Fonds PR0325 - Alberta Pastoral Care Association fonds

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Alberta Pastoral Care Association fonds

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    • 1969-1998 (Creation)

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    0.72 m of textual records. – 2 audio cassettes

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    Early in 1968, the Catholic Hospital Conference of Alberta expressed the need for an ecumenical chaplains' organization in Alberta. In November of 1968, a meeting of hospital chaplains and clergy was convened. A set of by-laws and a constitution was drafted, and presented at the inaugural Hospital Pastoral Care Association of Alberta convention in February 1969. In 1978, the Association decided to expand its scope to include the concerns of clergy working in other institutional settings; in order to reflect its broadened scope, the organization's name was changed to the Alberta Pastoral Care Association (A.P.C.A.).

    The vision of the Alberta Pastoral Care Association is to “provide a caring response to another person that is sensitive to and respectful of that individual's own religious belief and practice and is alive to meet expressed spiritual needs.” Pastoral care is accomplished through physicians, nurses, therapists, administrators, pastors, chaplains, and other members of the health care team who accept people as individuals and respond with empathy and unconditional love.

    The Alberta Pastoral Care Association is organized into a variety of local chapters and a provincial chapter. Local chapters are located in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Camrose, Calgary, Edmonton, and Central Alberta. Local chapters discuss local pastoral care issues, plan training events and workshops as well as liaise with the healthcare community, the Christian community, professional medical associations, and the community at large. The Association produces a newsletter entitled, “The Alberta CARE Package” and celebrates Pastoral Care Awareness Week each fall.

    The Alberta Pastoral Care Association cooperates with the Alberta Region of the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education (A.R.C.A.P.P.E.) to co-ordinate annual joint conventions. The Alberta Pastoral Care Association is eligible for project funding from A.R.C.A.P.P.E.

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    Fonds consists of records from the Provincial Chapter including operational records, financial records, executive records and the Association’s articles of incorporation. Fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, annual reports, committee and chapter reports, audio cassettes, newsletters, hand books, pamphlets, and mailing lists.

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    Various members, on behalf of the Alberta Pastoral Care Association, have deposited the records at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


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