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Member, BC Cancer Working Group on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE)

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Would you like the opportunity to work with BC Cancer to help them achieve their goal of providing a safe space for gender and sexual inclusivity? If yes, please consider completing an RSVP for this working group on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGIE).

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

BC Cancer, Patient Experience Program


BC Cancer is committed to providing a safe space for gender and sexual inclusivity. Working group members will • Review patient education materials • Provide education to staff, and • Work on promoting inclusive environments Hearing from patients or family members/caregivers with lived experience is vital in achieving the working group’s goals.

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.


Open to patient partners across the province who: • Have experience of cancer or cancer care as a patient, family member of caregiver • Are LGBTQIA2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, and other affirmative ways in which people choose to self-identify) • Experience of participating in committees or working groups is preferred 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 Cassy Mitchell.


• Number of vacancies: 4 • Date and Time: Monthly meetings the second Tuesday of every month from 1-2pm • Location: Teleconference • Commitment: 7 months to 1 year


No expenses anticipated - a toll free telephone number will be provided.


The SOGIE working group is comprised of BC Cancer staff and patient partners. We: • Collaborate with programs, departments, and regional cancer centres to ensure physical space is safe and welcoming for gender and sexual inclusivity • Work to ensure that patient education materials are inclusive • Support learning events and develop resources for BC Cancer staff to increase knowledge and skills to support gender and sexual inclusivity • Advocate for resources that support the provision of care that is gender and sexually inclusive • Draft policies/procedures to facilitate gender and sexual inclusiveness • Provide advice and share our best practices with the health care sector, and • Promote BC Cancer as an inclusive space Terms of Reference

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Cassy Mitchell
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement

From Our Community

Lucie Neliba

Patient Partner, Surrey

Lucie Neliba

The Patient Voices Network has connected me to a community with the same drive to bring person- and family-centred care to the forefront. I am grateful for all opportunities I have been a part of thanks to PVN, which positively impacts patients like my sister and their caregivers. No matter how small, all patient engagement will help shape the future of health care and that I can stand behind