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Member, Geography 2 Quality Council

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Open to Vancouver Island Region, Patient partners in Nanaimo, Oceanside and Alberni-Clayoquot

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Geography 2 (Nanaimo, Oceanside, Alberni-Clayoquot) is seeking patient partners to join their Quality Council to help ensure the patient voice is represented when quality initiatives are discussed and decisions made. If you live in this area, read on and learn how you can get involved!

Open to: Patient partners in Nanaimo, Oceanside and Alberni-Clayoquot

Lead Organization or Department

Island Health / Geography 2


The Geography 2 (encompassing the communities of Nanaimo, Oceanside and Alberni-Clayoquot) Quality Council is part of a group of Island Health quality councils that are responsible to set and meet high standards of care and to maintain a continuous commitment to quality improvement. Patient partners will be invited to draw upon their experiences of care and community knowledge to provide feedback on items discussed at Council meetings. This will assist the council to better understand and consider the perspectives of patients and families, and to ensure that decisions and priorities reflect the needs and goals of patients we serve towards providing high-quality care.

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.


  • Patients or family partners who live in and have experience of health services in Geography 2.
  • Comfortable participating in committee and working group settings, including sharing lived experiences to assist the group to understand the impact of a decision on patients, families and the public.
  • Willing to attend meetings at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, Oceanside Health Centre and Westcoast General Hospital.
  • The placement process for this opportunity may include an informal interview between the volunteer and the health care partner.
  • Previous experience as part of committee or quality improvement project is an asset, but is not required
  • Please note:
    • This opportunity is not open to patient partners who are currently employed by Island Health.
    • Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ryan Sidorchuk directly to see if accommodations may be possible.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Date and time: Meetings are usually held monthly on one day for 3-4 hrs.
  • Location: Meetings will be held at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, Oceanside Health Centre or Westcoast General Hospital on a rotating basis; in-person attendance is preferred with teleconference access available if required.
  • Term: One year with the possibility of extension.
  • Commitment: Attendance at monthly meetings lasting 3-4 hours.
  • Materials will be provided one week prior to each meeting and should be reviewed in advance in order to contribute to the facilitated, decision-focused discussions. Review of meeting materials may take approximately 1 to 2 hours.


Local travel (mileage/parking) expenses as applicable according to Island Health rates will be reimbursed.


Island Health recognizes people are better served when planning and decisions are made with the needs of local communities in mind. Health services have been organized around four broad geographic areas based on where people live (population distribution), where Island Health provides care (concentration of staff) and distances between care locations. The Geography 2 Quality Council addresses the needs of people, sites and services within and around the Nanaimo, Oceanside and Alberni-Clayoquot areas. The Geography 2 Quality Council monitors service delivery, identifies improvement priorities and sets standards to ensure quality of care across the care continuum of hospital and community based services. The Council is co-chaired by the Administrative Director and Medical Director and includes clinicians, managers, patient partners, and representation from the quality and patient safety portfolio, as well as community-based clinicians and administrators. Learn more about Island Health’s quality councils.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Ashley Clark
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island

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