Imagine is an annual provincial conference for community-based hospice palliative care groups with the goal of creating a robust and knowledgeable palliative care community in Alberta.
Imagine was created to encourage and support grassroots stakeholders in hospice palliative care. In 2013, the Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association identified over 30 volunteer-driven groups working to further hospice palliative care at a community level in Alberta. These groups, each at varying stages of development, reported a need for education for their volunteer members and a desire to connect with each other. AHPCA listened and created Imagine, bringing together these organizations that had previously worked in isolation.
Since June 2014, the annual Imagine conference has included expert presenters, a panel of participating organizations sharing their knowledge and successes, and networking opportunities. Imagine creates an opportunity for community hospice palliative care groups to learn from the presenters and each other and move forward with common purpose. The AHPCA team also learns at Imagine, about how to best support and work with these community groups, to achieve our shared goals.
The delivery of hospice palliative care services in Alberta functions and thrives because of community-based voluntary groups and their volunteers. Local hospice palliative care organizations support individuals who are dying, allowing them to remain in their communities. Families receive support too, through difficult transitions. These groups provide both the extras and the necessities of care.
Recognizing the important roles of these dedicated groups, the Imagine conference exists to support and connect local hospice palliative care organizations and their members, creating a stronger local palliative care community in Alberta.
Due to the pandemic, Imagine was not held in 2020 or 2021. The in-person Imagine conference will return in Fall 2022.