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Member, Medical Assistance in Dying Steering Committee

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in the Interior Health region

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In June of 2016 the federal government legalized medical assistance in dying (MAiD). Since then, Interior Health has worked with provincial partners and other stakeholders to establish a MAiD Coordination Centre. The program has a newly formed Steering Committee and Interior health invites patient partners to collaborate in this next phase as a MAiD Steering Committee member.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior Health region

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health - Medical Assistance in Dying


We wish to have a patient voice on our Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Steering Committee to ensure we are making decisions and considering future directions of MAiD in Interior Health that incorporates the ideas and concerns of patients.

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.


Experience with a family member or friend who has requested and or received MAiD is ideal. 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.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Format: Tele/video conference. The Steering Committee meets every two months for 1.5 hours by phone. We are a virtual team with members from all across Interior Health.
  • Commitment: 1 year with option to extend.


Expenses will not be incurred to participate on this committee.


In June of 2016 the federal government legalized medical assistance in dying. At this time the provinces mandated that Health Authorities establish MAiD Coordination Centre’s. Interior Health complied and maintains close ties with the Ministry of Health to ensure appropriate monitoring and compliance. As MAiD has recently moved for project to program status in Interior Health we have newly formed a Steering Committee. This is the perfect time to collaborate with a patient voice. Additional members of the committee will be:
  • MAiD Program Staff
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Executive Medical Director
  • Acute, Community, Allied Operations Leaders
  • Program support – Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Project Management
Note: MAiD can be a sensitive topic and there are those who object for religious, philosophical and moral reasons.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jacquelyne Foidart
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Thompson Cariboo


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