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Member, Kootenay Boundary Patient Advisory Committee (PACC Committee)



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Interior Region


The PACC Committee is an ongoing committee of 8-12 people that collaborates with the KB Division of Family Practice, Interior Health and other health care partners to strengthen health care and patient engagement in the KB region. The PACC works to increase patients’ influence on health care system change, promotes patient engagement, and encourages people to be active and effective participants in their health care and the health care system.

The PACC is seeking 4 new patient partners who are Kootenay Boundary residents, particularly those who live in the Arrow Lakes, Slocan Valley, East Shore, Boundary, or North Kootenay Lake OR who are First Nations, Metis or Inuit, or a member of an underrepresented ethnic or identity-based group. By having more patients participate in the PACC, we can better represent the diversity of patient voices in our communities.

The PACC meets virtually once a month (10 months/year) with an in-person option for one meeting. Some business is conducted via email between meetings.

The PACC has a strategic plan that guides its work and a KBPACC website,, for more information. The strategic plan link is on the website.

By joining the PACC Committee, you will be part of a passionate group of 8-12 volunteer citizens who help make a difference in health care in the KB region. The PACC is an ongoing committee that recruits new patient partners from time to time to maintain a strong representation of the Kootenay Boundary population.

The PACC Committee has been providing input on health care in the Kootenay Boundary since 2019. In 2021, it developed a 3-year strategic plan that includes expanding the Committee. The PACC Committee advances its strategic goals for strengthening patient engagement; provides input on timely topics from health care providers, researchers and leaders; and has opportunities to participate in learning events. In addition, the PACC partners with the Selkirk College Pre Med Program to strengthen the knowledge base about patient engagement and health care in our region.

The PACC Committee is a working group of the Kootenay Boundary Collaborative Services Committee (CSC), composed of representatives from the KB Division of Family Practice, Interior Health, patients and First Nations. The CSC mandate is to transform the regional and local health care system into an integrated system of care. The PACC Committee provides input into decisions and discussions of the CSC and programs and projects under its umbrella. Much of the PACC’s work relates to primary care but, given the PACC’s relationship to the KB Collaborative Services Committee (CSC), the scope of questions and input could include acute, community or long term care settings.

The PACC Committee is supported by a small team from the KB Division of Family Practice and Interior Health. See for more information.

PACC Committee Terms of Reference
PACC Committee Ground Rules

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of Collaborate on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.


  • Previous committee/working group experience
  • Have access to technology and the internet to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Comfortable using technology to attend online/virtual meetings
  • An interest in improving health care services
  • The time to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Member of the Kootenay Boundary region, particularly: - residing in Arrow Lakes, Slocan Valley, East Shore, Boundary or North Kootenay Lake, OR - First Nations, Metis or Inuit, or a member of an underrepresented ethnic or identity-based group Comfortable providing advice and collaborating with health system partners Comfortable communicating via email Respects diversity, differing opinions, privacy and confidentiality

Patient Partners ARE required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Ruth Beck
PACC Support Person, Patient Engagement | KB Division of Family Practice
(604) 373-9466

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.