Delia Cooper has a long history of service in representing the patient perspective within health care, research and health education. She has led or participated in numerous local, provincial and national initiatives, bringing her insight and personal experience with arthritis to enrich the work of the Arthritis Society, the BC Ministry of Health, the Canadian Arthritis Network, the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee, the Consumer Advisory Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Cochrane Collaboration.
Delia has been an active member of the Patient Voices Network in BC since 2010 and has provided a patient perspective on the care of people with chronic conditions for the Chronic Disease Management Shared Care Advisory Group with Providence Health Care. She has also been a member of Fraser Health‘s Patient Advisory Council since 2012.
Delia has received numerous awards for her volunteer work including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and most recently the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council’s Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice Award (2017).
An educator by profession, Delia has a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon in 1994 with a focus on Leadership and the Impact of Special Needs Students in the Classroom.