Regional Advisors and Advocates

Advocating for you in your communities

Doctors of BC’s Regional Advisors and Advocates (RAAs) advocate for physicians in the communities where you live and work. In addition to advocacy, they act as a first point of contact between members and key partners who are seeking services or support from Doctors of BC. And because the RAAs are based in regions around the province, they know and understand opportunities and challenges in your areas.

On behalf of physicians, your RAA will:

  1. Advocate with and for you on local opportunities and issues
  2. Ensure you are kept informed about, and understand, Doctors of BC initiatives and issues of importance to you and the profession
  3. Serve you by connecting you to the services, programs and benefits provided by Doctors of BC

On behalf of partners, your RAA will:

  1. Help connect you with Doctors of BC staff and/or programs in your region
  2. Ensure you are kept informed about, and understand, new Doctors of BC initiatives and programs, as well as important issues affecting you, your region and doctors in your region
  3. Act as your one point of contact, helping connect you with the right people to answer your questions

Get to know your Regional Advisor and Advocate (RAA):

Sarah%20TaghipourMs Sara Taghipour, Fraser: No call or question I receive is ever the same – different areas have different challenges and there’s no custom answer for it all. But that is what I love about my job, problem-solving for each unique situation. The one commonality I see in all of the communities I serve though is the importance of patient care. In helping doctors find solutions and overcome their challenges, I feel I’m indirectly helping patients and indirectly improving people’s lives. And this is why I feel good about what I do. Contact me here.

Brent%20WeissMr Brent Weiss, Interior: Working with doctors to help them achieve their goals and improve patient care makes me feel as though I’m indirectly contributing to the delivery of care. I love that part of my job and I love the regional aspect – the different communities, the unique needs and the mix of rural and urban sites. In my role I’ve helped improve doctors’ work environments and inter-physician relationships which in turn lets them focus on what matters most – patient care. And if I can make any small change, for one doctor or a group of doctors, to me that is success. Contact me here

Allyson%20MillerMs Allyson Miller, Island: Every day I have the privilege of working with doctors and experiencing first-hand how much they care for their patients. Our collaboration is a real partnership – one that addresses doctors’ concerns, the issues they face in their communities and their patient care needs. Together, we are working towards a common goal and truly benefiting the community in which we work and live in a way that has already led to positive results and changes for everyone involved. Contact me here.

Holly%20PastoralMs Holly Pastoral, North: I love the diversity of my work, and using the knowledge I gain to help foster and grow positive change in the communities I serve. One of the most important things I can do is share stories and experiences to help move change forward. So I want doctors to know that when they come to me with ideas or concerns and ask for my support, I communicate that information to the right people. This has helped successfully improve processes and collaboration with all of our partners and stakeholders. Contact me here.

Lana%20KorschMs Svjetlana (Lana) Korch, Vancouver & Coast: The most meaningful aspect of my job is the ability to positively impact workplace health. As a nurse for more than 16 years, I experienced first-hand some of the challenges health care providers face and I saw what changes need to happen to address them. Now as a RAA, I want to be a part of that change. I know that when doctors are healthy and happy – when they feel cared for and supported by their system – that’s when patient care is impacted in a positive way. Being able to support this, even if it’s case-by-case, is very rewarding. Contact me here.