Our first major achievement was the Aven Manor in 1987, a 24-bed independent living facility now dedicated to long term care, built on a downtown land parcel deeded to the Society from the NWT Government and the City.
With the help of many partners in government, volunteers and the private sector, we have expanded our services to include the 24-unit Aven Court, and the 8-unit Aven Ridge independent housing facilities, the Baker Community Centre (operated by the Yellowknife Seniors Society) and the 28-bed Aven Cottages Territorial Dementia Facility opened in March 2010.
With almost 30 years of development and progress, YACCS now has an incredibly dedicated staff of almost 80 professionals, and an operating budget of $9 million a year.
YACCS is governed by a volunteer board of directors who bring skills, passion and commitment to the task. With the opening of the Dementia facility, we realized that many of the earlier goals had been realized, and that many other positive changes had been made in the field of seniors care in Yellowknife and in the NWT.
This prompted the Board to undertake an extensive review of our goals and our mission over the winter of 2010-11. We now have a renewed, long term Strategic Plan. It will continue our record of housing and care, and focuses on growing our services and pursuing excellence in how we deliver them.
Communicating these plans to our residents, their families, staff and our partners is essential to maintaining the trust and confidence they have in us. This report summarizes our plan of 8 strategic priorities, and signals the start of some new initiatives. A more complete report and results will be presented at the YACCS annual meeting on September 29, 2011.
May 26, 2011
The following areas are where the Board will be focusing its attention:
The Board would like to thank all those who participated in this process. We will be incorporating this new and reconfirmed direction into our Strategic Plan that we will be presenting at our Annual General Meeting on September 29, 2011 at the Baker Community Centre.