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Because your voice matters.

Central Okanagan Clinical Ethics Committee



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Interior Region


The Central Okanagan Clinical Ethics Committee (COCEC) serves the Kelowna and surrounding area (from Lake Country to Peachland). Committee team members include a broad make-up of physicians, frontline health care workers, mental health and substance use staff, representatives from risk and legal, operational leaders and public members.

The COCEC typically meets monthly to review consults brought forward by health care teams. Depending on the urgency and frequency of consults, the committee could meet more frequently than monthly. If a consult is not required at the time of the monthly meeting, other committee development is facilitated (eg. education, general ethics discussion).

The patient partner voice is a valued and respected member of the committee and will collaborate with the committee for discussions and decisions made.

Previous ethics experience is an asset but not required.
Access to technology and the internet is required as the meetings are held virtually.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of Collaborate on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.


  • Have access to technology and the internet to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Comfortable using technology to attend online/virtual meetings
  • An interest in improving health care services
  • The time to participate in the engagement opportunity

Patient Partners ARE required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Julia Baranow
Administrative Assistant, Renal and Transplant | Interior Health
(250) 868-5200

From Our Community

Agnes Black

Director, Health Services & Clinical Research and Knowledge Translation – Providence Health Care

Agnes Black

It’s really hard to make changes in health care. When a PVN patient partner says, ‘This is important to us’ it keeps us grounded on why a change is needed and keeps us motivated to keep going on projects.