Quality and safety summit opens conversations for IMAGINE Citizens

Attending and presenting at Alberta Health Service’s fourth annual Quality and Safety Summit in October, our guest columnist shares her experience as an IMAGINE Citizen promoting Healthcare 101.


Alberta Health Services’ fourth annual Quality and Safety Summit was held at the University of Calgary on Oct. 17-18. Themed “1 + 1 = 3”, the two-day event aimed to solve old problems, spark curiosity and build stronger networks.

The stars aligned in my favour, allowing me to attend as an IMAGINE Citizens volunteer tasked with presenting our poster – Healthcare 101 to conference attendees. I felt a little like Alice in Wonderland falling through the “rabbit hole.”

By the time the posters were hung at 7:00 AM on the first day, a broad range of innovative creations were on display. I have to say I felt a sense of pride in our team’s efforts and was honoured to have our poster among this group.

Each of the 64 posters touched on one of two main themes: “Transformation through Innovation” and “Successful Quality Improvement Projects”. Our poster was under the Innovation category.

While we did not win an award, IMAGINE Citizens did make its presence felt. I had two days to sing the praises of the people who gave life to Healthcare 101 and to enlighten listeners to our organization. The Healthcare 101 colourful little magnets provided a lasting impression of our project, and provided an in-road to start conversations.

I took in several lectures and viewed Greg’s Story: Falling through the Cracks.  What a powerful, moving film.

Thanks to the stars (and Troy Stooke, HC101 Project Lead, IMAGINE Citizens) for aligning in my favour and giving me the good fortune to be part of this event.

Submitted by: Linda Kolewaski