Patient-driven councils introduce new co-chairs

Over the summer, both the Can-SOLVE CKD Patient Council and Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council announced new leadership appointments.

Leah Getchell

The Can-SOLVE CKD Patient Council is pleased to announce that Leah Getchell has been elected to the position of Co-Chair. Leah brings experience working as a patient liaison in kidney research and the perspective of a daughter whose mother lived with CKD. She has been a Patient Council member since the network’s founding and also serves as a member of the Research Training & Mentorship Committee. Leah is the outgoing and founding chair of the Patient Council’s Research Projects & Study Recruitment Working Group – she will be succeeded in this role by David Hillier.

Leah takes over the Patient Council Co-Chair role previously held by Kate Chong, who stepped down earlier this summer. As one of three founding Co-Chairs, Kate played a significant role in the Patient Council’s formation and early successes. The entire Can-SOLVE CKD Network is grateful to Kate for her many valuable contributions and we look forward to continuing to work with her going forward. Kate will continue to be actively involved in the Patient Council and as a patient partner on several research projects.

Helen Robinson-Settee

The Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council (IPERC) is very pleased to announce that Helen Robinson-Settee has been appointed to the position of Co-Chair. Along with Co-Chairs Cathy Woods and Dr. Evan Adams, she will help to coordinate and support the council’s operations as it facilitates meaningful engagement of Indigenous people across the Can-SOLVE CKD Network.

Helen is an Anishinaabe woman born and raised in Winnipeg with family and community connections to the Dauphin River First Nation. She holds a Master’s of Education degree from the University of Manitoba and has spent her career as an educator working in Winnipeg’s inner city schools. Currently, she serves as the Director of Manitoba’s provincial Indigenous Education Directorate.

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