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Patient Partner, Patient & Family Partnership in Leadership Interview Panel

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley

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Health care leaders make everyday decisions that influence the type of health care patients receive across BC. Become one of the patient partners sitting on the BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Patient and Family Partnership Leadership Interview Panel to ensure their decisions are person- and family-centred!

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley

Lead Organization or Department

Interprofessional Practice & Patient experience, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS)


To hire leaders that align with person- and family-centred care principles across BCMHSUS. Patient partners will ask questions and provide feedback to other hiring panel participants to ensure that what matters to patient and families is reflected in the final hiring decisions.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.


  • Live in or around the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley
  • Have a strong desire to ensure the experiences of patients and families are a key priority within BCMHSU
  • Preference will be given to those with experience as a client or family with the mental health or substance use care in BC
  • Prepared to review and analyze documents, contribute to interview processes, and provide recommendations in a rigorous and comprehensive manner
  • Comfortable with receiving requests for participation with short notice (1-3 weeks)
  • Have the courage and self-confidence to engage fully with others in strong leadership positions; express your thoughts and opinions, even if they represent a minority position on the panel; and ask questions when information is unclear
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 Jami Brown directly.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Location: In Vancouver at the corporate headquarters of BCMHSUS
  • Date/time: Late June/July initially, possibility of a repeated experience
  • Commitment: To be determined, in consultation with patient partners


Parking fees and mileage will be reimbursed. Meals on the day of the interview will be provided or reimbursed. Mileage & parking & transit costs will be reimbursed (can take up to 4 weeks for reimbursement) Further discussion of compensation will take place directly with Patient Partners


BCMHSUS is on a journey to engage with patients and families. Ensuring we hire leaders that see person- and family-centred care as a priority is an important part of that journey. Our interview panel will be the executive director for interprofessional practice & patient experience and other leaders from within the organization. Interview guides, resumes etc. will be provided at the time of the interview.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

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Cherie Mercer

Patient Partner, New Aiyansh

Cherie Mercer

I have learned so much about innovation and capacity building by being part of PVN. I signed up to build my leadership skills, however, I experience benefits for myself, my community and Indigenous peoples throughout the province. I understand more about the complexities and opportunities required to improve health care.