Maryann is thrilled to serve as Co-Chair of Patients for Patient Safety Canada.
Maryann has been an active member PFPSC Canada since its formation in 2006 and is a Patient Champion of the World Health Organization's Patients for Patient Safety program.
Since the death of her daughter Martha from a series of medication errors and system failures, Maryann has been dedicated to eliminating healthcare harm, which is currently the third leading cause of death in Canada. Over the years Maryann has contributed to many projects including: patient engagement tools (5 Questions to Ask About Your Medication); educational modules for national mandatory drug reporting (Vanessa's Law); and Health Canada's Self-Care Plain Language Labelling initiative. Internationally, Maryann has contributed to the Patient and Public working group for the WHO's Third Global Challenge on Medication Safety and has presented at side events at the 69th World Health Assembly at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and the 2nd Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety in Bonn, Germany.
To achieve "Every Patient Safe" requires strong commitment and teambuilding. Maryann is dedicated to engaging and collaborating with patients, and to the creation of robust reporting and learning systems.
Theresa is honoured to serve as Co-Chair of Patients for Patient Safety Canada, having been a member since 2006.
In her time with Patients for Patient Safety Canada, Theresa has been an active participant in many initiatives including Knowledge Transfer Webinars on a range of Patient Safety topics. She was also able to present the Patient /Family Voice in the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) –Cleaning and Disinfection Standard (Spring 2020). Theresa has presented her son Dan's story at many conferences and meetings, particularly important to her at the introduction of the Pediatric Heart Failure Guidelines (2013).
Theresa is a retired Pediatric Occupational Therapist where her passion for Family Centred care was established. She spent many years working in Alberta and Ontario on clinical and research projects in schools and in the community, always with children who have special needs and their families.
Theresa is married and she and her husband Tim spent many summers canoeing with their two sons Ben & Dan and winters in hockey arenas. Her commitment for patient safety began with the passing of her son Dan related to a series of patient safety incidents. She is committed to helping Patients for Patient Safety Canada in their relentless efforts to ensure "Every Patient Safe".