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Oversight Committee Member, Canadian Institute for Patient-oriented Research (SPOR) Fraser Health-Simon Fraser University Regional Centre

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners in Fraser Health communities

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Be involved in guiding cutting-edge, patient-centred research across Fraser Health by helping shape its future. Join Fraser Health and Simon Fraser University researchers in their quest to include the patients’ voice at all parts of the Regional Centre’s operations. Share your experiences and be a part of tomorrow’s improved patient-centred care for all.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities

Lead Organization or Department

Fraser Health Research & Simon Fraser University


The patient partner will contribute their advice to the development of the centre activities and ensure outcomes are met. They will provide a valuable perspective to ensuring that research remains patient-centred. The patient role would be to help ensure that the FH-SFU regional centre deliverables are being met (e.g. to receive reports for comment); to identify areas for improvement if outputs are not being achieved; to represent the patient voice on the governance committee so that patient interests are always considered throughout implementation; and to contribute to high level planning if required.

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 volunteers from communities in Fraser Health
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience with leadership committees and knowledge of research helpful, but not essential
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. Please note: a meet and greet with the team will be conducted prior to confirmation of patient partner


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Dates, Times & Location will be determined by committee members, including the patient volunteer
  • One-year term, with the possibility of renewal


Preapproved expenses related to travel to in person meetings will be reimbursed according to the Fraser Health Travel Policy (including mileage, parking up to $10/day, public transit).


The CIHR Strategy for Patient-oriented Research (SPOR) is built on the premise that research will be more relevant, and therefore more helpful in terms of improving the health care delivery system and thereby health status, if patients are involved at the very beginning of research planning in setting priorities, developing research questions, and participating on research teams. In order for SPOR to be implemented in BC, Fraser Health is part of the provincial collaborative which will be receiving approximately $2 million over 5 years in partnership with Simon Fraser University. The governance for the FH-SFU regional centre will include FH and SFU research representatives.  However, in order to ensure that the goals of the regional centre are aligned appropriately with the patient-centred orientation of SPOR, we would like to include a patient volunteer, who could provide feedback on behalf of FH patients. Other representatives on this ‘oversight’ committee will be Susan Chunick, Director, Department of Evaluation and Research Service, Dr. Sonia Singh, Regional Medical Director, Research and Academic Development, Dr. John O’Neil (PhD), Dean Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU and Dr. Norbert Haunerland (PhD), Associate VP Research, SFU, and a yet to be identified SFU faculty member.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jami Brown
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Fraser Valley

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Nancy J. Wood

Patient Partner, Sidney

Nancy J. Wood

I was thrilled to discover the Patient Voices Network, where the array of places to be the voice of a patient is vast and incredibly interesting. Besides my ongoing “gig” with the BC Emergency Medicine Network, I have enjoyed being involved in several one-off initiatives. I love working with professionals who genuinely value the perspectives of their patient partners.