As you may know, we completed our 7-year funding cycle with a focus on improving lives
for children and youth in BC. Our intention was to transition [in Fiscal 2021] to our next 7-year cycle, this time focused on improving lives of older adults in BC. However, the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans. We found ourselves reorganizing our efforts and launching the #CovidCourageYVR
campaign in the first weeks of the pandemic.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in the #CovidCourageYVR campaign which raised nearly $2M
for early COVID-19 response at two Vancouver urban hospital systems St. Paul’s Hospital
and Vancouver General Hospital
. We especially want to give another BIG THANKS
to our frontline workers, who even today, continue to battle the virus.
We took a step back following this campaign to try and understand the ‘new normal’. We realized that our planned focus on aging adults, although not a very sexy topic, matters today perhaps even more than before. This is why this past fiscal year  we committed $500,000
to the St. Paul’s Foundation for the development of a new model for long-term care. Led by Providence Living
, this will be a first of its kind in Canada publicly funded model informed by research evidence and first hand lived experience.
To help support the funding needs of this transformational project we launched a Conconi Challenge Campaign
and hope you can join us by donating HERE
, and selecting Long Term Care
as the fund. The visionary leadership of Providence Living, supported by BC’s Ministry of Health,
will see that the first LTC built on the new model opens its doors in Comox,
BC in 2024. In addition, this new model will be used to drive the transformation of other LTC facilities under the Providence Living umbrella. We believe this important work will also become an example to others in our Province and beyond.
Transformation is our favourite action verb (have you done a word count yet?) and the past year was marked also by our continued work with the TransForm Project
. The goal of TransForm is to mobilize a shift to integrated community care (ICC) as the new standard of care. The field of ICC is emerging and BC [and Canada] are making significant contributions to its development. The Conconi Family Foundation is pleased to have a seat at this table. In addition, we are thrilled that TransForm has been invited to co-host a conference with the European Forum on Primary Care
with a focus on ICC. We’d like to give a shoutout to the members of our BC delegation that have agreed to join us in Ghent, Belgium this coming September as ambassadors for a BC-grown model of ICC.
Looking forward to the current fiscal year, we will continue to double down on the ICC and projects we believe can be transformational. Also, you can always expect us to take new risks so STAY TUNED!
Before I sign off I’d like to extended a public welcome to Meagan Bacciaglia who joined our Conconi Family Foundation team this year. Because of her mad organization skills and a keen eye for detail, Meagan has joined us as an Operations Administrator. However, she is also very passionate about Public Health and extremely curious about knowledge translation so you might see some fresh thought leadership in the coming months.
Until next time, all my best!