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Member, Ashcroft Local Health Services Planning Committee

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in Ashcroft, Clinton, Cache Creek and surrounding area

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Having primary and community care meet the needs of patients and families with consistency and coordinated access across this geographical region is the goal of the Ashcroft Health Services Planning Committee. A variety of experiences and voices is needed at the table. We currently have two patient partners who represent the patient voice, and we seek one more patient partner who can provide the Indigenous lens.

Open to: Patient partners in Ashcroft, Clinton, Cache Creek and surrounding area

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health - Primary and Community Care Transformation


This committee has been formed to:
  • Support partners in recruitment and retention initiatives in the Ashcroft catchment area
  • Advocate and educate through leading/recommending community engagement
  • Identify and address gaps related to community health
  • Inform the Interior Rural Collaborative Services Committee on Ashcroft catchment area needs through local health services planning

Level of Engagement

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


  • Knowledge and or experience with primary and community care and with the health care system would be an asset.
  • Have an interest in sharing their experience and hold an interest in improving health care.
  • Be enthusiastic about working in partnership with a variety of stakeholders including but not limited to the Health Authority, Divisions of Family Practice, elected officials, First Nation Health Authority and Local Aboriginal Indigenous Bands plus other stakeholders.
  • Diversity in our membership so that it represents the individuals, communities and groups who access health care services is vital. This application seeks to recruit one individual who can provide the local Aboriginal/Indigenous lens and who is eager to help shape Health Services within this geographical area


Vacancies: 1 Location, date, time and frequency:
  • Meetings are held monthly in person in Ashcroft for approximately two hours
  • Most meetings occur Monday - Friday day time hours however can occur in the evenings
  • This request is for a one-year term however may be extended


Expenses are paid as per the Interior Health Travel Policy and will cover pre-approved travel to in person meetings. Such expenses include mileage, parking and or public transit.


Guiding Principles: At a provincial level, a key to the success of the Primary and Community Care initiative is grassroots, community driven work coming together with provincial policies and systems. As communities plan and implement,there are guiding principles to help ensure success:
  • Empower local decision making that responds to community needs
  • Wherever possible, support local conversations at collaborative services committees (CSCs) or Primary Care Network (PCN) Steering Committees to address issues,instead of having one partner take their issue to a higher body (i.e. GPSC or MoH)·
  • Enable collaborative decision making between partners
  • Be inclusive of all providers and partners, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, allied health providers, Indigenous peoples, patients and families, divisions, health authorities, partner services
  • Respect all providers and ensure they are involved in decisions that will affect them
  • Support connections to other services/resources/providers where appropriate
  • Embed a trauma-informed and culturally safe approach to delivering care
  • Engage patients meaningfully and incorporate their feedback to improve primary care
  • Ensure care delivery respects and meets the needs of providers and patients
  • Work towards achieving agreed upon outcome measures
  • Acknowledge and build on the strong foundation of previous local, regional and provincial work (e.g. GP for Me) and existing structures (e.g. Divisions, CSCs, GPSC, etc.)

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

From Our Community

Nancy J. Wood

Patient Partner, Sidney

Nancy J. Wood

I was thrilled to discover the Patient Voices Network, where the array of places to be the voice of a patient is vast and incredibly interesting. Besides my ongoing “gig” with the BC Emergency Medicine Network, I have enjoyed being involved in several one-off initiatives. I love working with professionals who genuinely value the perspectives of their patient partners.