As you are already aware, the COVID-19 pandemic already has a foothold in Alberta and we find ourselves in a time of uncertainty. We want to thank each and every one of you for continuing to serve the disability sector with the same dedication in days past.
Your board strives to bring together people with various backgrounds and experiences that benefit our membership in a variety of ways. We encourage those of you with a financial and/or accounting background, those who bring expertise with organizational management as well as those of you with direct support experience to apply. Disability workers fill a variety of roles and support diverse needs. ADWA aims to have that diversity and varied perspectives reflected in conversations at the board table.
The Nominations Committee welcomes candidates form any part of Alberta. The majority of the meetings are on Skype, so limited travel time is required.
All the way back in 2013, the then Conservative provincial government announced $42 million in cuts to the PDD program, focused on services that helped people live in the community.
There was a clear message with it: money used to take someone to Tim Horton’s for coffee was money wasted.
Disability Community has a history of challenging cuts
In July’s e-bulletin we let you know about the changes at ADWA. While change is often difficult, we recognize that in our world today and particularly the disability sector, it is inevitable.
Our ninth Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Sunday, May 12, 2019, starting at 6:00 pm in Plaza 5 of the Best Western Premier Hotel (formerly Coast Plaza, 1316 – 33 St NE, Calgary). Here is what's planned.
ADWA board members take an active role in government education and advocacy for better compensation, educational opportunities and safety. Board members represent ADWA and disability workers on workforce and service provider councils in some regions and other advisory groups. Some make presentations about ADWA to students and service providers. All participate in daytime board and committee meetings to develop strategies that move ADWA’s goals forward. If you are interested in running for the ADWA board, submit your nomination by April 12, 2019 to email@example.com
We continue to pursue opportunities to get our messages out about disability worker needs and roles in helping individuals with disabilities have better lives. Here is what we’ve been up to in late 2018 and what’s on the horizon in early 2019.
The PDD Review panel has now posted its online survey at https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/opinio6/s?s=41909 and will accept responses until December 7. We urge ADWA members and others to complete the survey, send a written or video submission to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or participate in a community conversation. While we encourage you to share your experiences, we also developed some key points you may find useful.
The PDD Review panel has been named and conversations will be held in a limited number of communities across Alberta from October 23 through December 5. Disability workers have been specifically named as one of the parties the panel wants to hear from, along with individuals who receive PDD services, their families, organizations and the public. We urge ADWA members and others to participate in this process to send a strong message about what is needed to address underlying problems and build on the strengths of our sector. Here's how.