ACCA & the Community    

Alberta Loses a Pioneer in Continuing Care

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Barrie I. Strafford, a pioneer of Continuing Care in Alberta and Chairman of the Board of the Brenda Strafford Foundation. Dr. Strafford passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 25th, at the age of 87 years. 


Minister Hoffman Asserts "Public" Means "Publicly Accessible"

The ACCA is pleased to share with you this excerpt taken from the 29th Legislature First Session' Standing Committee on Families and Communities (November 16, 2015 session) wherein Honourable Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman states, when asked to clarify the term "public": "I mean publicly accessible, that they're going to be needs-based, not means-based..." For the complete session, please click here.


Love for Continuing Care!

Ahh, Valentine's Day! A time to show our loved ones how much they mean to us! Unfortunately, it also comes during a time of year when many feel isolated, depressed or forgotten. To brighten the day of seniors and those requiring continuing care, why not share a Valentine with them? The ACCA has created two Valentines which we encourage you to print and share with those in your care. Print them as is or, if you have young children (budding artists!), why not involve them! Have them add their own colouring and creative flair.


Congratulations CapitalCare - Feast on the Field - inaugural event!

The ladies of ACCA attended CapitalCare's inaugural Feast on the Field event in August at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. Our taste buds danced as we enjoyed fantastic company and an absolutely wonderful meal all in support of seniors in care. 

September 2015 is World Alzheimer's Month

Did you know someone develops dementia every 4 seconds in the world? Learn more about dementia: Visit today!


ACCA Challenges you to become a Dementia Friend!

The Alzheimer Society, in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada, has launched Dementia Friends Canada - a national awareness and public engagement initiative. The aim is to create a more informed Canadian population to dispel myths and reduce stigma about dementia. The ACCA encourages, no, challenges our friends and colleagues to join the movement! Visit today to become a Dementia Friend!

2014-2015 Alberta Seniors Annual Report

The 2014-2015 Alberta Seniors Annual Report captures the accomplishments and audited financial statements of the Ministry of Seniors over the last fiscal year. It can be viewed by clicking here.

Congratulations B.C. Care Providers on a Successful Conference!

The ACCA team had the pleasure of joining the BC Care Providers at their sold-out annual conference in Whistler May 24-26. The event, Sustainability Through Innovation, featured numerous guest speakers and great dialogue.

ACCA CEO Tammy Leach was part of a panel discussion that addressed the question: "Are we innovative enough?" with her fellow CEOs from BC Care and the Ontario Long Term Care Association.

Thank you Christenson Communities!

ACCA would like to thank Christenson Communities for allowing us to tour your beautiful Devonshire Village and Glastonbury Village locations in March. It was great to see the innovative projects in place and to meet with your teams and residents. Below, the grand staircase at Devonshire and Mr. Peter Wladyka, 91 years young and working on one of his many projects at Devonshire's woodworking shop!

Partnering With Conference Board of Canada - Western Health Summit 2015

The ACCA is pleased to be partnering with the Conference Board of Canada for their Western Health Summit 2015: Making Change That Makes a Difference. As part of our partnership, we are pleased that our members will be able to take advantage in attending the conference, happening May 11 - 12 in Edmonton, at a reduced rate. More...


Excel Society Receives Accreditation - Congratulations!

Corporate Member, Excel Society, received four-year Accreditation through Accreditation Canada. We offer you our sincerest congratulations on this achievement!


Congratulations Wing Kei Greenview - Opening

ACCA Director of Member Services, Sponsorships & Special Projects, Rob Carstensen, had the opportunity to attend the opening of Wing Kei Greenview in February. Premier Jim Prentice and Minister of Seniors, Jeff Johnson, attended the ceremony. A beautiful building full of natural light and areas for plants, the facility, in the words of Premier Prentice, is truly "marvelous". 







ACCA - Proud Sponsor of People & Progress 2015 Conference

Congratulations to CapitalCare Foundation on another successful conference. ACCA was a proud sponsor and we thank you for the opportunity to have attended! Pictured, Joe Roberts inspires with his story "There Is More to You Than You Can See"; from Skidrow to CEO.









December 16, 2014

The ACCA brought together ACCA Members and Members of the Legislative Assembly for a casual evening of networking and discussion around pressing issues facing the continuing care industry in Alberta. We were delighted to have the Honourable Ministers Mandel and Johnson, former Minsters Horne and Quest, as well as several other Ministers, MLAs and guests in attendance.


November 12, 2014

Thank you to our Members for having joined us at our AGM held on November 12 in Edmonton. We would also like to thank special guest speaker, the Honourable Jeff Johnson, Minister of Seniors, pictured below with ACCA CEO Tammy Leach and ACCA Chair John Pray, who spoke of a Vision for Continuing Care in Alberta


We were also joined by guests Isabel Henderson and Nancy Guebert of the Alberta Health Services Continuing Care Resolution Team whose update caused much thought-provoking discussion. We know there needs to be immediate change and enhanced support of the continuing care industry in Alberta; but the ladies did provide a quote regarding the good work performed by operators that sometimes goes overlooked. "You can't judge the care by the number of chandeliers."


October 1, 2014

Special Members' Meeting held

We thank our members for having attended our Special Members' Meeting. There was lots of discussion and optimism that continuing care is at the forefront of the new Government's agenda. The time for action is now to ensure the long-term viability and stability of the continuing care industry in Alberta. We would like to thank Carmen Grabusic, Acting Executive Director, Continuing Care Branch of Alberta Health, for having joined us, pictured below with ACCA CEO Tammy Leach.



August 2014

Chief Executive Officer Tammy Leach visits BC Care Providers Association

See what she thought here.