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Vivien Lai Changemaker Awards 2024

New this year are the Vivian Lai Change Maker Awards, one of the recommendations from the Alberta Association on Gerontology’s (AAG) Future Policy Forum/Culture Change Project and Stakeholder Collaborative Committee. Vivian Lai had a long career with the Alberta Government in planning and policy development that shaped the continuing care system. She worked to ensure that Alberta’s Continuing Care System focused on quality of life for staff and Albertans needing care. She was a committed and influential member of AAG, having served as President of the Edmonton Chapter and the Alberta Board. Vivien was a visionary leader on the Alberta Association on Gerontology’s (AAG) Future Policy Forum/Culture Change Project and Stakeholder Collaborative Committee initiatives where she sought to foster a culture and community conducive to change. Her contributions will have influence on the evolution of continuing care and health aging in Alberta, as well as on those individuals who had the honor of working along side her on many projects and initiatives.

There will be two change maker awards open for nominations of individuals or teams to recognize merit in support of Alberta’s transformative journey.  The awards are focused on priority themes for transformation

Award 1: Service Delivery Innovation – Innovations should address one or both of the following:

  • Implementing Culture Change for person-centered practice or delivery, focused on meaningful engagement with older Albertans making a difference in the individual’s quality of lived experience, appreciating differences, and creating an age positive culture including integrating family caregivers into practice
  • Developing new staffing or education models that create both quality of life for individuals & family care partners and work with meaning for staff and/or expand education programing closer to students in collaboration between educators and providers

Nominations (consisting of a completed nomination form and 2 letters of support must be submitted by email only to: info@albertaaging.ca.

Award 2: Community Focused Engagement & Service Development – Initiatives should address one or both of the following:

  • Movement from a focus on inputs (e.g. health system, payers, buildings and clinicians) to a focus on people in communities
  • Embrace cross-sectoral actions as key to integrated community systems and connections that enhance access to community services

Other award criteria in both categories:

  • Demonstrate collaborative engagement—cross-sectoral initiative; multi-party implementation; citizen engagement
  • Development based on knowledge mobilization as well as integration of evidence and experiential insights
  • Clarity of intent and impact measures
  • Nominees should be front-line transformational leaders or service and support/service development teams, rather than senior organization administrators
  • Nominees from rural as well as urban settings, small organizations as well as large are encouraged

Award recipients will receive a plaque and be featured in the AAG Website “News and Views”. Nominees who are not recipients will receive a certificate of recognition.

Nominations (consisting of a completed nomination form and 2 letters of support must be submitted by email only to: info@albertaaging.ca.

Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2024 @ 4:00 pm.

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