SafeCare BC Hosts Teleforum

March 12, 2014 | News

SafeCare Teleforum


Tuesday March 11, 2014 marked an exciting milestone for SafeCare BC, with SafeCare BC’s latest teleforum.  Over 40 professionals from across the continuing care sector dialed in to participate in the teleforum lead by Mary Ellen Sanajko of Conduit Coaching. Also joining in on the discussion was the newly appointed SafeCare BC executive director, Jennifer Lyle, who offered insight in to the recent progress of SafeCare BC and the vision for the future. Lyle, who took up her new leadership position at the beginning of February, joins the organization as a former Kinesiolgist with an in depth understanding of how injuries occur in the workplace. In addition to Lyle, the dialogue featured perspectives from a panel of four industry health and safety experts: Della Mcgaw with Hospital Employee’s Union, Mark Slobin of Health Employers Association of British Columbia, Michael Sager from WorkSafeBC, and Daniel Fontaine of BC Care Providers Association.

In November of last year, SafeCare BC undertook a training needs assessment to determine the training and resource needs of the long term care sector in British Columbia. Jennifer Hystad and Wynona Giannasi of Howegroup were contracted to carry out the needs assessment and investigate first-hand what the demands of the sector are. The scope of the assessment included all health and safety training, education, and resources available to the long term care sector in British Columbia. Hystad joined the teleforum on Tuesday to offer listeners a sneak-peek at what was discovered during the training needs assessment.

“One of the first initiatives of SafeCare BC was to carry out a comprehensive assessment of what is already out there, and what is needed,” says Lyle. “The teleforum allowed us an opportunity to share what we have learned over the past few months, and how we can use this information to reduce injuries in the workplace.”

telephoneAs the teleforum continued, participants engaged in the dialogue by submitting live questions which were weaved into the conversation.

“The mandate of SafeCare BC is to fulfill the needs of continuing care workers and employers,” says Lyle, “And events like yesterday’s teleforum offer our members a platform to voice their feedback on what is important to them.”

With the latest SafeCare BC teleforum a success, the next opportunity to participate in the conversation will be at the SafeCare BC Inaugural Meeting, coinciding with the BC Care Providers Annual Conference in Whistler, BC. Join Jennifer Lyle in a workshop entitled, SafeCare BC – A Dialogue with the New ED, as she sits down for a face-to-face conversation with the continuing care sector. Also set to take place is a workshop lead by Wynona Giannasi of the Howegroup, where participants will hear about what was learned during the training needs assessment.

If you were unable to attend the province-wide SafeCare BC teleforum, stay informed by listening to the recording below.

Also, don’t forget to provide us feed back on the March 11th teleforum, by filling out this short survey.

Thank you to all those who attended the March 11th teleforum, and we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Inaugural Meeting in Whistler!