BCAHA AGM and Leadership Forum April 15-17, 2016
A well-attended and well-received AGM and Leadership Forum was held under sunny skies at the Lakeside Resort Convention Centre in Penticton. Conference Chair Vicky Forest lined up an impressive slate of speakers and topics that centered on the responsibilities and possibilities of leadership.
“This year we tried a new, more compact format and held a Leadership Forum over two days instead of the longer three-day conference. According to the feedback we received, the delegates who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Our keynote speaker, Chief Clarence Louie, delivered a very powerful message on the importance of strong leadership. All of our other presenters discussed various ways to be an effective, engaging leader and gave everyone valuable information and insights to take home with them. The winery reception was very successful with its fabulous food and wine. On Sunday morning, Cindy Bertrand gave us a great and fun send-off with her unique brand of comedy and meditation.”
Vicky thanked the 140 auxiliary attendees for their keen participation in this inaugural, alternate-year AGM and Leadership Forum.
As auxiliary members, the contributions you make are staggering. In 2015, the 6,548 adult members of the BCAHA volunteered 1,250,639 hours and donated $9,464,994 to healthcare, and awarded bursaries in the amount of over $245,000. You are all to be commended for your accomplishments. It is a privilege for me to be in your company.
Lynda Avis, President, BCAHA
Whether it is volunteering, fundraising or the social interaction of bringing a smile to someone’s face, you have a tremendous impact in giving back to your communities. That is something you should be really proud of and I want to commend you on that.
Mayor Andrew Jakubeit, City of Penticton
It’s National Volunteer Week and I received an email earlier this week from a son who talked about the care given to his mother. He said that the professional, technical care was very good, but the key part for him was how people treated his mother like a real person. You show that compassion when you’re out there in the hospitals and in residential care, and that is what people most appreciate and the important part of what you bring in terms of personal relationships . . . It’s how you approach people and see them as individuals, and how you bring a little bit of warmth, a little bit of humour, and some guidance. So thank you very much for what you do.
Chris Mazurkewich, President and CEO, Interior Health Authority
Photos by Allan Forest