Terri Hansen-Gardiner, a patient navigator has driven seven hours from her home in Île-à-la–Crosse in North-Western Saskatchewan to attend a patient-oriented research event held at the University of Saskatchewan. The room is buzzing with conversation. Sixty people have registered for the event hosted by the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR). The room is filled to capacity. Half of those in attendance are patients.
The event begins. Hansen-Gardiner is introduced to the audience and asked to join a panel discussion with a researcher she works with, Dr. Gary Groot, a surgical oncologist and community-based health researcher based out of the College of Medicine.
Hansen-Gardiner takes to the podium and quips, “You know, they call me the Indian Oprah!”
It is the perfect, light-hearted start to an evening of engaging, and insightful conversation.
Read more at SCPOR's website. Farha Ahktar is a communications specialist at SCPOR.