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Member, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Steering Committee, Central Okanagan

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Deadline: Open until filled

Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in the Central Okanagan area

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Do you want to help improve the lives of people who suffer from lung disease? If so, please consider participating in this steering committee.

Open to: Patient partners in the Central Okanagan area


Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health


To engage two patient partners on the committee which oversees hospital and community chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD) rehabilitation in the Central Okanagan.

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.


  • Preferably someone with heart or lung disease who can relate to the needs of the patients accessing the rehabilitation service in the Central Okanagan
  • Able to attend meetings and meet the requirements of the role on the committee
  • Preferably someone who uses exercise as part of their treatment as the focus of this committee is rehabilitation (exercise and education) of people with lung disease
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
  • The first meeting will be held in early February, it is expected that meetings will be held on Monday mornings but will be adjusted to meet the schedule of all participants
  • Location: Meetings will be held at Kelowna General Hospital or by teleconference
  • Commitment: This is an ongoing committee, it is hoped that patient partners will continue on the committee for at least a one year period but there is flexibility if they would like a shorter term.


The only expense which is anticipated is parking. The health care partner is currently looking for approval to cover this expense.


The steering committee will oversee our hospital and community COPD rehabilitation classes which take part in several gyms in Kelowna and West Kelowna. The program has grown considerably in the past 2-3 years and the intent is to set up a steering committee to guide practice and policy. The committee will be composed of health professionals, doctors, other health care staff and two patient partners. There is strong evidence that for those suffering from COPD that rehabilitation is a best practice intervention. The program currently supports:
  • 48 slots in our hospital classes
  • 50-80 patient slots in Community gyms – Parkinson Rec Center, Johnson-Bentley Aquatic Centre
  • Patients graduate to exercising on their own

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Carol Stathers
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Okanagan, Interior Region


This opportunity will be open until it is filled.


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