Message From the CEO
Connecting to Impact
As we settle back into fall routines, I hope you hold onto memories made during this past summer, including the beautiful and yes hot days! Soon enough we’ll be complaining about the cold and dreaming of those warm days.
At SCHC while things did slow down a little bit and many of us got some time away to relax and enjoy our families we were still busy at work not only meeting the many diverse needs of our clients, celebrating our communities through events like our summer festivals, and building our programs and services, but also in ensuring our accountability to our communities, our staff and our funders remains strong. Specifically, we are preparing for accreditation by Accreditation Canada in April of 2017, finalizing our Organizational Sustainability Strategy, which some of you helped us develop, thank you, and we have been working with our partners to ensure we are aligned with the Ministry of Health’s Patient First legislation.
Accreditation is an independent audit of our practices and processes to ensure that we are providing the highest quality of services based on national standards established by Accreditation Canada. The process will evaluate and benchmark SCHC with other like organizations and guide us in our continuous quality improvement journey.
In the development of our Organizational Sustainability Strategy we have identified several priorities and actions to ensure SCHC is a strong organization, here to provide our holistic health and wellness services long into the future. Highlights of the report include that SCHC will work with other health and community providers to ensure people have integrated and timely and access to programs and services that address their health and wellness needs as their life circumstance change over time; that SCHC teams can quickly adapt to meet changing health and wellness needs of our community at any given time; that people can access SCHC services at the right time, at the right place; and that we have sufficient funding to support our future growth. For more information on the plan and our next steps, please visit our website at www.schcontario.ca.
So as we enter into fall and approach Thanksgiving, I am thankful to be a part of such a strong, passionate and connected organization, full of staff, volunteers and a Board of Directors that remain committed to improving the health and well-being of the people of Scarborough.