Delia completed her Master’s thesis at the University of Oregon in 1994 with a focus on Leadership. Upon early retirement, she became President/Facilitator of The Arthritis Society’s Tri-City Arthritis Community Support Group which serves several communities north of the Fraser River and she has been involved in leading Self-Management courses as well as Workshops on Arthritis. She became a member of the Patient Partner Program which demonstrated arthritis-friendly MSK exams to medical students (2007-2012) and she represented the patient perspective during the development of the BC Ministry of Health’s OP, OA and RA Framework. In 2008 she represented BC patients in the Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN), a CIHR funded Centre of Excellence. Delia then participated in the research review process for the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee (SMAC) (2007-2014), assumed the role of Co-Chair for the Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) and acted as the CAC’s representative on CAN’s Board (2008-2010). She has been a Community Reviewer in the CIHR research funding process as well as a reviewer for The Arthritis Society’s research funding process. She has recently worked on the Citizen Science Research Project with SPOR and has now become involved with the Ministry of Health’s Leadership Committee in Digital Health.
Delia has received numerous awards for her volunteer work including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and most recently the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council’s Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice Award (2017).