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Judge, 2020 Quality Awards

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Help the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council celebrate inspiring people and projects that have improved BC’s health system! Be part of the judging panel that will decide the winners and runners-up for the categories of the 2020 Quality Awards.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

BC Patient Safety and Quality Council (BCPSQC)


Participate on a judging panel that will decide the winners and runners-up for the categories of the 2020 Quality Awards. The volunteers will lend their voices and perspectives to the judging panel, which includes leaders in quality and safety, BCPSQC Council Members, and students.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.


This invitation is being extended to volunteers who are comfortable sharing their opinions and participating in discussion. The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council will proactively promote comfortable and open discussion in a welcoming, respectful environment. At this time, only patient partners who have attended a Patient Voices Network orientation session are eligible. Priority will be given to patient partners who have not previously had the opportunity to work directly with BCPSQC (e.g., at Quality Forum or previous Quality Awards).


  • Open to three patient partners across the province, with preference given to those who have not worked directly on opportunities with the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council before (e.g., at Quality Forum or previous Quality Awards).
  • The judging process begins in August 2019. Judges will have three to four weeks to review and score nominations. The amount of time required to do so will depend on the number of nominations (last year we received 65 nominations, and each judge was given approximately one third of the nominations to review and score).
  • Judges will read and score nominations via an online reviewing platform. Training on the use of the platform will be provided!
  • A half-day in-person meeting in Vancouver will be scheduled in late August or early September to finalize the voting results. The date will be determined mutually based on all judges' availability.


Expenses related to travel to the in-person judging meeting in Vancouver will be covered. Prior approval will be required. Judges will receive complimentary registration to Health Talks, an evening event that is part of Quality Forum 2020 and includes the Quality Awards ceremony. Entrance and travel to the Quality Forum will not be covered.


Since 2009, the BC Quality Awards have recognized individuals, health care teams and facilities that have implemented positive and sustainable initiatives to improve the quality of care in BC. Categories celebrate initiatives in each of the four areas of care as defined by the BC Health Quality Matrix, a Leader in Quality, an Everyday Champion, a Quality Culture Trailblazer, and a Leader in Advancing the Patient Voice. You can learn about this year’s program and past years’ winners on the Council's website. Award winners receive a $2,500 sponsorship to help support or disseminate learning from their projects, and will be presented plaques in a ceremony at Health Talks in February 2020. Each winner will also receive a complimentary registration for Quality Forum 2020, and the winners of the four initiative-based awards will be invited to deliver presentations at the Forum.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Kathryn Proudfoot
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Provincial

From Our Community

Terri McKinlay

Patient Partner, Penticton

Terri McKinlay

The Patient Voices Network has provided Rylee and me the ability to channel our experience into positive change for others. Our voice in decision making, planning and partnerships for mental health care is having a profound impact on our healing process.