We Are 

The Action for Reform of Residential Care (ARRCBC) Association is dedicated to promoting quality of life in long term care facilities in British Columbia through education and advocacy. The association is made of up clinicians, researchers, family members and other citizens concerned with the care provided in long-term care facilities. 

Our Goal

Our goal is a long term care system where residents are supported to live their lives as fully and joyfully as possible. 

We Believe

ARRCBC Chair: Dr. Penny MacCourt 

Dr. Penny MacCourt has a social work background and has worked with older adults in the community, long term care and acute care settings for many years as a clinical social worker. She holds a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work from University of Manitoba and a PhD (Interdisciplinary Studies) from University of Victoria. Her doctoral and post-doctoral studies have focused on aging, mental health and service delivery. She is a founding member of the BC Psychogeriatric Association and was appointed to the Seniors Advisory Committee to the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She is past Chair of the Social Policy and Practice Division of the Canadian Association on Gerontology. She received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her contribution to Canada for her work with caregivers. Through practice, research, policy and advocacy, and in collaboration with others, her goal is to facilitate social environments (relationships, policy, services) that support seniors’ well being/mental health.

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