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Inter-Divisional Strategic Council Patient Speakers

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Open to Interior Region, Volunteers in the Interior region.

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Would you be interested in attending a discussion about primary care with health leaders in the Interior region? We are looking for up to 2 volunteers from across the Interior region to be patient speakers on January 27.

Open to: Volunteers in the Interior region.

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health (IH)


  • The Inter-Divisional Strategic Council is holding their quarterly meeting and wanting to include patient participants in the primary care discussions
  • The aim is to ensure the patient voice is heard at the strategic discussion level

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns.


Open to volunteers from across the Interior region who have experience with one of the following areas (examples may include the following but are not limited to these topics):
  • Supporting aging parents
  • Seniors care
  • Mental health, possible focus on child and youth mental health
  • Aboriginal perspective
  • Young adult age range
  • Young family/parent, possibly speaking about maternity experience
And also:
  • Comfortable with sharing thoughts and ideas with health authority and physician participants
  • Experience sharing ideas within small group work would be beneficial but not required
  • Interest in contributing to patient-centredness improvements in the health care system
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: Up to 2
  • Date/time: Friday January 27, 7:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Location: Kelowna Four Points Sheraton by the Airport


  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • Mileage will be covered for those traveling up to 1.5 hrs each way from the event
  • Mileage and /or air travel, meals will be provided for those outside of the above distances
  • Expenses covered as per IH policy and expenses need to pre-approved (receipts must be submitted and arrangements can be made for IH to pre-pay expenses such as hotel and airfare)


  • The theme of discussions will be centred on primary health care
  • It is hoped that the Ministry of Health five key strategies will be the covered within the conversations and continue to focus on how to best support the patient/family and the general physician/ nurse practitioner  in the primary care home
Inter-Divisional Strategic Council attendees include:
  • Representation from Doctors of BC, First Nations Health Authority, Interior Health staff (directors, project coordinators, integration leads), Division of Family Practice directors (Central Okanagan, South Okanagan, East Kootenay, Kootenay Boundary, Shuswap North Okanagan), Patient Voices Network volunteers.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Carol Stathers
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Okanagan, Interior Region


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