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Because your voice matters.

Member, Collaborative Services Committee (Kootenay Boundary)



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Interior Region


Volunteer Opportunity
Would you like a seat at the table transforming health care in the Kootenay Boundary?


Lead Organization/Department
Interior Health – Clinical Operations

The purpose is to have patient participation on the Collaborative Services Committee. 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. 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 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.

• Live in the Kootenay Boundary
Able to attend a 3 hour morning meeting during the work week once per month, excluding August
Experience working at a strategic level
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Email address with access to a computer
Experience with or willingness to learn a video conferencing platform such as Zoom

• Number of patients: 1
Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, 8:30 – 11:30
Meetings are held either virtually or, when able, in Castlegar (KBA office-813 10th street)
This work is expected to continue for over a year

Mileage will be reimbursed, other expenses will be considered (pre-approval is required).

The opportunity came about as a result of the desire to improve patient engagement within our work. We have had a patient partner for several years and would like to strengthen the patient contribution by adding a second patient partner.

This committee is a joint committee between IH, KB Divisions of Family Practice and GPSC. It is comprised of the Divisions of Family Practice (physicians (GP), Division staff) and Interior Health staff ( KB Executive Director/Director as well as select managers, all from Acute, Community, Long Term Care, Mental Health and Allied(physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dieticians to name a few).

Risk – confidentiality is key; Mitigation – review of expectations
Risk – Patient partner’s ability to understand strategic high level conversation; lack of ability might result in possible disengagement
Mitigation – An orientation and ongoing availability of a CSC member (Interior Health’s Transformation Lead) to review meeting content and answer patient partner questions. The orientation will include a partner from the KB Division of Family Practice.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.