2020 AGM Update: Year in Review, policy motions, and new board directors

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the BC Care Providers Association’s annual general meeting was held virtually on December 1st.  Board president Aly Devji and CEO Terry Lake provided the members with an update on the key accomplishments of the past year including:

Among the decisions receiving approval from the BCCPA membership using an electronic voting tool were three policy motions giving the organization the go-ahead to advocate on key issues. These were:

  • A provincial tax credit program for home health care and independent living services
  • COVID-19 testing strategy for BC’s seniors’ care sector
  • Civil liability protection for BC’s seniors’ care and living sector

The following board directors were elected or re-elected to the board:

  • Karen Biggs, Menno Place
  • Wendy Calhoun, Kaigo
  • Christine Elliott, Finnish Manor
  • David Hurford, Three Links Care Society
  • Al Jina, Park Place Seniors Living
  • Michael Neumann, Verve
  • Elaine Price, Eden Care
  • Melanie Reinhardt, Vantage Living
  • Hendrik Van Ryk, H & H Total Care

The following Board executives were elected at a Board meeting after the AGM:

  • President: Aly Devji
  • Vice President: Hendrik Van Ryk
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Riz Gehlen
  • Past President: Karen Biggs

A complete list of board members can be found here. 

A highlight of the event was the announcement of the recipients of the Ed Helfrich Long Service Excellence Award winners Karen and Otto Froelich and Judy Reefschlager. You can read more about them and view a tribute video here.