The Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council (IPERC) is excited to announce that Mary Beaucage has joined the council’s leadership in the role of IPERC Co-Chair.

Mary is a patient partner from Nipissing First Nation who has been an IPERC member since the council’s formation in 2016. She has been a key contributor to IPERC’s efforts to ensure Indigenous knowledge and perspectives are incorporated into all aspects of the Can-SOLVE CKD Network. Mary currently sits on the Wabishki Bizkiko Skaanj Learning Pathway Working Group, the Knowledge Keepers in Research Working Group, and the Indigenous Research Ethics and Protocols Working Group.

Mary Beaucage, IPERC Co-Chair

In addition to her roles with IPERC, Mary is engaged in a wide range of activities across the Can-SOLVE CKD Network. She is a co-chair of the Patient Governance Circle and a member of the CNTN Communications Engagement Committee, the Research Operations Committee, and the Knowledge User and Knowledge Translation Committee. Mary is also a patient partner on four Can-SOLVE CKD research project teams.

“Joining Can-SOLVE CKD in 2016 after my time on dialysis and subsequent transplant allowed me to follow the promise I made to myself to become more involved in advocating and bringing awareness of the many issues we face a CKD patients, including members of my family and community,” says Mary.

“I’ve been able to witness Can-SOLVE CKD, the Patient Governance Circle and IPERC grow through the years, and its been amazing to be a part of it and be supported in my many levels of involvement and growth. I’m excited to take on the role of IPERC co-chair with Helen Robinson-Settee. Cathy really blazed a trail in her role, and I look forward to continuing the work that IPERC is doing.”

Mary takes over the Co-Chair role from patient partner Cathy Woods who has worked tirelessly with IPERC over the past four years to ensure Indigenous voices and wisdom are reflected across all research activities.

“IPERC has moved from being words on a page to being a huge part of Can-SOLVE CKD. Our success as a network has influenced the research community greatly and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time being a spokesperson for IPERC and Can-SOLVE CKD,” said Cathy. “Mary will fill my position with all the enthusiasm she brings to her many roles in the network, and she has my full support.”

The entire Can-SOLVE CKD Network is grateful to Cathy for her many contributions to IPERC. Through her wisdom and her profound investment of time and energy, IPERC has set an excellent example of respectful engagement of Indigenous people in health research, both within nephrology and beyond.

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