health professional regulatory organization’s preliminary strategic planning efforts? The College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) is working with a student from the University of Victoria’s Master Public Administration program to complete a preliminary stakeholder analysis and situation/environmental assessment. By participating, you will be able to provide your thoughts on the criteria the public may use to evaluate the effectiveness or performance of a health professional regulatory organization such as COTBC. Additionally, you will be able to provide input regarding the opportunities and challenges you see facing such regulatory organizations today.

Read the full description and respond directly to Andrea Bowden at abowden@uvic.ca
RSVP deadline: May 31, 2017
Open to: Patient partners across the province who are at least 18 years old


Focus Groups – Canadian Centre for Elder Law

Do you have lived experience as someone living with dementia, a family caregiver or a substitute decision-maker for someone living with dementia? The Canadian Centre for Elder Law is holding a series of focus groups across BC where you can share your experiences relating to consent and inclusion in medication and treatment decisions.
Learn more about the opportunity and respond directly to Lee Segall at lsegall@alzheimerbc.org
RSVP deadline: As soon as possible
Open to: Patient partners across the province with lived experience as a person living with dementia or their caregiver


Discipline Committee – The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia
Looking for a volunteer opportunity where you can protect the public by reviewing a discipline case? CLPNBC’s Discipline Committee is looking for a public member. Committee members receive honorariums for their time, and out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.
Learn more about the opportunity and respond
RSVP deadline: As soon as possible
Open to: Patient partners across the province


Registration Committee – The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia
Would you like to review complex registration applications from BC Graduates, Canadian Graduates, and Internationally Educated Nurses? The Registration Committee is looking for public members. Committee members receive honorariums for their time, and out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.
Learn more about the opportunity and respond
RSVP deadline: As soon as possible
Open to: Patient partners across the province


Inquiry Committee – The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia
Interested in reviewing investigations to ensure practice standards amongst LPNS are upheld? The Inquiry Committee is looking for a public member. Committee members receive honorariums for their time, and out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.
Learn more about the opportunity and respond
RSVP deadline: As soon as possible
Open to: Patient partners across the province


Recruitment for Technical Committee Members
Health Standards Organization is looking for people who share their passion for achieving quality health services for all, and who want to co-design standards, identify and assess leading practices. If you have significant and recent experience accessing health services and care (for yourself or as a carer); are a clinician or health service administrator; are a researcher, government/regulatory body or health services stakeholder, then they are looking for you!
Read more about the opportunity and RSVP online
Deadline: As soon as possible
Open to: Patient partners across the world


Vancouver General Hospital Acute Psychiatry Clinical Practice Committee
Do you have lived experience, personally or as a supporter of someone who has experienced acute psychiatric hospitalization in the last five years? The committee is seeking individuals who have some experience working collaboratively, preferably in a health related setting, and who are former clients – persons with lived experience of a mental illness and/or who have experience with acute psychiatric hospitalization in the last five years (personally or as a supporter, preferably at Vancouver General Hospital).
Learn more about the opportunity and respond
Deadline: April 12
Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland


UBC Clinical Research Ethics Board
There are currently patient/public advisors sitting on the Clinical Research Ethic Board whose terms are ending, so they’re hoping to recruit 2 to 4 patient partners to alternate attendance at meetings and provide the patient/public perspective when reviewing the studies (studies are sent out in advance of the meetings). Previous experience in a research study is not required but would be an asset.
Learn more about the opportunity and respond
Deadline: April 12
Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland


Spring CEANing 2017 – Storytelling for the Health of It
This is an opportunity to learn how the stories of patient, clients, residents and families can change the way health care is provided. Through stories we can learn how to improve our system of care, how to improve patient safety as well as the quality of care. Community Engagement Advisory Network (CEAN) members and Vancouver Coastal Health staff and leaders will come together and share their experiences of how stories can change the practice of health care and we will learn the skill of storytelling and its importance to effect change.
Learn more about the event and register
Deadline: April 22
Open to: Members of CEAN, PVN and VCH


Business Initiative and Support Services Quality Council
Do you want to provide the patient lens on a committee that looks at issues related to improving quality and customer service in the areas of patient food services, retail food services, environmental services, patient transport, waste management and laundry services? This is the right opportunity for you!
Learn more about the opportunity and respond directly to the Vancouver Coastal Health Engagement team at ce@vch.ca or 604.714.3779
Deadline: April 25
Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland


The Patient Engagement in Research Scale Study
Patients and informal caregivers who have been members of research teams, grant review boards, or patient advisory boards are invited to join a research study panel on meaningfully engaging patients in research.
Learn more about the project and respond directly to Clayton Hamilton at peirs@arthritisresearch.ca or 604.207.4032
Deadline: April 28
Open to: Patient partners across Canada


Research Study: Patient and Caregiver Journey Outside of the Hospital
You are invited to participate in a research interview to discuss your experience, or the experience of a family member or friend, related to a health care mistake. Diana Campbell, a PhD student at the University of Victoria, is interested in hearing about times when you felt your health care did not go as it should have, or as you expected it would. She is also interested in learning about the impact of mistakes on your health, social networks, relationships, and overall experience with the health care system (whether it be in your home or in a hospital).
Learn more about the study and respond directly to Diana Campbell at dianac@uvic.ca or 250.920.8741
Deadline: April 30
Open to: Patient partners across the province


Course: Foundations in Patient-Oriented Research
This workshop facilitated by the BC SUPPORT Unit will help equip participants with the skills necessary to engage meaningfully in a variety of research roles, and will help researchers start building relationships with patients, hopefully serving as a launching point for future collaborations. Participants will acquire foundational knowledge about health research and gain an understanding of patient-oriented research, specifically what it is and why it’s important. The workshop is free and will take place on May 30, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at St. Paul’s Hospital.
RSVP directly to Melissa Pak at at research@icvhealth.ubc.ca as soon as possible to secure your spot (max 30 attendees).
Deadline: May 12
Open to: Patients with lived experience or interest in heart disease, researchers with interest in engaging patients for heart disease research, and system decision makers, care providers, and others