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Attendee, Storytelling 101 Workshop: How to tell your story in an impactful and meaningful way

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Open to Vancouver Island Region, Patient partners on Vancouver Island, Duncan and South.

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Have you had a positive or negative experience in the health care system and want to share your story but don’t know how? Are you looking for advice on how to give an impactful presentation?

Join us for a fun, interactive and free workshop to help you fine-tune your patient story and presentation skills!

Open to: Patient partners on Vancouver Island, Duncan and South.

Lead Organization or Department

Patient and Public Engagement, BC Patient Safety and Quality Council in conjunction with Lockrey Communications


This workshop is being offered as a special learning opportunity for PVN Patient Partners. “We are all storytellers. We all live in a network of stories. There isn’t a stronger connection between people than storytelling.” - Jimmy Neil Smith, Director of the International Storytelling Center The power of story is well-recognized as a cornerstone of collective impact on social issues: it has the ability to inspire, engage, and move people to act. Many patients and family members have a story to tell, and want to tell it, but don’t feel confident enough to stand up in front of people to share it. This workshop aims to give you the confidence and skills to tell that story in a way that can promote positive action in the health care system based on your lived experience.

Level of Engagement

Learning Opportunity


  • Live in the south area of Vancouver Island (Duncan and South)
  • Interest to unpack and explore your story towards building skills in telling it
  • If you have a friend or family member who is interested who isn’t a part of PVN, you are welcome to bring them too! (Based on availability of workshop spot)


  • Number of vacancies: Minimum of 8ppl, maximum of 20ppl per workshop.
  • Format: In-person workshop.
  • Logistics: Tuesday, May 1st. Sports Room (2nd floor) at the Windsor Park Pavillion, 2541 Windsor Rd, Victoria
  • Two workshop timeslots are being offered:
    • Time of workshop 1: 2pm-4pm
    • Time of workshop 2: 6pm-8pm
An informal opportunity for networking will occur from 4:15pm-5:45pm. Light refreshments will be served.


Parking is free. Mileage reimbursement is available and claim forms will be available at the session.


About the Presenter: Cynthia Lockrey is a Patient Voices Network member, writer, communications professional, corporate trainer and patient advocate. Cynthia is passionate about advocating for the needs of children in the medical system, as a volunteer and parent. She is the author of two patient advocacy books – Bed Rest Mom – Surviving Pregnancy-Related Bed Rest with Your Sanity and Dignity Intact and Your Child’s Voice - A Caregiver's Guide to Advocating for Kids with Special Needs, Disabilities, or Others Who May Fall through the Cracks (release date September 2018).

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Ryan Sidorchuk
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Central & North Vancouver Island

From Our Community

Nancy J. Wood

Patient Partner, Sidney

Nancy J. Wood

I was thrilled to discover the Patient Voices Network, where the array of places to be the voice of a patient is vast and incredibly interesting. Besides my ongoing “gig” with the BC Emergency Medicine Network, I have enjoyed being involved in several one-off initiatives. I love working with professionals who genuinely value the perspectives of their patient partners.