The BC-PHCRN Patient Advisory is composed of 10 volunteer members from across BC. Members review and provide input on research projects based on their personal experience as a patients, share information with their networks, and support and advise the Advisory Committee and the BC-PHCRN leadership. The Patient Advisory is currently engaged in designing a provincial primary health care priority setting project, with leadership from BC-PHCRN research partner Dr. Ruth Lavergne, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.
Yaron Butterfield (Vancouver) has been a cancer genomics researcher at the BC Cancer Agency’s Genome Sciences Centre for over 17 years. He is also a long term survivor of brain cancer and has volunteered in a number of capacities to help the brain tumour community in BC. Yaron co-chairs the Patient and Family Advisory Committee at the BC Cancer Agency for those living with brain cancer. He has also been a Patient Navigator, meeting newly diagnosed patients and giving them hope at the beginning of their journey.
Regina Cid (Richmond)
has more than twenty years’ experience in research and evaluation, first in engineering and later in the health care sector, working on statistical analysis and quality improvement projects. She is an associate member of Winnipeg’s Victoria General Hospital Research & Evaluation Team.
Marilyn Culbert (Kamloops)
had a long and successful banking career prior to retiring in 2006, working primarily in human resources and employee relations. She also has several years’ experience as an Employee Advocate. Since retirement, she has served on several boards and committees, including the Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta and Face to Face, a group dedicated to mentoring and providing job shadowing experiences to persons with disabilities. She also volunteers with advocacy groups including the BC Office of the Seniors Advocate and the BC Patient Voices Network.
Penny Henderson (Terrace)
is a former nurse who worked in many roles. She also has experience as a user of the health care system, and wants to help improve the system.
Brenda Jagroop (Vancouver)
is a UBC Engineering graduate whose greatest enjoyment is training dogs. Brenda became interested in healthcare subsequent to personal health difficulties. She has been involved in patient partner volunteer activities in a variety of areas, including mental health, healthcare ethics, and complex chronic conditions. Her participation in the UBC Health Mentors program is something she finds particularly rewarding.
Kent Cadogan Loftsgard (Vancouver)
contributes his lifelong experience of cerebral palsy and asthma, his endless efforts as a patient advocate and caregiver, and his diverse professional expertise in health media production, health specialty journalism, interdisciplinary health care education, and health research to complement the Network’s collaborative efforts to improve the quality and availability of primary care.