Patient, Family & Public Advisory Council

Nova Scotia Health Authority is committed to engaging Nova Scotians in establishing priorities, ensuring that the decisions of Nova Scotia Health Authority are informed by their voice. We engage with Nova Scotians to create a healthier future and are grounded in a culture of patient, family and community-centered service. This approach fosters respectful, compassionate, culturally appropriate, and competent service that is responsive to the needs, values, beliefs and preferences of patients, families and communities. 

Our Patient, Family & Public Advisory Council was formed in the fall of 2016 to advise senior leaders, health care providers, staff and physicians on policies, practices, planning and delivery of patient and family-centered care.  It is a place to ensure patients, families and communities are meaningful partners at all levels of service planning, allowing their perspectives to be heard and thoroughly considered in decision making. 

Learn how you can become a Patient, Family & Advisory Council member here

Volunteer members include:

Debi Fitzpatrick (Co-Chair), Falmouth

Debi Fitzpatrick is an artist who has worked in sales and management. Her experience supporting numerous family members navigate the health care system adds a unique lens to the Patient, Family, and Public Advisory Council. An active member in her community, Debi is passionate about making things better for patients and their family.

Marcie Shwery-Stanley, Sydney

Marcie Shwery-Stanley, BA, MBA, worked for 26 years at Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation as a Communications Officer, and is now retired. Marcie is a woman with a disability and her 37 years of advocacy work with regard to women and disability issues is extensive. It has included serving on: the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Marine Atlantic’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, the Persons with Disabilities Partnership Association for the C. B. Regional Municipality and Victoria County, and past Co-Chair of the CBRM Human Rights Affirmative Action Committee. Presently, she is Chair of the Society for the Improvement of Accessible Transportation, a member of Nova Scotia Dept. of Justice’s Accessibility Advisory Board and the Horizon Achievement Centre. She has been recognized for her work by Marine Atlantic for her contribution to its Accessibility Advisory Committee; by the Canadian Paraplegic Association with its Excellence Award; and by PANNS with the Mel Hebb Award, to name a few. Marcie is a strong believer in person-centered care and has been a care giver to her mother and also a care receiver in various models of homecare in Canada and the United States.

Ron Williams (Co-Chair), Sydney

Ron Williams brings decades of experience in management to the Patient, Family, and Public Advisory Council. He has extensive volunteer experience as a board member for numerous organization including the Canadian Health Association, the Health Association of NS and the Lumen Institute, where he served as the National Chair. A past board member of the Cape Breton District Health Authority, Ron brings his same patient-centric focus to this role.