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Member, Type 2 Diabetes Network Partnership Alliance Advisory Group

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
The Type 2 Diabetes Network is focused on sharing, developing and applying innovative, evidence-based population and clinical practices to prevent, delay or reverse this disease and improve outcomes for patients with type 2 diabetes in BC. Help provide strategic guidance to the Network as a member of the Type 2 Diabetes Partnership Alliance!


Lead Organization/Department
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

The role of the patient partner is to provide the patient perspective on Type 2 Diabetes as a person with lived experience or a family member or caregiver of someone with lived experience. To foster our grounding in the person- and family-centred care, membership will include a minimum of two people with diabetes.

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.

• Lived experience with Type 2 Diabetes (or close family member or care giver)
• Knowledge of prevention and management options an asset
• Comfort telling your story on prevention and management of Type 2 Diabetes
• Comfort with technology is an asset
• Ability to review documents as necessary outside of meetings is an asset
• Preference is for someone on the Island or in the North (rural or remote is an asset) to compliment the current locations from the other patient partners
• 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 Cathy Almost

• Number of vacancies: 1 (already 2 patient partners involved)
• Date and Time: Meetings are held four to six times a year.
• Location: Meetings will be conducted via WebEx/Zoom and in-person meetings may also be held as needed/possible, as determined by Partnership Alliance members.
• Commitment: over one year

No out of pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria, but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Cathy Almost at to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation. If travel is required, all pre-approved expenses would be covered by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council.


In partnership, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (the Council) and the Institute for Health System Transformation & Sustainability (IHSTS) sponsored the formation of this provincial network. Partnership Alliance members are selected to reflect geographical, sectoral and professional diversity as well as avoiding commercial interest.

Using a centrally managed network model, we aim to improve knowledge transfer and collaboration in order to promote dialogue towards action on type 2 diabetes. The benefits of the network approach include reduced duplication and fragmentation of work and greater coordination by member organizations and individuals while still leaving space for adaptation in the local context. Network partners will include thought leaders from all areas of the system including clinicians, researchers, policy makers, educators, behavioral scientists, community and business leaders and patients.

The key to the success of the Type 2 Diabetes Network is the commitment and participation of individuals and organizations working together. The Partnership Alliance plays an important role in the Network by providing overall strategic guidance. This includes the following responsibilities:
1. Collaborating on building a shared purpose and common understanding of objectives for the Type 2 Diabetes Network;
2. Championing and promoting the shared purpose of the Type 2 Diabetes Network;
3. Identifying and supporting opportunities to align individual and organizational work with the work of the Network;
4. Providing guidance to the sponsoring partners (Appendix A) as the work unfolds as it relates to key strategies and activities; and
5. Encouraging and supporting initiatives to accelerate efforts to have collective impact on the course of type 2 diabetes.

As members of the Partnership Alliance, patient partners will work with the rest of the group’s members to uphold the above responsibilities.


Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern Region

From Our Community

Christine Wallsworth

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Christine Wallsworth

Patient and family partners should not be a check box on research proposals! They need to be involved right from the start. I know patient and family partners are doing their part by providing their knowledge to researchers from their lived experience.  It’s a win-win for us to work together through PVN to make sure our input drives improvements.