A diverse and attentive gathering of 80 local community members came together at the Abilities Centre on May 16 for the Every Experience Matters Breakfast Conference. The second of four events in a series, the breakfast conference attendees welcomed Ontario’s Patient Ombudsman, Christine Elliott, as the keynote speaker.
A long time Whitby resident, former provincial politician and dedicated community volunteer, Elliott expanded upon the challenges and opportunities of her role within the health care system. With many long-time acquaintances and community partners in the audience, she spoke at length about how to bridge the gap between the system and the patients it treats.
“An Ombudsman in the truest sense is an advocate for fairness,” said Elliott.
Elliott was also candid about how much she has learned since making the transition from active politics to Patient Ombudsman, and about her office’s dedication to making the experience of Ontario’s healthcare recipients as positive as possible.
The breakfast conference series is the result of a collaboration between the Whitby Chamber of Commerce and the Abilities Centre. Special thanks to the event’s sponsors Sky Zone Whitby, Tim Hortons, Durham College and Collins Barrow Durham for making this informative and educational event possible.