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Committing to Seniors Care: Addressing the Gaps

Tue, 2020-12-01 12:00


Thank you for joining us for this second webinar in our series focused on Committing to Seniors Care. This particular webinar focused on the gaps in our Seniors Care system within home care/support, assisted living, and long-term care and how we can address those gaps. 

Our three speakers for this webinar were:

  • Scott De Long was elected to his role as Vice President of the 11,000 members of Community Health of the BCGEU in March of 2017. In the role as the Vice President of Community Health Scott as well as the Chair of the Community Health Bargaining Association. Prior to 2017 Scott served three years on the Provincial Executive of the BCGEU. In Scott’s current role he is participating in the ongoing discussion about the largest transfer of Employees from the private to the public sector and advocating for safe working conditions during the current pandemic.

  • Anita Dickson was a past President of the LPN Association of BC. From an early age, Anita’s dream was to be a nurse, though she wasn’t able to pursue this passion until later in life.  After a career in office administration, Anita left Ontario and returned to BC to embark on her dream, first as a Residential Care Aid in Long-term Facilities.  There she became interested in the increasing use of LPNs and decided to further her education at Vancouver Community College where she was honoured with the “Best Bedside Nurse” award. In 2001 she began working in the Emergency Dept as an Orderly where she was trained in Urologist assist and Orthopedic assist. As an LPN, she has worked in many other sectors of the nursing field including Neurology, Orthopaedics, Med/Surg, Cardiac Step-down unit, Palliative and Hospice Care Units.    Most recently, she completed a certificate in Gerontology through Canadian Nurses Association. Anita has always been a strong advocate for LPNs working to their full scope as a part of a health care team.  Her most recent advocacy was her involvement in the research and publication of "The Place of Assisted Living in BC's Seniors Case System".  Her passion is to ensure seniors get the best care possible.

  • Sheila Pither is the President of the Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations of British Columbia (COSCO) which is a non-partisan coalition with more than 75 senior groups across the province.  Sheila fervently believes that if we work together we can protect and improve the well-being of seniors.  

This webinar was gratefully hosted on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

You can download slides from our speakers using the link below as well as view a recording of the webinar.