Cathy Telfer

Position: Patient Partner

Cathy Telfer is a retired educator from Southwestern Ontario. She has been a patient partner with the Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care since 2015 and with the Knowledge Translation Program, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital since 2017. She completed the Partners in Research (PiR) Course in 2017 and served as Course Coach for the second cohort. Since 2018, she is a member of the Erie St Clair LHIN PFAC for the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre. Most recently, Cathy was involved in the development of Mapping Patient Engagement in Research Activities in Organizations Across Ontario – to catalogue organizations in Ontario that currently have activities and policies in patient engagement, with a grant from Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU). Her participation in the development of online training modules for researchers and patients/caregivers who partner in research; Institute for Better Health – Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga, ON has been completed and will be released in the near future. Cathy is the author of Patient Perspective: Values & Preferences – Published in CFP – Canadian Family Physician, January 2018 and also writes a monthly “Concerning Cancer” column for a number of community newspapers.

Cathy enjoys volunteering in her community and looks forward to her involvement in the Partnerships Committee of the SPOR Evidence Alliance.