BCCPA CEO off to CALTC AGM in New Brunswick

caltc-logoThe Canadian Alliance for Long Term Care (CALTC) AGM, which this year is hosted by the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes (NBANH), will be held at The Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews by the sea, from August 21st to August 24th, 2016.

The annual meeting of CALTC is the one time per year whereby all of the provincial associations meet in-person to discuss strategy and find ways to strengthen the voice of the continuing care sector in Canada. British Columbia representatives include both the CEO and the Chair of the BC Care Providers Association Daniel Fontaine, as well as the BCCPA board chair Karen Baillie.

“We are pleased to represent British Columbia on the national stage at this important gathering,” says Fontaine. “I see this meeting as a good opportunity to share ideas, identify areas to collaborate and pave a path toward increasing our influence on the national scene.”

Last year’s meeting in Charlottetown, PEI, covered a number of important initiatives including:

  • Attendees participated in a briefing on the recent in-depth Nanos Research poll commissioned by CALTC regarding public perceptions relating to seniors care in Canada. The poll was discussed in a column written by Andre Picard and published by the Globe and Mail on Monday, August 24th.
  • A decision was made to maintain increased funding for another year to ensure CALTC retains adequate staff resources to assist in the development of a new 3 year strategic plan and other identified priorities.
  • For the first time-ever, two representatives from the Province of Quebec were in attendance. They have decided to become new corporate members and will determine the feasibility of establishing a continuing care association in Quebec.
  • A motion was introduced and unanimously passed that CALTC reach out to the Canadian Medical Association to determine the feasibility of becoming a member of their alliance supporting the “Demand a Plan” campaign.
  • The first-ever joint working session of CALTC and all the provincial industry funded workplace safety associations took place on Tuesday morning. This initiative was jointly spearheaded by SafeCare BC and the BCCPA.
  • There was agreement in principle to reach out to the Yukon and determine their interest in participating in CALTC.
  • Members approved a motion which empowers the Executive to draft a new Strategic Plan that would identify key policy priority areas of common interest and resources required to implement them.
  • Members approved a motion requesting CALTC be officially renamed the “Canadian Association of Long-Term Care”. The word “Alliance” will be dropped in order to better reflect CALTC’s new formal status as a federally incorporated non-profit society.
  • The Secretary-Treasurer presented and reviewed the 2014/15 financial statements of CALTC.

Stay tuned to this website for a report on the 2016 meeting. Follow this link for a full agenda of the AGM.