One year ago today, a group of like-minded patient, family and citizen champions partnered with the O’Brien Institute for Public Health to host a forum with the following aim – “We can do better in Alberta in improving the experience of health care, and the quality, safety and outcomes of our care”. The forum brought together visionary health care providers, educators, politicians and citizens and connected with more than 400 attendees, another 275 via our webcast. #2015ImagineProject conversation trended third on twitter. January 22, 2015 established a call to action where collaboration and conversations with individuals and organizations was seen as the only way that we can all bring about these changes. Since the launch, the commitment, leadership and work provided by IMAGINE’s Steering Committee and the many others who have connected with us has been essential in helping the team build the IMAGINE foundation. The support of the Health Quality Council of Alberta and the O’Brien Institute has beene ssential in our ability to create, collaborate and grow IMAGINE. The last year had many challenges but in the end we believe that together we can make a difference. Thanks to everyone who has connected with IMAGINE and we are excited about what we will accomplish together in the years to come.
We acknowledge that Alberta is the traditional and ancestral meeting grounds for many Indigenous People, presently subject to Treaty 6, 7, and 8 territorial lands. These lands are the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, the Tsuut’ina Nation as well as the Métis Nation of Alberta and part of the traditional Homeland of the Métis Nation. May we continue to live with respect on this land and in peace with all our relations.