Undoubtedly, the past year has been an interesting one politically in Alberta, particularly regarding health-care service provision in our province.
The proposed and occurring changes we have seen to our health-care system have been concerning for even the staunchest of governing party supporters, and are only now being reviewed as a result of the collective disapproval of Albertans.
With this in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to shine light on some of the relatively unsung heroes keeping Albertans safe and healthy.
As with other Tune-up events, at this year’s Winter Tune-up, held on Dec. 17th, at the Central Alberta AIDS Network Society (CAANS), a number of health and non-health-related service providers came together to ensure that those in need received vital services this winter.
Despite the uncertain political reality within and surrounding Alberta Health Services of late, many health-care professionals continue to exemplify their commitment to our community through their participation at community-level events, such as the Tune-up events.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Alberta Health Services staff who have contributed for their hard work and dedication.
As well, a number of other public and private service providers and partners played a key role in this Winter Tune-up.
From the donation of a delicious hot lunch to the provision of free hair cuts and ID clinic services, our partners act as a shining example of community collaboration and creative service provision.
We would like to recognize the contributions and participation of Hilltop Pharmacy, the Kentwood Catering team, Red Deer Primary Care Network, Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic, St. John Ambulance, Poplar Ridge School, Marvel College, Street Ties, Red Deer Native Friendship Society, Lacombe and District FCSS, KRAZE 101.3, Berachah Place, AG Foods and Sobeys south.
It is through events such as this, and those who make them possible, that we can continue to ensure that all Albertans are able to access the services they need and have a right to, even when systemic dysfunction occurs.
That being said, it is critical that Albertans continue to make their voices heard and every effort possible to preserve those rights that we, as Canadians, hold dear.
AIDS Network Society