The Patient Advisory Board
Each PAB member, representing one of the Canadian provinces or regions, is responsible for facilitating the establishment of regional support groups and disseminating relevant information/education programs, while also defining local issues and bringing them to the attention of the CML Society’s
national advocacy group.
Shalyn Linklater (Burnaby) is a full time mom with three young kids, who worked as a doula in the childbirth field. With this background Shalyn brings experience in patient support, education, outreach and advocacy programs to the PAB. Shalyn’s husband Tim, diagnosed with CML in September 2006, is a specialist in 2D and 3D animation at EA Sports, also working on films such as X-Men 2, Scooby Doo 2 and Italian Job. Both enjoy snowboarding, climbing, running and a variety of other sports- even playing hockey against each other!
Margot Miller (Winnipeg) diagnosed with CML in April 2005, brings
expertise drawn from a variety of recreational work over the years. Her involvement has been primarily with seniors in program planning and
facilitation in the areas of entertainment, education, physical fitness,
palliative care and recreational therapies. Margot also has experience in conflict
mediation and advocacy. She received her B.A. in Physical Education and
Psychology in 1978 from the University of Western Ontario. Margot and her
husband Harold have four children. Her interests include yoga, complimentary
medicine and nutrition, researching environmental causes of illness and and being an active community member.
Ontario (Toronto region)
Stewart Sklar (Toronto) diagnosed with CML in March 2003, is a practicing lawyer in Toronto. He has been operating his own practice since 1978 in the preferred areas of real estate, corporate-commercial and wills and estates. A graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A. ’73) and the University of Western Ontario (LL.B. ’76), Stewart is married with two daughters, aged 18 & 22, and enjoys woodworking, cooking, fitness and travel.
Rav is the youngest and newest member of the PAB, he will represent Quebec and also provide a voice for an often overlooked segment of the CML community- young adults. Young adults face a unqiue set of issues when it comes to living with CML: insurance issues when starting a new job, dating and relationships, living arrangements and how to deal with and explain the disease to peers are just a few. Rav plans to encourage other young CML’ers to join him and have their voices heard, after all the young patients are the ones who should be asking “are these pills gonna keep us alive for the next 50 years?”
Rav is a young professional currently living in Montreal, he enjoys reading, working out and travelling.
Please note, Rav cannot use his full name as he is concerned about jeopardizing his employement opportunities in the future – sound familiar to any young patients out there?