April 16 – 22 is National Volunteer Week! This year’s theme is Volunteering Weaves us Together, which is very true for BC Renal. Most of our volunteer opportunities involve collaboration among health professionals and patient partners as well as people of many different professional disciplines and lived experiences.
As the Volunteer Canada website says, “Volunteering weaves us together, strengthening the fabric of our community by sharing our time, talent and energy to support one another…Like each individual thread makes weaving stronger, every volunteer’s experience, perspective, and abilities add to our collective resilience.”
“BC Renal has a lot to be grateful for during National Volunteer week as we reflect on the valuable participation of the many health professionals and patient partners contributing to our work,” says Helen Chiu, BC Renal quality lead, patient-centred performance improvement. “These individuals generously volunteer their time and energy with multiple provincial committees and initiatives that affect the health system as a whole and various aspects of kidney care. By doing so, they are helping to optimize patient outcomes and experiences around the province.”
“The efforts of every single volunteer make a difference to how we approach our work, weaving in various knowledge, expertise and unique lived experiences,” says Dr. Adeera Levin, BC Renal executive director. Because of our volunteers, we are able to have a diversity of voices, representing different parts of the province and different perspectives. Thank you to each of you for your commitment and your generosity of time!”
BC Renal volunteer positions are essentially unpaid. However, volunteers are compensated for travel and accommodation, etc. on an as-needed basis and patient partners are offered an honorarium as a token of appreciation.
To learn more about BC Renal’s various provincial committees, see Our Committees