Keynote 2020: Pharmacare – 2020 Conference Presentation by Steve Morgan

As part of BCRTA’s 2020 Conference, Dr. Steve Morgan shared this presentation.

 

Dr. Steve Morgan is a renowned Canadian health economist whose work promotes universal access to appropriately prescribed, affordably priced, and equitably financed medications. Dr. Morgan is a full professor in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health. Widely published, he has provided policy advice and expert testimony to governments in Canada and abroad, and has represented Canada at the World Health Organization. Dr. Morgan has won awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Commonwealth Fund, McMaster University, the University of British Columbia, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Q & A with Dr. Steve Morgan

Conference moderator Arnie Lambert facilitated a question and answer session with Dr. Steve Morgan immediately after his presentation on Pharmacare.

 

Dr. Steve Morgan is a renowned Canadian health economist whose work promotes universal access to appropriately prescribed, affordably priced, and equitably financed medications. Dr. Morgan is a full professor in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health. Widely published, he has provided policy advice and expert testimony to governments in Canada and abroad, and has represented Canada at the World Health Organization. Dr. Morgan has won awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Commonwealth Fund, McMaster University, the University of British Columbia, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Keynote 2020: Isobel Mackenzie Seniors Advocate of BC

Presentation and Q & A from BCRTA’s 2020 Conference, Oct 2, 2020. Isobel Mackenzie focuses on the needs of seniors in care, outlining recent statistics from our province.

TOPIC: Long Term Care in BC

Isobel Mackenzie has over 20 years’ experience working with seniors in home care, licensed care, community services and volunteer services. Isobel led B.C.’s largest not-for-profit agency, serving over 6,000 seniors annually. In this work, Isobel led the implementation of a new model of dementia care that has become a national best practice, and led the first safety accreditation for homecare workers, among many other accomplishments. Isobel has been widely recognized for her work and was named B.C. CEO of the Year for the not-for-profit sector and nominated as a Provincial Health Care Hero.

Keynote 2020: Dr. Roger Wong

This presentation and Q & A were part of BCRTA’s 2020 Conference on October 2, 2020.

TOPIC: Older Adults During COVID-19: Knowledge Translation in Pandemic

Dr. Roger Wong is Vice Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Medicine, UBC, a geriatrics specialist doctor, clinical professor of geriatric medicine, the 13th President of the Canadian Geriatrics Society, and a TEDx speaker. Dr. Wong is an internationally-recognized leader in elder care and lectures widely around the world. In addition to him many other responsibilities, he is better known to our members for his regular column on health in BCRTA’s PostScript magazine.

Success for Online 2020 Conference and AGM

BCRTA Online Conference and AGM Well-received

On October 2 and 3, BCRTA hosted its first online conference and AGM. The annual meeting weekend is a highlight of the BCRTA calendar and great effort was made to replicate some of the camaraderie that we experience at in-person meetings. An extensive package was sent out to delegates, with the usual reports and instructions, but also technical support and suggestions for how to create a feeling of connection. Dozens of delegates sent in photos of themselves wearing one of this year’s mementos, a BCRTA/Johnson scarf.

Conference moderator Arnie Lambert arranged a line-up of top-notch keynote speakers for this year’s conference, with a central theme of health. Keynote speakers were BC Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie and two UBC professors, Dr. Steve Morgan and Dr. Roger Wong. In this issue of Connections you will see several reports on the day’s presentations, with links to view the videos.

The primary concern for the Oct. 3 AGM was to allow delegates to fully review and vote on the standard business items that make up the annual meeting. The AGM kicked off right on time with outgoing President Gerry Tiede welcoming a full roster of delegates. The bulk of the meeting was chaired by long-time BCRTA luminary Pat Brady – a familiar and trusted voice who kept things moving with his customary good humour. Apart from one or two delegates who experienced technical challenges, delegates were able to log into the meeting and take part.

An evaluation survey completed by the majority of delegates showed very high levels of satisfaction with the overall structure of the meeting and especially the critical governance functions. A whopping 94% of delegates gave the secure online voting procedures the highest possible marks for ease of use.

Other features of the Conference Day included the Golden Star Awards, Branch Membership Awards and BCRTA’s PostScript Excellence Awards.

Months of planning and technical set-up had produced an intense but very informative and entertaining two days, and our association had properly met our responsibility to have members meet for our Annual General Meeting. In the face of significant disruption, our association once again asserted its adaptable goodwill.

Well done, everyone!

Here are some snapshots from the two days:

 

On the Conference Day, delegates showed off the BCRTA/Johnson scarves created for the event.

Some Delegate Comments

  • I really enjoyed the online conference. It was organized very well and the moderation of the segments was excellent. I hope there are more online events like this one.
  • Financial report was excellent. The Postscript awards interviews were a highlight.
  • Clarity of concerns, discussions, and decisions were excellent!
  • That took a great deal of organizing and we thank you.
  • Educated people know how to work together yet stay apart!!
  • Very well done. Even the glitches were interesting to watch.
  • Really good all round. I sure missed meeting up with other delegates but wearing pj’s was a joy.
  • It was very well done. I missed the people contact and the food at my house was not as good as conference food.
  • I was impressed with the ease of the voting procedure.
  • Very well-organized and informative.
  • Excellent job by Arnie and award presenters.
  • Thought the whole thing was good – was better than I anticipated.
  • AGM showed excellent team work and displayed a high standard of effort…..just what the BCRTA is all about.

2020 Branch Membership Awards

As part of BCRTA’s Oct 2 Conference day, Membership Committee Chair Dave Scott presented several branches with awards for membership growth.

This year’s winners include:

  • Large Branch: Surrey
  • Medium Branch: Parksville Qualicum
  • Small Branch: Comox

View the presentation video below.

 

Clough Awarded Life Membership

Past President Joins Exclusive Group

As she completed her two year term as Past President on the BCRTA board, there was one final duty for Patricia Clough at the BCRTA AGM. That was to accept an exclusive honour from the meeting delegates, granting her Life Membership in the association. Only a handful of people have received this honour, one of them being meeting chair Pat Brady, who gave Patricia a cheerful welcome to that small group.

In his remarks leading up to the motion to grant Patricia Clough this honour, outgoing President Gerry Tiede highlighted the significant accomplishments of our association’s recent strategic initiatives, a process begun by Clough when she first became president. Tiede contrasted the state of affairs of the operations of the association at the beginning of that process to the present, listing a number of accomplishments and the engagement of the leadership group. He highlighted the fact that BCRTA is now viewed by many sister organizations as a leading example of effective organizational change, and that we now receive many requests for advice and consultation from other groups.

In accepting her award, Patricia thanked the meeting and the board for the honour. She remarked that it felt like a completion of her earlier work in the Teachers’ Federation, where she also received a Life Membership. Together these two honours are markers of her lifelong ambition to help teachers.

 

Golden Star Awards BCRTA Conference 2020

Excellence in Public Education Committee Chair Caroline Malm created a presentation for the 2020 BCRTA Conference celebrating this year’s winners of the Golden Star Awards.

This year’s winners hail from Thetis Island Elementary School and Tecumseh Elementary School. Feature articles on the winners will appear in the Winter 2020 PostScript Magazine.

View the 2020 Golden Star Awards Presentation here:

 

PostScript Excellence Awards – BCRTA Conference 2020

On October 2, BCRTA celebrated contributors to PostScript Magazine with the 2020 PostScript Magazine Awards.

Executive Director Tim Anderson made the presentations and had a brief conversation with each of the winners about their contribution.


Here is a complete list of nominees and winners:

Best Personal Experience Article (Sheila Gair Award)

Nominees

“Paddles Up” by Cheryl Halstead, Summer 2019
“Moving to a Plant-based Diet” by Norman and Julie Gleadow, Fall 2019
“Graduation Day” by Ralph Martin, Fall 2019
“Book review, Bolder” by Lynda Grace Phillipsen, Winter 2019
“Time for Uke” by Lynn Hodge, Winter 2019
“Finding the Fourth” by David Sackville, Winter 2019
“Test Those Ears” by Terry Green, Spring 2020

Winner: David Sackville

Best Travel Article

Nominees

“Sahara by Camel” by Garry Litke, Summer 2019
“Albania’s Ancient Roads” by Roberta Huber, Summer 2019
“Ladakh: Beacon at the Top of the World” by David Simms, Summer 2019
“Lisbon: Home of Fado” by Gord Yakimow, Fall 2019
“Routes des Vins” by Lorrie Williams, Fall 2019
“On the Chemin de St. Jacques” by Christine Sanders, Winter 2019
“L’Viv” by Gord Yakimow, Spring 2020

Winner: Christine Sanders

Best Artwork or Photograph

Nominees

Ladakh series by David Simms, Summer 2019
Morocco Series by Garry Litke, Summer 2019
Lisbon: Home of Fado by Gord Yakimow, Fall 2019
Routes des Vins by Lorrie Williams, Fall 2019
Cover, Zoe in the forest by Kathryn Bourdon, Fall 2019
Paintings by Lyn Tretiak, Winter 2019
Cover, Boundary Bay by Peter Scurr, Winter 2019
Painting and sketches by Leonard Shane, Spring 2020
Photos, including cover by Lon Smith, Spring 2020

Winners:

Kathryn Bourdon
Lorrie Williams

Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to our many contributors!