Gwen Sharp learned about the creation of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at Guelph General Hospital and immediately knew this was her opportunity to provide useful input from firsthand knowledge toward improving the patient and family experience. Gwen’s world changed in 2013 when a car accident left her a tetraplegic and life in a wheelchair began. She has received treatment at five area hospitals and draws on this to inform her unique perspective as both able-bodied and person with disabilities accessing hospital care.
Gwen is married and together they have two children, one with physical disability who required intensive therapies for many years. Prior to her accident, Gwen worked thirty-six years at post-secondary institutions in various capacities such as student records and advising, department administration and management team member. She brings to PFAC a wide range of skills in problem solving, project management, critical thinking, effective communication, and team building. Gwen is looking forward to “giving back” to the hospital community to help the system be more user friendly and patient and family centred.