Quarterly Newsletter of the Canadian Chapter of ACHE
Summer 2019
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Message from Your Board Chair
Message from Your ACHE Regent - Summer 2019
Elections Process for 2020 Board of Directors
Call for Nominations: 2019 Regent's Award for Canada
Improved Communication Leads to Higher Patient Outcomes, Lower Readmission Rates
ACHE Canada Member Spotlight: Danielle Swerhone
New & Noteworthy in Canadian Healthcare
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2019 Chapter Officers

Frances Roesch, FACHE 

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Vice Chair

Todd Stepaniuk   

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Leslie Benecki, FACHE 

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Chair, Audit Committee

Guy Bourbonnière

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Chair, Communications 

Paula Neves, PhD

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Chair, Membership & Advancement

Todd Stepanuik   

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Chair, Programs

David Matear, FACHE

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Regent &

Chair, Nominations

Danielle Swerhone, FACHE

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Message from Your ACHE Regent - Summer 2019

Message from Your ACHE Regent
Summer 2019

It’s summer, and can you believe it finally arrived!  We have reached the mid-point of our calendar year, and as the saying goes, we cannot create change without changing things!  Over the past few years, the Chapter has been addressing challenges and making new changes.  Collectively we hope this is making a positive difference for all of you as members.  We know people have been taking time out of your busy schedules to advance in professional development, network with others, and entice others to join ACHE, as we have seen an overall increase in our Chapter membership. 

Membership involvement is a key factor in our success as a Chapter and we need each of you to assist us in continuing to grow our ACHE membership.  Reach out – I am confident that each of you can “bring along” someone who would benefit from the many values ACHE brings to our careers.

One of the best things I have learned as being your Regent, is establishing new relationships.  It is truly inspiring when I see members from across our country sacrifice considerable time and energy in order to make our profession better.  I encourage you to look for ways to consider volunteering and being active in our Chapter activities, as it takes a team to achieve our goals!

At this mid-year point, I want to acknowledge the many positive changes accomplished through the Chapter, but I want to speak to one in particular – our Nomination process for Officers and Directors of our Canadian Chapter Board & Committees.   In follow up to the new Chapter Bylaw changes, the Regent for Canada is the Chair of the Nomination Committee.   I am proud to be serving in this role.  We will be having a number of Board of Director openings in every geographic area of our country, and I encourage everyone to consider putting their name forward or encourage another ACHE member to do so.  The timelines for applications has moved up in the year, as the Board of Directors will now serve based on a calendar year.  So please make a calendar note, to complete your application to the Nomination Committee and get more involved.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me at dswerhone@gmail.com.

On another positive note, discussions have and continue between ACHE and CCHL regarding a partnership for all members in both Colleges.  I have been involved for over 10 years in these discussions, and honestly say that the timing of a partnership has never been so positively welcomed between both Colleges.  I anticipate more positive strides towards this partnership evolving over the next year.

We have done a lot here in Canada for ACHE...and we still have a lot more to do.  This is particularly evident in the area of our Higher Education Networks (HENS).  Currently we only have two accredited partners (University of Alberta; McMaster University), supportive of participating as HENS, when we know there are over 12 key universities offering education programs in the health services.  By joining the ACHE HEN, the academic program agrees to encourage the students to become Student Associates of ACHE, and they advance their membership upon graduation.  The program director receives benefits, as well as the students in this partnership.  For more information please see the link below.
https://www.ache.org/membership/forums-and-networks/higher-education-network.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me at dswerhone@gmail.com.

Collectively, many hands and brains, lessens the load of one.  We are changing things, and we all hope for the better, for you as members.  We want to influence and contribute to the health industry through the development and promotion of its future leaders.  I hope you all enjoy your summer, and I hope to see you at a future program, event, or serve with the Canadian Chapter.

With enthusiasm,

Danielle Swerhone
ACHE Regent for Canada
Calgary, Alberta


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The Canadian Chapter of ACHE is an independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Vision: To be the professional association of choice for Canada's health leaders.

Mission: To promote exceptional professional development through partnerships, networks and access to national and international resources enabling health care leadership excellence.