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Member, Senior Wellness Working Group

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Vancouver Island Region, patient partners from the Campbell River area

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Volunteer Opportunity
Have your say in improving the coordinated care of seniors in the Campbell River region! Join us on the Senior Wellness Working Group.


Lead Organization/Department
Campbell River Facility Engagement Initiative

This collaborative working group seeks to improve the experience of health care for seniors, with a focus on acute care and community physicians. The group hopes to better understand and support the current needs and priorities of all physicians who care for senior patients in community and in hospital. Patient partners will be collaborating with the working group, providing insights and feedback on the current experience and guide acute care providers as we move towards change. The working group will explore what the current experience is, identify changes that benefit both patients and physicians, and make decisions as to what proposed changes should be trialed. There will also be a post trial survey to determine outcomes.

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.

• Open to patient partners from: the Campbell River area of Vancouver Island
• A senior (65 years or older), or primary care giver of a senior who:
Was a patient in hospital or a resident in a long term care facility AND
– is engaged with physicians in the clinic setting or
– may have tried to access seniors resources within the community

• Comfortable sharing your personal health care experiences and your opinions in a collaborative environment
• Familiar with virtual meetings, such as using Zoom
• Please note:
– This opportunity, as with all Island Health patient engagement opportunities, is not open to Island Health staff members or patient partners who are currently employed by Island Health. If you have questions regarding this, please email
– 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 Charmaine Niebergall directly to see if accommodations may be possible.

• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date/Time: 1 x per month, early evening (exact days and times to be determined), additional time before meetings will be required to review agendas, minutes and attachments.
– First meeting will be 3 hours long, with subsequent meetings being 1 hour long.
• Location: In-person, when possible, in the boardroom of the Campbell River General Hospital or virtually by Zoom when in-person is not possible.
• Commitment: 1 year

If applicable, mileage will be reimbursed. Meal expenses and other reimbursements will be considered.

The Senior Wellness Working Group is in collaboration with the Campbell River Family Practitioners, specialists, Island Health leadership from Campbell River General Hospital, representation from the Campbell River Facility Engagement Initiative, and the Campbell River and District Division of Family Practice. Patient partners will be full, collaborative members of the working group team. This working group follows the prior work lead by Dr Caitlyn McFadden, the Island Health GEO 1 lead for seniors programs, that has focused on seniors wellness and activities that support improved seniors outcomes.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Charmaine Niebergall
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island

From Our Community

Pamela Jessen

Patient Partner, Langford

Pamela Jessen

The Patient Voices Network allows me to engage and educate others on various health-related topics. By sitting on various committees and taking part in many activities, I can create real change in health care for everyone. It’s so empowering!