“One cannot consent to creep when one has an impulse to soar.” (Helen Keller)
BACI, powered by its vision of “a society that includes all people,” continues to soar as a leader in the Community Living movement. BACI’s overarching goal for the next five years – “Inclusion Through Innovation” – encompasses not only its vision of inclusion but also puts into words what I believe has always set BACI apart from other organizations. It is BACI’s way of being in the world – of daring to soar, of daring to dream, of reaching further, of exploring all possibilities. It is this spirit and passion deeply embedded in BACI that garners my deep respect and loyalty for this organization and its people.
During the past year, evidence of BACI’s innovative spirit and deep commitment to inclusion has been demonstrated time and time again. The visionary
strategic planning process implemented last Fall brought together individuals receiving service, families and friends, staff and community stakeholders to
identify through conversation the assets, hopes and dreams of BACI. At the end of these sessions, this innovative, inclusive process gave the Boards of both BACI and the Sharing Our Future Foundation (SOFF), a unique opportunity to create BACI’s five year PATH based on the information graphically recorded in these sessions.
The emerging five themes of Social and Economic Inclusion, Person/ Family-Centered Planning, Prosperity, Community Partnerships and Healthy, Appreciated and Well-Connected Workforce, will provide the framework from which policy, goals and operational plans will be developed and implemented over the next five years. I appreciated both the opportunity to deeply listen to the many voices of BACI and being part of a powerful process that would create a plan reflective of the dreams and hopes of all the individuals who participated. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate the Executive Directors, the Senior Management Team and all staff on the outstanding Accreditation Report received from CARF. This external report validates what we all know and believe BACI to be – an innovative, collaborative , highly effective leader organization which places people with disabilities and their families first. It is a privilege and honour to be at the helm again. Thank you for this opportunity.
Together we will soar…
Merrilyn Cook, President
Originally published in the BACI Annual Report 2011.