It’s a bittersweet time for Pain BC as we thank Dr. Wesley Buch for six years of service and commitment as a Pain BC Board member. In addition to providing expertise and leadership on our Board, Wesley has been a steadfast champion for people living with pain and for pain education. As a long-standing member of Pain BC’s Education Committee, Wesley’s clinical experience as a registered psychologist has informed the direction of Pain BC’s education programs and ensured our work is evidence-based, trauma-informed and patient-centred.
In addition to providing clinical guidance on our Education Committee, Wesley has generously given his time and expertise to many other education initiatives over the past six years, all while maintaining a full-time job and pursuing a second PhD. He has contributed to Pain BC’s Pain Foundations course, facilitated numerous webinars, participated in podcasts, and written articles on mental health and chronic pain for our Live Plan Be self-management website.
More recently, Wesley’s deep knowledge and understanding of the intersections between trauma, marginalization and chronic pain helped us establish the Making Sense of Pain class series. Similarly, his passion for advocating for people living with pain in the Downtown East Side served as a catalyst for our partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health to pilot a first-of-its-kind multidisciplinary pain service for people experiencing pain, trauma, and substance use in Squamish and on the Sunshine Coast.
Wesley’s unwavering expertise, support, encouragement and sense of humour have been deeply appreciated by everyone at Pain BC and we can’t thank him enough for his countless, invaluable contributions to our mission. Thank you for being such an incredible champion for Pain BC and people living with pain, Wesley!