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Patient Partner, Interior Health Research Ethics Board



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Interior Region


Volunteer Opportunity
Interior Health is seeking a patient partner to join their Research Ethics Board. The board meets monthly to review medical and social science research and ensure that the rights of research participants, who are often patients, are protected and respected.


Lead Organization/Department
Interior Health – Research Ethics Board

The Research Ethics Board provides independent multi-disciplinary ethical review of human research involving Interior Health (IH) facilities, programs, staff, students, patients or persons in care as participants. The patient partner fills a critical role by providing the perspective of a person with lived or living experience. Patient partners will attend monthly meetings and participate in the ethical review of research projects.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of collaborate (at a local community or program level) on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will look to you for advice in decision making, developing alternatives, and solutions and include your recommendations into the decision as much as possible.

• Open to patient partners from: Interior Health region.
• An interest in and understanding of health research and ethics as it relates to health research.
• A level of comfort with computers and familiar with using Zoom and/or MS Teams for virtual meetings.
• Please note:
– This opportunity, is not open to Interior Health staff members or patient partners who are currently employed by Interior Health.
– As connection and relationship building is important, we may like to meet virtually by Microsoft Teams with short listed patient partners as part of our selection process in an informal interview between the patient partner and the health care partner.
– Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Patient Partner Commitments form. 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.
– As required by the October 14, 2021 Public Health Order released by the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination is required to access any in-person meetings at a health care site. Proof of vaccination can be provided by way of a Vaccination Passport or Vaccination card, along with government issued photo ID. For patient partnership activities that are virtual only (via Zoom, video conference, phone, etc.), proof of vaccination is not required.

• Number of vacancies: 1 vacancy (a total of 2 patient partners sit on this board)
• Date/Time: The board meets on the first Thursday of each month, from 7:30 am to 9:00 am, except for August.
• Location: Virtually using Zoom.
• Commitment: 1 year with a possibility of extension.

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 Charmaine Niebergall to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

Currently there are 19 standing members and 1 substitute members on the board, representing a wide variety of disciplines. The board is looking to appoint one standing member, suitable for someone who can attend the majority of the meetings during the year. Members are appointed by the Interior Health President & CEO upon recommendation by the Board Chair.

Risks associated with this work are minimal and members are covered under the Health Authority’s insurance for any liability arising from the work of the board. Decisions are made by the board as a whole, not by individuals, further minimizing liability. The board reviews research pertaining to all varieties of care settings including acute and primary care, long-term care, community care, and outreach programs. In addition, we participate in the ethical review of research that takes place at multiple sites in the province of BC and may include Population Health research, Health Systems & Services research, or Clinical research.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Charmaine Niebergall Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Vancouver Island Region 778-700-2064

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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.