Patient Engagement Opportunities

 The following projects are currently recruiting Patient Partners:

  • Maritime Health Research Summit
  • MSSU Governance Committees
  • NB-IRDT Data Research Committee
  • Weight Loss New Brunswick

Maritime Health Research Summit

We are looking for another Patient Partner to join an Operational Committee that is planning the next MSSU Annual Event. The gathering will be held over two days in late Spring or early Summer 2022 (dates to be determined). One day will be devoted to the MSSU Annual Meeting for MSSU staff and Patient Partners, and the other day will be the Maritime Health Research Summit (MHRS) open to the broader health care and research community. The focus for the MHRS is Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI); Sex and Gender; and Indigenous Engagement. The focus for the MSSU Annual Meeting will be determined by the Operational Committee. The committee will meet virtually once a month for approximately one hour. This may increase to bi-weekly as we move closer to the event.

If you would like to be involved in this opportunity, please contact Sharon Skaling at

Deadline to apply: October 13, 2021

MSSU Governance Committees

The MSSU is seeking Patient Partners to join three of our governance committees: the Executive Committee, the Scientific Leadership Committee, and the Nova Scotia Provincial Steering Committee. As a member of these governance committees, Patient Partners will attend regular scheduled meetings and provide important leadership for and feedback into the work of the MSSU. The Terms of Reference for each committee and fall meeting dates are as follows:

  • Executive Committee – meetings are one hour long and held bi-monthly. The next meeting is scheduled for November 16, 2021. Download ToR 
  • Scientific Leadership Committee – meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from 3-4 p.m.  Every third meeting is 3-4:30 p.m. The first meeting following the application deadline is scheduled for October 20, 2021 3-4pm. Download ToR 
  • NS Provincial Steering Committee – meetings are held on the first Thursday of every 2nd month from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  The next meeting is scheduled for October 7, 2021. Download ToR 

If you’re interested in joining one of the governance committees, please submit a completed Expression of Interest form. If you have any questions, please contact Shelley Strickland at To learn more about MSSU Leadership and Governance, visit:

Deadline to apply: September 30, 2021.

NB-IRDT Data Research Committee Working Group

The New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT) is seeking two New Brunswick residents to join their Data Research Committee (DRC) Working Group as Citizen Partners. The DRC Working Group reviews Data Access Requests, as well as review draft research reports prior to public release. Citizen Partners will attend regular meetings, which are typically held on the third Friday of every month, and provide feedback from a public perspective on the use of public data for research related to a variety of topics including health and health care, education and training, immigration, and poverty reduction. No direct experience is necessary, but an understanding of public policy and/or administrative data would be very helpful. Ideally, Citizen Partners will be able to commit to two-year term with the option to renew for up to 3 consecutive terms, although this is flexible.

Deadline to apply: Open until filled

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Weight Loss New Brunswick

Dr. Stephan Dombrowski from the Behaviour Change Lab at the University of New Brunswick is exploring the views of New Brunswickers regarding weight loss. This research aims to draw important conclusions about how the province can better support people who are trying to lose weight. A survey that collected the views of 1,100 New Brunswick residents has already been conducted. The researchers are seeking Patient Partners who are living in the Maritimes and are over the age of 19, regardless of their weight, since promoting health and wellness requires the input of everyone. Patient Partners will be involved with reviewing and interpreting the initial survey results, disseminating the findings of the survey, as well as identifying important areas for future research relating to weight loss in the Maritime provinces. The team is seeking several Patient Partners representing the diversity of the Maritime population. Please note that this is a non-MSSU opportunity. Patient partners will be compensated for their time and effort and any eligible expenses will be reimbursed.

Deadline to apply: September 30, 2021

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