Patient Advisory

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 ButterfieldYaron 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 CidRegina 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 CulbertMarilyn 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.


Chad DickieChad Dickie (Victoria) is a member of the Fort Nelson First Nation and a part-time student at the University of Victoria. As a Patient Partner, he brings personal lived experience with chronic disease, complex medical conditions, and health system utilization. As a member of the Patient Advisory Panel, Chad believes patient engagement is essential to health care research and policy development.

Tara FitzgeraldTara Fitzgerald (Campbell River) is a quality improvement enthusiast and community volunteer dedicated to strengthening primary care. Tara currently works with the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. She brings to this committee a decade of experience in community based research and evaluation in BC, Manitoba, Kenya and Zambia.

nophotoPenny 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 JagroopBrenda 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 LoftsgardKent 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.

Hayley PelletierHayley Pelletier (Port Coquitlam) completed her Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Ottawa in 2016, and has since been working as a research assistant at the University of BC. Hayley is involved with a number of initiatives focused on reducing health care inequities among Canadians, and enjoys the beautiful scenery that BC has to offer.

nophotoRavin Singh (Vancouver) wants to improve the lives of patients in acute and community care. She holds degrees in health sciences and health administration and has worked in research and project management for health clinics and hospitals in Vancouver and overseas.
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