Six common themes from six regional meetings

Over the last 4 months IMAGINE held six regional meetings across the province. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who joined us and shared their thoughts in Wainwright, Stettler, Peace River, Pincher Creek, Okotoks and Brocket. Participants from these communities shared their thoughts about their health care experiences and a number of key themes […]

Person-Centred Care in Precision Health

Imagine Citizens Network (ICN) has started collaborating with the Cumming School of Medicine as they launch a new program called Precision Health[1]. The first course of the four streams launched this August.  The first course was designed as a Foundations block-week where all participants came together.  Central to the planning for that block week was the emphasis […]

The Crazy Slow Adoption of Person-Centred Care

There is an adoption problem with the concept of person-centred care (PCC). The precepts of this concept were detailed almost 30 years ago, and it has been vigorously promoted ever since. And while a commitment to PCC can be found on every Canadian health system website, it’s struggling to gain traction in what continues to be a discouragingly provider-driven healthcare system. What’s afoot? Why the crazy slow adoption of PCC?

We are now Imagine Citizens Network!

IMAGINE Citizens has refreshed its brand to become Imagine Citizens Network (ICN)!  Our new name and bold new logo will better support us in building awareness of who we are and what we’re about as we continue to grow our presence in Alberta. We are indeed a network of health citizens, community partners, health-oriented organizations and innovators aimed at transforming health and care in Alberta.

True Co-Design for Patient Guide

“I just assumed my family doctor was aware.” This is a common assumption amongst Albertans who have needed care outside of that received from their primary care physician. Unfortunately, this is often not the case due to a lack of continuity of information flow between hospitals and primary care providers. The good news is that […]

The Power of Storytelling

Amongst humans, storytelling has been a practice and an art for thousands of years. Early societies transferred their histories, aspects of their cultures and their knowledge to younger generations through stories, and some Indigenous peoples still do. Storytelling is also a powerful way to gain the attention of others; the life of the party is […]

Falling Through the Cracks: Greg’s Story

IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health was honoured to collaborate with Greg’s Wings to host a virtual screening and discussion of Falling Through the Cracks: Greg’s Story. The event on November 25, 2020, united 24 viewers from across Alberta and other provinces.

Lisa Casselman: My Big Sister Carol: Seeking to belong, desperate for a voice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvOjkDC8pB0 Carol suffered brain damage at birth, leaving her to face life with mental disabilities. Being part of a community and a sense of belonging were important to her, says her sister Lisa. But as her schizoaffective disorder took hold in her later years, an effective support team became critical. She found that support network in the […]

Anne Findlay: My mother’s eyes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2u_Emb_uDQ Anne Findlay’s life is intricately intertwined with the healthcare system. It’s a connection that stems from the death of her mother after she was injured at the hands of those who were supposed to heal her. Beth Findlay had lost her husband, and had been forced from her home and community after suffering a […]

Anne Ewen: Sometimes, memories are all that matter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0Occ8KN9Kw There are times when a healthy return to normal life from a medical condition is not an option. Sometimes, making the best of a bad situation with the help of plenty of compassion is all one can ask for. For Anne Ewen’s husband, diabetes eventually became a death sentence. There came a time when […]

Teri Price: Her brother Greg’s death and her own healthcare journey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vBraTx8bcA The death of her brother Greg shook Teri Price to the core. A few painful weeks later, the young Calgary woman found herself navigating the same healthcare system behind the fateful chain of medical errors that killed her brother. Greg’s death in May 2012 was painful and mere months after her brother’s death, it […]

John Cuthbertson: A passing in Foothills’ Unit 36

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYPK5otOfFY Life changed forever for John Cuthbertson when he took his wife Dawn into the Foothills hospital emergency room one cold, November day. She would never leave the hospital and would face death in the Foothills’ Unit 36, a special unit where only the very sick are treated. “I had no idea what my family […]

Gail Mackean: Living for treatments or treatments to live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAl2x-qX2kQ The birth of a child is supposed to be the beginning of a parent’s lifetime of joy. For Gail MacKean, the birth of her son marked the beginning of a life-long journey through Alberta’s healthcare system, a journey marred by confusion, fear and frustration. MacKean’s story is the story of a family left in […]

Charlie Fischer: What happens to those who can’t advocate for themselves?

As someone who has served as a leader in several energy giants in Calgary, Alberta, Charlie Fischer is an icon in the business community. So it was that when he was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer, he brought to bear an impressive team and strategy to his battle against the disease. By his side […]

IMAGINE COVID Survey Findings

In late August to mid-September 2020, IMAGINE Citizens conducted a brief survey of people in or connected to our community about citizen involvement in future pandemic planning and decision-making.

Spotlight On: Linda Kolewaski

With 25 years of experience caring for others as an optician and partner in the family home building centre, Linda brings passion and tenacity to Imagine Citizens Network.  She has a can-do attitude, keen organizational skills and firm understanding that you can, and need to, take ownership of your outcomes (whether these are for your […]

IMAGINE Citizens has joined the ACCESS 2022 movement

Access 2022 is a social movement to create a new day for health care in Canada, one where Canadians have access to their health information and digitally-enabled tools and services to better manage their care.

Spotlight On: Alana Kitchen

Alana has a BSc in chemical engineering from Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ont. She is the founder and president of Who to Call Inc., a Calgary startup that connects Calgary homeowners with quality home renovation and maintenance professionals. Alana juggles a busy family and career life and describes herself as an inspired forever learner. With her […]

The input of everyday Albertans made a difference

A year ago, IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health completed a project in which we had an in-depth conversation with 28 Albertans over the course of several months on two topics that were top of mind to Alberta Health (government ministry responsible for health).