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Member, Comox Valley Primary Care Network Steering Committee

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Open to Vancouver Island Region, Patient partners in the Comox Valley area

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The Comox Valley Primary Care Network is moving ahead with a new governance model and a steering committee is being formed. We’re seeking two patient partner strategic thinkers who can see the big picture and bring the patient voice in a collaborative fashion.

Open to: Patient partners in the Comox Valley area

Lead Organization or Department

Island Health, Strategic Initiatives


The vision for the integrated system of care is to create a coordinated delivery system for primary and community care that is person-centred, effective in meeting population and patient needs, and delivers a quality service experience for patients and their families – a system that is easy to understand for those who use it and those who work in it. Primary Care Networks are foundational to achieving this vision. Patient partners will be an integral part of the decision making process that will effect patient care in the Comox Valley, working with the three partners - Division of Family Practice, Island Health and the First Nations Health Authority. They will attend the steering committee meetings, listen to and make recommendations, engage in discussion and be part of the decision making process.

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.


  • Ability to look at the big picture while bringing your own or another's experience to inform discussion and/or decision-making
  • Experience with a steering committee would be an asset
  • Experience with strategic planning would be an asset
  • Comfort working in a fast paced environment with physicians, directors and leaders
  • Ability to commit to the meeting schedule
  • Any experience with primary and community care would be an asset
  • Please note:
    • This opportunity is not open to patient partners who are currently employed by Island Health.
    • 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 your engagement leader directly to see if accommodations may be possible.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Meetings will usually be held at the Comox Valley Hospital (in-person).
  • Meetings will be approximately 2 times/month lasting 2-3 hours/meeting
  • Duration of project will be over a year
  • Specific dates and times to be determined with the first meeting date in late April or early May


Local travel (mileage/parking) expenses as applicable according to Island Health rates will be reimbursed. Further information will be shared with successful candidates.


The Comox Valley Primary Care Network is a new partnership between the Division of Family Practice, Island Health and First Nations Health Authority. As we start our implementation phase, we are morphing into a new governance model which includes a steering committee (decision-making body), a sharing network (a large group of partner and community representatives who will make recommendations to the steering committee) and a variety of working groups. We're currently confirming the Terms Of Reference for each group. This committee is the final decision-making body and with 11 members total, plans to be nimble. There will be a greater time-commitment at the beginning, likely two meetings a month to start, over the next 6-12 months, then tapering off somewhat. See the PCN Governance draft.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Ashley Clark
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island

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