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Heather Thiessen​Heather has extensive and ongoing lived experience as a person living with two chronic conditions, has had multiple hospitalizations and ongoing interactions and treatments in the health system.  She is an experienced patient partner with over a decade of experience, serving on numerous committees and working groups at the local, regional, provincial, and national levels (including with Canada Health Infoway and CIHR).  Heather is actively involved in the education of health professions students at the University of Saskatchewan and is on the Partnership Program planning team for first year medical students. This year, she was recognized for her work with nursing students and was awarded an Honorary Membership Award by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association. Currently, she is co-chair, Saskatchewan Health Authority Patient and Family Leadership Council, building off her experience as one of the first patient partners to work within the Saskatoon Health Authority over a decade ago. Heather has since participated in numerous quality improvement and LEAN events.  Heather also serves as Patient Lead at Health Standards Organization and Accreditation Canada where she supports patient partners across Canada and internally within HSO for People-Centric work. She has also been trained as one of the first patient surveyors with Accreditation Canada.  Heather has co-authored a chapter in the book "Bringing leadership to life in health: LEADS in a caring environment" that focuses on leadership and people-centred care. As part of CFHI's extensive network of patient partners, Heather has been an active patient partner on previous CFHI collaboratives, as a coach, and on numerous working groups, including the co-development of CFHI's guiding principles for engagement. Most recently she has been an active member of the Better Together programming and has shared these experiences in a recent blog post for CFHI.  Heather has a strong understanding of the healthcare system and the work of CFHI and would be a strong contributor to the future vision of Amalco, and the evolution of its engagement approach.