Over the past 12 months the BCCPA has successfully launched a series of new initiatives and surpassed a number of significant milestones.
Last October the BCCPA co-hosted the inaugural Health Ministers Luncheon with the Hon. Terry Lake. Over 350 people attended the highly anticipated event, and we are pleased to announce that our allotment of tickets for the second luncheon is already 75% sold out.
In November, we launched the first season of the Care to Chat speaker series featuring Hon. Suzanne Anton, Minister of Justice as keynote speaker for the opening session. Over 350 people attended the three events which covered a diverse and interesting set of topics affecting the continuing care sector.
Earlier this year, we held the first ever BC Care Awards, recognizing excellence within the continuing care sector. Three individuals were recognized for their efforts at a special event in Victoria, BC, attended by colleagues, industry professionals and over 40 MLA’s.
Arguably the biggest highlight of the year was our sold-out 37th Annual Conference held last month. Over 400 people were in attendance including service providers, commercial delegates and government officials from across Canada to participate in the blue-ribbon panel discussions and speaker presentations.
All of these recent activities in BC led Tammy Leach, Executive Director for the Alberta Continuing Care Association (ACCA), to reach out to the BCCPA. Over the course of two days she met with Daniel Fontaine, CEO and other BCCPA and SafeCare BC staff. Leach also shared information, insights and best practices on current and emerging issues emanating from Alberta.
“The BC and Alberta continuing care sectors face many of the same challenges and obstacles,” says Fontaine. “Collaborating with our provincial counterparts allows us to approach these challenges more strategically which should deliver better results in the end.”
The BCCPA and the ACCA are leading members of the Canadian Alliance for Long Term Care (CALTC). CALTC is a national organization comprised of provincial associations and long term care providers that deliver publicly-funded health care services for seniors across Canada. BC is set to host this year’s annual meeting in August and lead the dialogue on emerging issues in the sector. For more information about the alliance, visit the CALTC website here.
We sat down with Leach to see what she is taking back with her to Alberta after her two day visit. See below.
After your visit to BC, do you see any opportunities for partnership between the two organizations?
What have you learned about some of BC’s initiatives and programs in the time you have been here?