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Kootenay Boundary Collaborative Services Committee

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in the Kootenay Boundary area

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Do you thrive in the world of possibility and ambiguity? Do you enjoy working with high level systems thinkers to tackle the wicked health care problems in our area and improve health care services?

Open to: Patient partners in the Kootenay Boundary area

Lead Organization or Department

Kootenay Boundary Collaborative Services Committee


The purpose is to have patient participation on the Collaborative Services Committee. This committee is a joint committee between Interior Health, Kootenay Boundary Divisions of Family Practice and General Practice Services Committee (GPSC). The Kootenay Boundary Collaborative Services Committee embodies the collaborative working relationship among the Partners. Here the partners will identify and present clinical issues of concern for patient care outcomes; develop a common understanding of the issues and opportunities; co-determine priorities and co-design solutions, calling on additional voices from patients and the community. This collaborative process is intended to build on the respective strengths to create a strong partnership.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the research partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.


  • Living in the Kootenay Boundary
  • Able to attend a 3 hour morning meeting during the work week once per month, excluding July and August
  • Experience working at a strategic level
  • 19-40 years of age would be preferred for diversity
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Email address with access to a computer
  • Patient partners with personal experience in the public service and/or mid level to senior management, affording them a higher degree of knowledge of systems, their complexity and the ability to relate to the challenges faced by local leaders in our health system, will be considered an asset.
If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and volunteer agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact the engagement leader directly.


  • Vacancies: 1
  • In-person meetings, the second Tuesday of each month, 8:20-11:30, in Castlegar (KBA office-813 10th street)
  • Commitment: Over a year


Breakfast is served at the meeting. Mileage will be reimbursed


This opportunity came about as a result of the desire to improve patient engagement within our work. We have had one patient partner for approximately a year and would like to strengthen the patient contribution by adding a second patient partner from a different demographic than our present partner. The Collaborative Services Committee is comprised of the Divisions of Family Practice (physicians, division staff) and Interior Health staff ( Kootenay Boundary executive director/director/administrator as well as select managers, all from acute, community, residential, mental health and allied (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietitians to name a few). Risk - confidentiality is key Mitigation - review of expectations Risk - Patient partner's ability to understand strategic high level conversation resulting in possible disengagement Mitigation - Transformation Lead will provide an orientation with a Division partner and be available to review content of meetings going forward. Transformation Lead available to answer questions at anytime.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Selena Davis
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Kootenays & Boundary


From Our Community

Ovey Yeung

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Ovey Yeung

Being involved in the Patient Voices Network has broadened my understanding of the system and helped me empathize with health care challenges and limitations. What matters to me is to walk away feeling that my experience matters, that I matter!