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Member, Geography 4 Quality Council – Island Health

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Vancouver Island Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
South Island (Greater Victoria, Westshore, Sooke, Saanich, and Esquimalt) is seeking patient partners to join the Geography 4 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.


Lead Organization/Department
Island Health

The Geography 4 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.

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.

Patient partners from South Vancouver Island who:
Are 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 via Zoom

Please note:
This opportunity is not open to patient partners who are currently employed by Island Health.
The placement process for this opportunity may include an informal interview between the volunteer and the health care partner.
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 Ashley Clark directly to see if accommodations may be possible.

• Number of vacancies: 2
Date and time: Meetings are usually held the third Wednesday of every month, between 8:00am-10:00am
Location: Meetings will be held at via Zoom during the Pandemic restrictions. If regulations allow, meetings may shift to in-person at Royal Jubilee Hospital in the future
Term: 1 year with the possibility of extension
Time Commitment: Attendance at monthly meetings lasting 2 hours
Materials will be provided one week prior to each meeting through an assigned Island Health email 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

If you would like to participate in this opportunity, but have concerns about your internet provider and data limit, please contact Ashley Clark ( and we can help identify solutions. Otherwise, no expenses are anticipated.

If meetings transition to in person, travel expenses (mileage and parking) may be reimbursed by Island Health.

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 4 Quality Council addresses the needs of people, sites and services within and around the Greater Victoria area, Westshore, Sooke and areas.

The Geography 4 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.

More information about Island Health’s quality councils or ‘Quality Structures’ available here.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

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

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.