NL SUPPORT’s Patient Advisory Council

Patient partners are valuable members of health care research teams whose lived experiences and personal health care journeys bring important perspectives to the table. The term patient is inclusive and refers not only to in-patients and out-patients, but also to caregivers and families.

Our Patient Advisory Council (PAC) provides advice and guidance on the work of NL SUPPORT, Quality of Care NL, & Choosing Wisely NL in the determination of patient-oriented research priorities, the engagement of patients in research projects, and planned public outreach activities. 

In addition to ensuring that the patient perspective is considered in all areas of our work, members of the PAC:
  • Participate in public engagement and outreach activities
  • Play an active role on health research teams
  • Assist with funding applications and advise on funding priorities
  • Network nationally to promote patient engagement across Canada and internationally
  • Participate in national and local conferences on Patient-Oriented Research
  • Have numerous learning opportunities related to health care (i.e. webinars, courses, conferences, workshops)

Meet the Patient Advisory Council

The PAC consists of up to 25 patients representing a cross section of the population of the province. Please note: not all PAC members are listed below.
  • Joan Cranston - Norris Point
  • Kimberley Street - Paradise
  • Rosemary Lester - Pouch Cove
  • Dorothy Mary Senior - St. John’s/Paradise; vested interest in Burin Peninsula
  • Everard (Bud) Davidge - English Harbour West
  • K. Brian Johnston - St. John's 
  • Toni Leamon - St. John's/Port aux Basques  
  • Mandy Penney - St. John's/Corner Brook
  • Tony Leamon - Port aux Basques
  • Julie Huntington - Portugal Cove-St. Philip's
  • Mike Warren - Mount Pearl
  • Sarah Ahmed Duraid - Gander
  • Dawn Curran – Torbay
  • Lauren Harris – Corner Brook
Interested in joining the PAC?

The Work of Patient Partners

Patient Partners are hard at work promoting patient engagement and patient-oriented research. Below you’ll find some examples of the work they are involved in.


National Conferences & Training Workshops


Join the PAC!

Are you interested in bringing your personal perspective as a patient, caregiver or family member to our Patient Advisory Council? We are currently recruiting new members from all areas of the province, with diverse cultural backgrounds, and varying age groups, and would love to talk to you about how we may work together in ensuring the patient voice is heard in health research in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Reach out to our Patient Engagement Lead, Julia Burt at

Patient Partner Appreciation – NL SUPPORT and Quality of Care NL Guidelines