North Bay's Radley wins Healthy Change Champion awardSaturday, September 07, 2013 by: Kate AdamsThe newest recipient of the North East LHIN’s Healthy Change Champion award is Alice Radley, Executive Director of North Bay-based Physically Handicapped Adults’ Rehabilitation Association (PHARA) shown with PHARA Board Chair, John Balfe.
North East LHIN
Long-serving North East LHIN committee member Alice Radley, Executive Director of North Bay-based Physically Handicapped Adults’ Rehabilitation Association (PHARA), is the newest Northerner to be named North East LHIN Healthy Change Champion.
This award recognizes the leadership of members of our Northeastern communities who are helping to build a strong local health care system that focuses on the needs of Northerners.
Similar to her own career’s transition from 1986 as PHARA’s secretary/bookkeeper, to her appointment as its Executive Director in 1993, Alice has experienced many health care system changes.
Alice has been involved in PHARA’s three housing projects, and ensured that supportive housing has been an integral part of each one.
“Health care should be available for people when needed,” Alice says about her philosophy of care. “In order for this to happen, it means supporting clients/patients as they move across the continuum of care. All partners in the delivery of services must work together toward the common goal of providing the best care possible at the right time and place.”
Alice says that health care should focus more on the needs of our growing seniors’ population, which currently stands at 19 per cent of our Northeastern population, and will grow to 30 per cent in the next two decades.
“The direction is to enable people to remain in their homes longer and to have the supports that are required to ensure dignity and respect in all stages of their lives,” says Alice.
In addition to her active work on the North East LHIN’s various committees, Alice serves on various Ontario boards. She is Board Chair of the Ontario Association of Independent Living Service Providers, and has been a board member of the Ontario Non Profit Housing Association. She also is a member of the Northern Independent Living Association which works with members from across the North East Region.