My name is Ken Biron, and I live Prince George. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2000 and a mental health condition around 2003. I have been a Patient Voices Network “Activated Patient” since 2006/07. I am also the facilitator for the Prince George Multiple Sclerosis Self Help Support Group, which brings together MS-afflicted people, the MS Clinic and the MS Society of Canada’s “local” chapter. I also work part time for the Handy Circle Resources Society which is an information and resource centre for all persons with a disability in Prince George. I have a diverse collection of skill sets that MS has not affected yet, including my voice.
I originally joined Northern Health to help study smoking cessation tools. It was a positive start of the changing health care I found as I grew wiser in my own life with my condition of MS. With the Patient Voices Network, I have been involved with Northern Health groups concerned with Emergency Room efficiency, changing and creating official health department communication to patients (pamphlets and brochures), provincial opportunities such as the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council Quality Forum, and provincial networking gatherings held by Impact BC.
In the past, I was involved with Northern Health project creating policy for the inclusion of family-centred care teams in northern BC working towards the health of all BC patients from birth to death. I joined the Patient Council in June 2018 to hopefully influence further the positive health changes reflected through the community of shared connections provincially, with a focused group of like-minded professionals.