Full statements issued in response to our story on spending at a conference by the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre:


From the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre

Home and Community Care is and will continue to be a vital part of our health care system  and the ongoing professional development of our staff who interact with patients and deliver patient care is an essential part of our work. The annual OACCAC Conference is one of a kind for the home and community sector in Ontario and the premier opportunity to share best practices, research and innovations in patient care across home and community care providers. The WWCCAC supports  professional development of staff to ensure the delivery of high quality patient care. Historically, WWCCAC has supported conference participation for 30 – 35 staff, this year we had access to complimentary passes enabling attendance by additional staff. The WWCCAC meets all Broader Public Sector regulatory requirements around recording and reporting of expenses.


From Brian Cowan, chair of the WWCCAC's board:

The role of the Board is to set priorities for the organization while ensuring financial responsibility and accountability. Our strategic plan, which was developed in collaboration with leaders in our community, has a strong focus on our people and our commitment to providing staff with training and professional development opportunities that are relevant to their work. The OACCAC conference is a platform for innovation, research and the sharing of best practice and provides an exceptional learning opportunity for staff, particularly in this time of change. Our priority is delivering exceptional care to patients through a highly trained and skilled team of health care professionals.