All of us across the Can-SOLVE CKD Network would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to Helen Chiu for her years of tireless work to advance patient engagement in kidney research.
Since Can-SOLVE CKD’s founding in 2016, Helen has served as the network’s Patient Engagement Liaison on secondment from BC Renal. Having played a central role in establishing and growing the network’s patient engagement activities, Helen will return to her full-time position of Quality Lead, Patient-Centred Performance Improvement with BC Renal at the end of November. We wish her all the best, and we are excited that she will continue to support the patient voice in kidney research and care through initiatives such as the development of a provincial patient engagement framework for BC Renal.
Helen has embodied Can-SOLVE CKD’s vision and values by building respectful relationships with patient partners and ensuring their voices are present in all network activities. She has coordinated recruitment of patient partners to the national Patient Council, working groups, and research project teams, while also facilitating regular communication with patients and researchers to ensure effective collaboration. Over the past year, Helen focused on supporting the work of the Can-SOLVE CKD Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council, helping to advance the Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway. She was also a key contributor to the successful CIHR grant application that supported the network’s establishment.
Helen’s passion for authentic, respectful patient engagement is recognized by all her colleagues across the network.
Dear Helen – Your commitment and dedication to learning, patient engagement and indigenous health and culture is remarkable and helped to sustain and build the CanSOLVE CKD network. Your perspective and diligence in attending to details is terrific. I value all of your contributions, as do all of the team.
Dr. Adeera Levin
It has been a pleasure and privilege getting to know Helen personally and professionally for almost 6 years. She has an amazing ability to really listen and provide provide guidance and advice in a clear and logical way. Helen will go out of her way to be of assistance wherever needed. And she does this with empathy and kindness.
Thank you Helen for your genuine support to the Indigenous community. I want to acknowledge the many times that you went above and beyond the work expectations. I sincerely appreciate and admire your efforts.
Helen Chiu, my friend and trusted colleague – she encouraged and coached me to use my voice on many occasions. I watched her embrace Indigenous culture and become a true ally. Will miss her ♥.
It’s been an honour to work with you. Your support, commitment and dedications to IPERC and Wabishi Bizhiko Skaanj is greatly appreciated. Miigwetch for everything and I will remember all the good times at ceremonies, in meetings and teleconferences.
An enduring memory for me is the energy and team work displayed by Helen when she introduced the first training module on patient engagement to an audience of patient partners and researchers here in Toronto. Helen helped guide us along a new pathway! It is remarkable to see how far we have all come.
Dr. James Scholey
Helen, I’m so glad you were there to provide the guidance, expertise and wisdom to patient partners like myself. I very much enjoyed working with you….including some of the evening calls when you helped provide guidance to me in understanding researchers and project teams and to understand that cultural change takes time. I wish you all the very best in your professional and personal travels.
On behalf of the entire Can-SOLVE CKD Network, thank you Helen!