ACCA Hosts 39th Annual General Meeting

Nov 20, 2020

Membership joined by Minister Shandro and MLA Gotfried

Valued Members,

Thank you for having joined us for a successful 39th Annual General Meeting. The event, held virtually, included the election of the association’s 2021 Board of Directors and featured remarks from the Honourable Minister of Health Tyler Shandro and MLA Richard Gotfried who is leading Reviews of the Continuing Care System and Continuing Care Legislation. 

The ACCA has appreciated the government’s and Alberta Health Services' receptiveness to the issues raised and recommendations put forth by our membership during these trying times, and the commitment demonstrated to ensuring the best outcomes for the thousands of Albertans we serve. “We are encouraged by the government’s and Alberta Health Services' outcomes-focused approach,” said Incoming ACCA Board Chair Salimah Walji-Shivji. “As we look to the future, this continued collaboration between the Government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services and the providers of Continuing Care services, including home care, supportive living and long-term care, will be crucial.” 

Minister Shandro noted how valuable the open collaboration with the ACCA has been, especially during the early days of the pandemic which helped in demonstrating the need for the $170 million investment in COVID-19 support for Continuing Care. “We have to remain vigilant. It’s because of the ongoing efforts of the ACCA and your members that thousands of Albertans are receiving safe quality care every single day,” acknowledged Minister Shandro. In looking to the future, Minister Shandro noted that “governments everywhere are looking at strategies to modernize their Continuing Care systems and this includes Alberta. We are on the right path to making meaningful changes.”

MLA Gotfried congratulated the association on a successful AGM and confirmed that “the channels of communication with the ACCA will be open on a constant and consistent basis on the important tasks ahead.”

“I believe we have a tremendous opportunity before us to demonstrate a bold vision for transforming Alberta’s continuing care system that will, above all, improve outcomes and long-term sustainability. To achieve this, we must be open to creative thinking to help us expand current capacity, modernize delivery and enhance the resident, family and caregiver experience,” said MLA Gotfried.

The ACCA looks forward to continued collaboration with the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services and will keep the membership informed of all developments.

We congratulate the ACCA 2021 Board of Directors:

  • Salimah Walji-Shivji, Board Chair, AgeCare
  • Derrick Bernardo1st Vice Chair, Covenant Care
  • Karim Kassam, 2nd Vice Chair, Optima Living Communities
  • Shawn Terlson, Treasurer, Shepherd’s Care Foundation
  • Al Jina, Park Place Seniors Living
  • Daren Farnel, Bayshore Home Care
  • Michael Harris, Extendicare
  • Michelle Dulmadge, Bethany Care Society
  • Charlotte McFadden, Allen Gray Continuing Care Centre

We thank outgoing Board Chair Jennifer McCue for her dedication and leadership during this unprecedented past year and for her years of service to the association, as well as outgoing Board Members Gregg Ulveland and Lyn Krutzfeldt for their support and efforts.

The ACCA also approved its revised Mission, Vision and Values during their AGM.