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Patient and Family Representatives

We need patients and families like you to help us understand what your needs and priorities are when it comes to care and service, and to give us your perspectives in what we do well, and what we could be doing better. We are looking for Partners from all backgrounds, age groups, and experiences. Parents, guardians, current patients, former patients, siblings, grandparents, partners, sons, daughters, other support persons. All your voices are important and needed.

This role can range from being a member of an Advisory Council to working with committees, project teams, or operations groups.  Commitment can involve a monthly meeting, with email correspondence and preparation between meetings. Some short-term projects may involve more frequent meeting times. Some groups are more formal or informal than others.

These are volunteer roles, however parking expenses and child care expenses (as required) are covered in exchange for your valuable time.

Available roles

The following is a list of current Patient and Family Partner Role opportunities you might be interested in. They will be updated on a regular basis as new opportunities become available, and removed as positions are filled.

Call for Patient and Family Partners
IWK Health Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Interdisciplinary Council (HOIC)

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How to apply

Becoming a Patient and Family Partner at the IWK requires:

  • Meeting our General Criteria 
  • Filling out an application
  • An informal interview
  • Connecting with our Volunteer Resources Department for criminal background and child abuse registry checks, confidentiality paperwork, ID and parking pass
  • Training (1-2 hrs) and background orientation to the work at hand so you can comfortably fit right in.

If you’re interested in becoming a Patient and Family Partner at IWK Health, please complete the General Application for Patient and Family Partner and indicate which role(s) interest you. If you do not feel a fit with the current opportunities, but are still interested in becoming a Patient and Family Partner, please apply and indicate your areas of interest—perhaps based on your experience as a patient/family member, or your professional experience. New roles pop up frequently.

IWK Patient and Family Partner General Application
IWK Patient and Family Partner General Application (pdf)

If you have any questions or want some more information, please contact or call 902-470-6896.