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Committee member, CARES (The Community Actions and Resources Empowering Seniors) Project Team

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Volunteers across the communities of Fraser Health

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Fraser Health is looking for an energetic, community-minded senior who can contribute their voice to the development of the CARES program for preventing frailty. This innovative program puts together the best minds in seniors’ health care across Fraser Health, creating programs that promote seniors’ thriving at home and accessing services in the community.
Open to: Volunteers across the communities of Fraser Health

Lead Organization or Department

The Community Actions and Resources Empowering Seniors (CARES) Project Team


  • Patient volunteers will work alongside health care partners to develop and implement plans for a preventative primary care program that decreases frailty in seniors and promotes aging well.
  • The patient volunteers will share their lived experience with CARES team members with the goal of informing the development of the program.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate (at a system-wide strategic leadership level) on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will look to you for advice in developing, implementing and evaluating national, provincial and regional policy and/or research to ensure the health care system is responsive to the patients’ experience as much as possible.


This invitation is being extended to volunteers in the Fraser Area who:
  • Are over the age of 65
  • Are someone who can speak to a lived experience;
  • Are excited to share their story in front of healthcare providers and leaders; and
  • Are willing to contribute their knowledge to a system-wide strategy.
Please note: Patients should have previously attended a PVN orientation session. If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact the Engagement Leader directly to see if accommodations may be possible.


  • Vacancies: 1
  • Meetings are once a month, typically at 1pm. Days of the week vary.
  • Meeting are held at Fraser Health Corporate Office, Suite 400, Central City Tower 13450 – 102nd Avenue Surrey, BC


Preapproved expenses related to travel to in person meetings will be reimbursed according to the Fraser Health Travel policy (including mileage, parking up to $10/day, public transit).


See these documents for more information.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jami Brown
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement|Fraser Valley

From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.