While I first became a member in October 2016, I’ve been the secretary of the Officers’ Committee of the CHU Sainte-Justine Users’ Committee since January 2017. This short, but very rewarding learning experience led to my becoming the co-chair.
I’m aware that this new position will be a challenge in terms of keeping up the great work done by the outgoing chair to give credibility and recognition to the committee, which I’m committed to doing. I believe very strongly in the Committee’s mission and in its support for users and their families. I feel privileged to be a part of such a committee, because I believe in the importance of support and of defending users’ rights.
My work, as well as my personal experience as the parent of a sick daughter have taught me the meaning of empowerment and that we all have the power to change our lives. Knowing our rights and responsibilities allows us to act more effectively and, as a result, always do better.
We are fortunate to have a pediatric hospital like Sainte-Justine that provides leading edge services, which is why input from parents and patients is so vital to showcasing the hospital’s strengths and limitations in the aim of improving services for our children. I believe in this synergy, which needs to take place through a medium like the CHU Sainte-Justine Users’ Committee.