Benton Duncan

Patient & Family Advisory Council member

I am a full-time student at Queen’s University majoring in linguistics with hopes of becoming a speech-language pathologist.

In 2016, following my high school graduation, I had surgery to remove a brain tumour. Complications arose, resulting in a brain stem injury, and I have been living with chronic pain ever since. Living with this pain has often been debilitating. For a long time, it has felt like an impossible obstacle in my life, but in becoming a Patient Experience Advisor at KHSC, I’ve been able to turn it into something more positive. Now, I am able to use my experience as a young person with a disability to make a difference in the way care is administered to my community.

As a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council, I’ve advised on the creation of educational materials for patients and families, and I’ve also given input regarding family presence during the COVID-19 epidemic. These experiences have allowed me to see firsthand how committed KHSC is to patient and family centred care, and how this commitment positively impacts patient outcomes.

The people I’ve met through this opportunity have been some of the kindest, most empathetic individuals I know, and I’m truly grateful to be able to work with them.