April 7th Care to Chat: announcing new panelists!

One of the most pressing issues facing the continuing care sector is ensuring sufficient levels of care providers exist now and in the future to meet the needs of an aging population. Our Care to Chat speakers series on April 7th will feature a panel that will focus on identifying how we can better recruit, train and retain workers in the continuing care sector.

We have previously announced our first panel members, Michael McMillan, President & CEO of Health Employers Association of BC, and David Thompson, Vice President of Seniors Care & Chief Quality, Safety and Performance Improvement Officer. Today, we are announcing our 2 additional panelists, and our moderator.

  • Anita Dickson President, Licensed Practical Nurse Association of BC
  • Jaimie Ashton, Director of Special Projects, Vancouver Division of Family Practice

Our moderator will be BCCPA CEO Daniel Fontaine.


Help Wanted: Are We Doing Enough to Attract and Retain the Continuing Care Workforce of the Future?

BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) and the BC Lower Mainland Chapter of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) will be co-hosting Care to Chat focusing on the challenges of Health Human Resources (HHR) in the continuing care sector.

Event Details

When:     Friday April 7th 2017
Where:    Terminal City Club, Vancouver
Time:       11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Special partnership rates

  • $50.00 BCCPA and CCHL members
  • $60.00 Non-Members
  • $30.00 Students

Click here to register. Learn more about the upcoming event.

Meet the rest of our expert panelists and the event moderator.

Anita Dickson, Licensed Practical Nurse Association of BC

Anita Dickson President, Licensed Practical Nurse Association of BC 

As an LPN and a manager, Anita Dickson appreciates the lens of operations of organizations, but her true vocation is to help people. She went back to school as an adult learner starting her health care career as an RCA, for 5 years working in Special Care units and Extended Care. Anita has worked as an LPN since 2001 in all areas of practice that were possible in Residential, Hospice and Acute Care (ER, Cardia Step Down, Palliative Tertiary, Ortho, Neuro and Med/ Surg). Anita has advanced her skills through further education, becoming an Instructor for both Classroom, clinical and Advance Palliative teaching in the new Practical Nursing program. Anita has found it to be exciting to be able to be part of policy writing and to provide consultations to help support LPN professional practice across a large health authority.

Jaimie Ashton, Director of Special Projects, Vancouver Division of Family Practice

Jaimie Ashton, Director of Special Projects, Vancouver Division of Family Practice

Ashton joined the Vancouver Division of Family Practice (VDoFP) in 2013 as a Senior Consultant and moved into her present roll in February 2016. In her role as Director of Special Projects she designs, develops, manages, and supports strategic projects, initiatives, and programming focused on the Divisions work in Residential and Frail Elder Care. The largest of which is the VDoFP’s Residential Care Initiative which was launched July 1, 2015. This initiative has made a significant impact on the Residential Care landscape within Vancouver and it is this ability to contribute to positive systemic change that drives her. She has spent her whole career working in, or in support of, the public sector; transitioning into health care from the field of educational technology. She has found that her previous experience has uniquely prepared her to support the exciting developments occurring within health care and the Residential and Frail Elder Care sector in particular.

The event’s moderator will be Daniel Fontaine, BCCPA CEO

Daniel Fontaine, BCCPA CEO

Daniel Fontaine works as the Chief Executive Officer for the BC Care Providers Association in Vancouver. Over the course of his career he has worked in the private and not-for-profit sectors as well as government.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Manitoba, Fontaine went on to complete the Media Writing and Public Relations certificate from Langara College. He was appointed to the Board of Directors for Douglas College and served on the BC College of Psychologists from 2004-2010.

From 2005 to 2008, Fontaine also served as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Mayor of Vancouver. He was appointed to the Board of Directors for SafeCare BC in 2015 with a mandate to reduce workplace injuries in the long-term care sector.

In 2012 Fontaine was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service. He was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba and moved to British Columbia in 1989. He is an active member of the New Westminster Minor Hockey Association. In 2016 they presented him with the Volunteer of the Year award.

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