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New Bylaws and Name Change for ASCHA


ince 2015, ASCHA has been known as the “Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association” as part of its 50th Anniversary rebranding.  On June 2, 2020, during ASCHA’s 55th Annual General Meeting, a motion was passed by ASCHA’s membership with a resounding 85% support to amend the association’s bylaws so that the association could represent our members’ community housing in addition to their seniors housing portfolios.

The inclusion of community housing in ASCHA’s bylaws, which were officially filed on June 6, 2020, allows ASCHA to bring not only seniors housing issues forward with one-voice action, but also represent the full spectrum of housing options our members offer.  The newly filed bylaws can be accessed here.  Community housing providers will now have a fully resourced association to offer services and support to their operations and advocacy, as part of our three-year strategic plan. 

The remainder of 2020 will be focused on research and exploration as the association consults with its members and key stakeholders to identify the priorities and needs of Alberta’s community housing providers.  With this information and data, ASCHA will make informed decisions and chart a course to advocate for our members’ full housing offerings that call for housing reform, innovation, and efficiencies.

To reflect the adoption of a more inclusive direction for the association, the name of the Association was changed by a member vote to “The Alberta Seniors & Community Housing Association.” (ASCHA).   Our new name is now proudly reflected in our branding.

ASCHA is dedicated to co-creating a future for seniors and community housing with its members and the broader sector, working with government and stakeholders in transformative, bold ways.  We recognize the hard work of our Board in setting the course for this important work, and applaud our members for taking this giant leap forward to do the right thing for everyone they serve.

We look ahead with hope and optimism for what the future of seniors and community housing will offer to Albertans.

COVID-19 Information for Members

A Quick Reference Guide for Resources and Information

In these unprecedented times, we know that there is a vast array of communications circulating about COVID-19.  Our focus has been to find the most trusted resources and factual information for our members and curate this so that our members can easily find what they need, when they need it.  Below is a summary of how ASCHA has been responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

  • Teleconferencing with the Ministry of Alberta Seniors and Housing – We are gathering information and circulating updates and protocols by direct email to the main contacts at our Member Organizations, as well as ALL Lodge providers (whether they are ASCHA members or not).

  • Direct Conversation with Leaders from Alberta Health Services and the Ministry of Alberta Health – We are taking member concerns regarding the care of residents/tenants in their buildings forward on regular calls with Health and Alberta Health Services, and circulating updates and resources directly to our members.

  • Ongoing Member Conversations on ASCHA Connect – This is where our regular members can share best practices, and ask each other questions. We will also be posting relevant information and resource documents here: https://connect.ascha.com/home  Note: ASCHA Connect is for ASCHA Regular Members ONLY.

  • Primary Sources of Information for Everyone - (note, these sites are constantly updated, and we advise you visit them regularly):
    COVID-19 Information for Albertans
    COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool
    COVID-19 Information for Staff and Healthcare Professionals
    Government of Canada COVID-19 Information
    CMHC Coronavirus Updates

  • Member Conferencing - ASCHA hosts calls with its membership once every two weeks using a virtual platform.  Invitations to join these member-only calls will be sent to the primary contacts at our member organizations.

The ASCHA Office is still in fully operational at this time, and we are working hard to support you despite the changing status of this pandemic.  Should members have any questions, or require support, please contact us.  We will continue to update as the situation unfolds.

Interested in Careers in Seniors Housing?

Find out more about job opportunities, and how to post a job ad

Our Classifieds Page has a full listing of active employment vacancies within our sector.  You will find details on how to apply in each individual job posting.

If you are an ASCHA member interested in advertising a job opportunity, please send us a PDF of your job posting and we will be happy to add it to our listings.

2019 – 2020 Annual Report

ASCHA is proud to release it’s 2019-2020 Annual Report