Health Minister Recognizes Achievements of Sector at BC Care Awards

Award Recipients, Hon. Terry Lake, MLAs, & CEO Daniel Fontaine gather on stage for a group photo at 2015 BC Care Awards

Award Recipients, Hon. Terry Lake, MLAs, & CEO Daniel Fontaine gather on stage for a group photo at 2015 BC Care Awards.

Over 100 guests including care providers, industry stakeholders, and 30+ MLAs attended the second Annual BC Care Awards on Monday. Hon. Terry Lake, Minister of Health provided the keynote speech and presented the awards for the second year in a row.

The 2015 BC Care Award recipients were:

  • Wendy Miller,  Bayshore Home Health- BC Care Provider of the Year award recipient
  • Keith Anderson, Former CEO, Fraser Health- Ed Helfrich Long Service Excellence award recipient
  • Dr. Azim Jamal, Joe Moosa, & Rowena Rizzotti Retirement Concepts- Innovation of the Year award co-recipients.

Health Minister Recognizes Achievements of Sector as a Whole

The formal presentation kicked off with a performance by the acclaimed Gypsy Jazz quartet, Van Django. The show was provided by Concerts in Care, an organization which has delivered over 8000 professional concerts to residential care homes and health facilities. Click here for the Global BC segment on an outdoor concert co-hosted by the BCCPA and Concerts in Care earlier this summer.

Hon. Terry Lake & Wendy Miller, BC Care Provider of the Year met to discuss front-line care earlier in the day

Hon. Terry Lake & Wendy Miller, BC Care Provider of the Year met to discuss front-line care earlier in the day.

Following the concert Daniel Fontaine, CEO, BC Care Providers Association took to the stage to provide opening remarks and introduce Health Minister Lake. Within his keynote speech Lake offered a recap of key achievements in sector over the past year. Among those key achievements, he proudly stated how BC has amongst the longest life expectancy in the world at 82.2 years. Lake attributed much of this accomplishment to the outstanding work of continuing care providers each and every day.

“[The] positive health outcomes for older adults, are linked to the work each of you [care providers] is doing on a daily basis to meet the physical, emotional and psychological needs of seniors in care,” said Lake.

However, Lake emphasized that this accomplishment is only more motivation to continue to improve the quality of care.

“But our province’s high ranking or any of our successes are not a reason for us to slow down our work, but rather an opportunity to continue to provide better care.”

[The] positive health outcomes for older adults, are linked to the work each of you [care providers] is doing on a daily basis to meet the physical, emotional and psychological needs of seniors in care

Lake concluded his keynote speech by recognizing the dedicated work of care providers across the province and in particular the four recipients of the 2015 BC Care Awards.

Stay tuned for a video interview with recipient of the Ed-Helfrich long service excellence award and former Fraser Health CEO, Keith Anderson as well as a profile on BC Care Provider of the Year, Wendy Miller. For information on this years Innovation of the Year, click here.

Interview with Keith Anderson, Recipient of the Ed- Helfrich Long-Service Award

BC Care Awards Generate Twitter Talk

Among the packed crowd were a number of MLA’s and government employees who took to twitter to tweet about the event.

Delegation Meets With 25+ MLAs & Cabinet Ministers

Dave Cheperdak, President, Daniel Fontaine, CEO, & Wendy Miller, home care aide dialougue on seniors care at a round table with a number of MLAs

Dave Cheperdak, President, Daniel Fontaine, CEO, & Wendy Miller, home care aide dialougue on seniors care at a round table with a number of MLAs

Earlier in the day, a delegation of Board directors, senior BCCPA staff, front-line care providers and family members of those in care visited the BC Legislature. They held a series of meetings with Minister Lake, government and opposition MLAs to discuss issues pertaining to the continuing care sector.

Planning is already underway for next year’s delegation day and awards ceremony. We encourage you to submit your nominations for the 2016 BC Care Awards today!