What is Patient Advocacy?

Advocacy is a process by an individual or group which aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Advocacy can include many activities including media campaigns, public speaking, commissioning and publishing research or government relations and meetings. Lobbying (often by lobby groups) is a form of advocacy where a direct approach is made to legislators on an issue which plays a significant role in modern politics.

Save Your Skin Foundation feels that any of the above forms of action are the method by which patients and their caregivers represent themselves.  We are patient representatives – we represent the needs of patients across Canada, and we help patients to represent themselves. 


Patient Advocacy = Patient Representation

May 2017 – Save Your Skin Foundation introduced in the House of Commons, Ottawa, Canada. Kathy Barnard with Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health Joël Lightbound , Official Opposition Critic for Health Dr. Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament Mark Warawa.

“Who Are You Surviving For” Program: Write to your MLA/MPP and Health Minister


We urge you to consider writing to your Federal Health Minister and we have included a template letter for you to download and use.

We also urge you to write to your local government representative to convey a similar request for support. We have also included this template letter, as well as links to each Province’s contacts, making it easy to find out who your local representatives are.


Government MPs, MLAs and Health Ministers by Province/Territory:

Nova Scotia:

MPs: https://goo.gl/aBBm8I
MLAs: https://goo.gl/xddPzX

Health Minister: Hon. Leo Glavine – https://goo.gl/Pa3wqk


New Brunswick:

MPs: https://goo.gl/vH3Qq2

MLAs: https://goo.gl/dxsCu4

Health Minister: Hon. Victor Boudreau – https://goo.gl/O3s3TN


Prince Edward Island:

MPs: https://goo.gl/FXY4hn

MLAs: https://goo.gl/97r3sm

Health Minister: Hon. Robert Henderson – https://goo.gl/qaUbMr


Newfoundland and Labrador:

MPs: https://goo.gl/yyy83O

MLAs: https://goo.gl/0aRlmF

Health Minister: Hon. Dr. Robert Haggie – https://goo.gl/HVP8Jy



MPs: https://goo.gl/0WH2uQ

MNAs: https://goo.gl/IFo1dX

Health Minister: Hon. Gaetan Barrette: https://goo.gl/5xEqyq



MPs:  https://goo.gl/n7GhLs

MPPs: https://goo.gl/FEtbm6

Health Minister:  Hon. Dr. Helena Jaczek – https://goo.gl/N0UyKi



MPs: https://goo.gl/ckbM9D

MLAs: https://goo.gl/D6t2a9

Health Minister: Hon. Kelvin Goertzen – https://goo.gl/IUF3q


MPs: https://goo.gl/Bfg7eK

MLAs: https://goo.gl/rmR93l

Health Minister:  Hon. Jim Reiter – https://goo.gl/PI1qa6



MPs: https://goo.gl/Xxgwgt

MLAs: https://goo.gl/A2jFkJ

Health Minister: Hon. Sarah Hoffman – https://goo.gl/HpcR9P


British Columbia:

MPs: https://goo.gl/BKUEDE

MLAs: https://goo.gl/njCN7h

Health Minister: Hon. Adrian Dix – https://goo.gl/48R24C


MP: https://goo.gl/idFVSU

MLAs: TBA pending formation of new Assembly

Health Minister: TBA pending formation of new Cabinet


Northwest Territories:

MP: https://goo.gl/4Jb7YD

MLAs: https://goo.gl/Uswwlu

Health Minister: Hon. Glen Abernethy – https://goo.gl/AZISYv



MP: https://goo.gl/bDOMIu

MLAs: https://goo.gl/6C90Pr

Minister of Health: Hon. George Hickes – https://goo.gl/gjbEVp


Minister of Health:

Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor – https://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members/Ginette-Petitpas-Taylor(88364)

Together we can make a difference

Making awareness and education available is crucial. Since 2006, the Foundation has worked to raise awareness of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers focusing on education, prevention and the need for improved patient care.

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