Regional Advisors and Advocates

Advocating for you in your communities

Doctors of BC’s Regional Advisors and Advocates (RAAs) advocate for physicians in the communities where you live and work. In addition to advocacy, they act as a first point of contact between members and key partners who are seeking services or support from Doctors of BC. And because the RAAs are based in regions around the province, they know and understand opportunities and challenges in your areas.

On behalf of physicians, your RAA will:

  1. Advocate with and for you on local opportunities and issues
  2. Ensure you are kept informed about, and understand, Doctors of BC initiatives and issues of importance to you and the profession
  3. Serve you by connecting you to the services, programs and benefits provided by Doctors of BC

On behalf of partners, your RAA will:

  1. Help connect you with Doctors of BC staff and/or programs in your region
  2. Ensure you are kept informed about, and understand, new Doctors of BC initiatives and programs, as well as important issues affecting you, your region and doctors in your region
  3. Act as your one point of contact, helping connect you with the right people to answer your questions

Get to know your Regional Advisor and Advocate (RAA):

Ms Svjetlana (Lana) Korch, Fraser: The most meaningful aspect of my job is the ability to positively impact workplace health. As a nurse for more than 16 years, I experienced first-hand some of the challenges health care providers face and I saw what changes need to happen to address them. Now as a RAA, I want to be a part of that change. I know that when doctors are healthy and happy – when they feel cared for and supported by their system – that’s when patient care is impacted in a positive way. Being able to support this, even if it’s case-by-case, is very rewarding. Contact me here.

Mr Brent Weiss, Interior: Working with doctors to help them achieve their goals and improve patient care makes me feel as though I’m indirectly contributing to the delivery of care. I love that part of my job and I love the regional aspect – the different communities, the unique needs and the mix of rural and urban sites. In my role I’ve helped improve doctors’ work environments and inter-physician relationships which in turn lets them focus on what matters most – patient care. And if I can make any small change, for one doctor or a group of doctors, to me that is success. Contact me here

Ms Alanna Black, Island: The most fulfilling part of my job is collaborating first-hand with doctors to problem solve and to find unique solutions to common goals. Every day I have the privilege of directly experiencing how much doctors care for their patients while helping to implement meaningful change in the communities in which we work and live – change that benefits both doctors and patients alike. It is very rewarding to navigate our health care system alongside care providers in a way that positively impacts physicians’ practices and patient care. Contact me here.

Ms Holly Pastoral, North: I love the diversity of my work, and using the knowledge I gain to help foster and grow positive change in the communities I serve. One of the most important things I can do is share stories and experiences to help move change forward. So I want doctors to know that when they come to me with ideas or concerns and ask for my support, I communicate that information to the right people. This has helped successfully improve processes and collaboration with all of our partners and stakeholders. Contact me here.

Ms Nicole Harris, Vancouver & Coast: In my day-to-day, I am presented with many different challenges, none of which is ever the same. What I love most about my role is turning these challenges into opportunities and positive outcomes for doctors. Both living and working in the community I serve allows me to be well connected with the doctors in the area, and to better understand the intricacies of their work and work environments. It also helps me to better communicate with doctors, and allows us to truly work together as partners on issues of importance to them, to the profession and to their patients. Contact me here.