The Patient Advisory Panel is composed of 11 volunteer members from across BC. Panel 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 Panel 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.
Stella Cheng (Richmond)
is a volunteer from the Patient Voices Network. She brings a patient perspective as an Asian immigrant who has been a part of the Richmond, BC community for the past twenty years. Stella has supported health care organizations as an undergraduate researcher at the University of BC and as a management consultant at KPMG.
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 as a Human Resource and Employee Relations Consultant. She also has several years’ experience as an Employee Advocate and held multiple managerial positions with CIBC. Since her retirement, Marilyn has served as a volunteer member 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 many advocacy groups including the BC Office of the Seniors Advocate and the BC Patient Voices Network.
Chad 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 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.
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.
Hayley 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.