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Member, Gender Inclusive Regional Strategy Shared Work Team

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners in Fraser Health communities

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Treating all members of society with dignity and respect when receiving health care is a sign of an exemplary health care organization. Fraser Health is seeking two patient partners to help them develop a gender inclusive regional strategy to guide and enhance safe and compassionate care across all health care services in the region.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities

Lead Organization or Department

Fraser Health, Ethics Services


We aim to strengthen our commitment to providing safe and compassionate care to all members of our community by creating a gender inclusive strategy for Fraser Health. The patient partner will work in partnership with the organization, share their perspective and help develop a gender inclusive framework including supporting resources.

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.  


  • Have familiarity with gender inclusivity and health care
  • Are experienced working in a group setting
  • Are comfortable sharing their experiences
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.


Number: 2 patient partners Date/Time: Late September, date/times TBD with all members Commitment: roughly 5, 2.5-hour meetings for 7 months to one year Location: Combination of in-person and teleconference.  In-person meetings with be at Central City, Surrey


Pre-approved expenses related to travel to in person meetings will be reimbursed according to the Fraser Health Travel policy (including mileage, parking, tolls and/or public transit).


This regional opportunity was identified through local work happening at the Jim Pattison Outpatient and Surgery Centre related to gender inclusivity, specifically the transgender community. As this work became more well-known, it led Fraser Health senior leadership to look for a regional approach to gender inclusivity. Ethics Services will be facilitating the process and the executive sponsor is the Vice President, Patient Experience. Other members of the shared work team will include operations leaders, physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, communication specialists, a Transcare BC representative and others. Due to the sensitivity of the content discussed, the Ethics team will lead conversations and set clear rules of engagement that include respect, defined as: treating each other kindly, gently and well; listening to understand another's perspective; and coming to engage. Terms of reference will be created as part of the group's initial deliverables. The group will use the Good Decisions toolkit to inform their decision-making. Having a patient adviser on this group will be critical to its success. The end goal is to create a culture that is inclusive, safe and respectful of the diverse community that we serve. Having representation from the community to help us ensure that we are focusing our efforts appropriately.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jami Brown
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Fraser Valley

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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.