Patient & Family Engagement Committee

Patient and Family Engagement Committee



We Value Your Input

We support a patient and family centred approach to health care. To ensure our patients are at the centre of everything we do, we need to hear from them and their families.


What is the Patient and Family Engagement Committee?

The Patient and Family Engagement Committee is a partnership between patients and families and the WDMH leadership team. Our goal is to improve quality of care and the patient experience.


The Patient and Family Engagement Committee will:

  • Provide input to the hospital leadership team on practices and initiatives related to patient and family centred care.
  • Provide feedback on items referred to the Committee, including policies, procedures, care practices, materials and communication strategies.
  • Participate in the annual development and review of the hospital’s Quality Improvement Plan.
  • Respond to requests to partner on committees, project teams, task forces, and working groups related to enhancing the patient experience.
  • Provide feedback on education, policy, and program development relevant to the Committee at the corporate, program/department or unit level.
  • Provide the Senior Management Team with an annual report outlining the Committee’s work.
In addition to the PFEC, patients and families sit on various hospital committees and provide ad-hoc support to various projects such as reviewing patient materials. 

Meet our PFEC Members 


  • Elise Guest, Chesterville
  • Terry MacLellan, Nepean
  • Jean Millaire, Russell
  • Roger Pharand, Russell (Co-Chair)
  • Vince Seguin, Metcalfe
  • Bill Shearing, Morrisburg
  • Bonnie Van Moorsel, Morrisburg
  • Lisa Vaters, Embrun


What do Patient and Family Advisors do?

  • Tell their story
  • Participate in committee work
  • Review and help create education and information materials
  • Special projects

What qualifications are required?

No special qualifications are necessary. You are eligible if you have had a recent experience at WDMH (within two years) either as a patient or family member of a patient. You must be 18 years of age or older.


What is most important

Application Process

To learn more about becoming a PFEC member or to get involved in ad-hoc projects, please contact:

Lynn Hall, Co-Chair, Patient and Family Engagement Committee at 613-774-2422 ext. 6351 or


Download the application form