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Experts by Experience

Advocating for Canadians who Live with Pain

People with Lived Experience (PWLE) provide The Canadian Pain Society with valuable insights and the continuous support needed to further our vision.

 

People with Lived Experience share their impactful stories, offer adviceand strategies for managing pain, and help to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by those living with chronic pain. Additionally, they also participate in our ongoing research projects and bring their unique perspective to our Board, Committees, and Leadership Teams.

 

Side by side,  those with lived experience and The Canadian Pain Society can help to create a better future for those  living with chronic pain.

Chair

Virginia McIntyre 

Nova Scotia

‣  People with Lived Experience Committee

‣  Commnications Committee 

Vice Chair

Jennifer Daly-Cyr 

Ontario

‣  People with Lived Experience Committee 

‣  Scientific Programs Committee

‣  National Pain Rounds

    

Tara Moss

British Columbia

‣  Our 2023 Pain Champion

‣ Communications Committee

    

Therese Lane

Ontario

‣  Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

    

Sandra Woods

Québec

‣  Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

    

Janice Sumpton

Ontario

‣  People with Lived Experience Committee 

    

Lesley Singer

Québec

‣  Scientific Programs Committee

    

Emeralda Burke

Ontario

‣  Awards and Grants Committee

    

Carley Ouellette

Ontario

‣  Scientific Programs Committee

    

Laurie Proulx

Ontario

‣  Awards and Grants Committee

    

Vina Mohabir

Ontario

‣  Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

    

Patricia Simmons

New Brunswick

‣  Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

Our People with Lived Experience

All Canadian Pain Society committees include people with lived pain experience.  Each member brings their expertise from experiences and strives to uphold and maintain the integrity of the organization as dedicated volunteers.

Working with Pain Canada

Home-base for the eight million people in Canada living with chronic pain and creates new opportunities for action by connecting people, ideas, organizations, and resources to enable a national movement.

Health Canada's Report: An Action Plan for Pain in Canada

Pain Canada was created in response to Health Canada’s 2021 report An Action Plan for Pain in Canada. Among many other recommendations, the Action Plan called for national mechanisms to improve coordination, create community capacity, develop and disseminate pain-related guidance and best practices and to enable collaboration among governments, regulators and health professional organizations, people with lived experience, non-governmental organizations, researchers, employers, and other stakeholders with a role to play in the Action Plan’s implementation.

 

>>  Read the Full Report

Our Work within the Canadian Pain Society

The purpose of the Canadian Pain Society (CPS)  Person with Lived Experience (PWLE) inclusion is to uphold the vision and mission of the CPS by providing a formal mechanism for integrating the lived experience perspective of pain and expertise at all levels within CPS. While they may hold roles outside of CPS committees, the primary role of PWLE within CPS Committees is to bring their expertise and perspective of a person with lived pain experience. 

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