Thursday, May 18, 2017

Award Nominations 2017 for Ruth Adria-The Alice Modin Award -I therefore feel that the Alice Modin Award is a just response of an unjust society and system for the work of our most brilliant example of integrity, kindness and love-Ruth Adria. The issues she has raised and continues to raise are the moral and ethical dilemmas of our society. How do we treat the most disadvantaged citizens among us? What level of care is appropriate for the handicapped citizen who cannot be serviced like the able bodied citizen? What level of funding is required to ensure that these vulnerable citizens get integrated care plans that address most of their needs? How do we respect and honour the rights of those who cannot voice their needs and cannot tell us of their abuse? What sort of oversight is required to protect the defenceless citizens who are being neglected to death? How will we be in the world as ordinary citizens when we encounter situations of abuse and non-compliances in the system? Will we stay safely silent? Or will we speak and continue speaking until there is remedy for the ones without a voice? Will we endure decades of retribution and marginalization for the only reason that it is the right thing to do?

The award nomination letter was written and I add the links to the work that Ruth Adria has done here. I had to stop adding to the list of work as the deadline was imminent. I will keep adding to the list of work Ruth has done as I have time and so for every new award application this list will be updated.
 But first here is the letter of support I wrote.
May 18, 2017
To:
Minister’s Seniors Service Awards
Alberta Seniors and Housing
6th Floor Standard Life Centre
10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4R7
Dear Nomination Review Committee,
I am pleased to provide a letter of support for Ruth Adria of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society for the Alice Modin Award.
I have known Ruth Adria since 2015 when our family requested Ruth’s advocacy assistance when my handicapped sister was evicted from her long term care placement and ended up for a year at the Grey Nuns Hospital. Ruth Adria provided the information, public exposure and support that is not present in the system. Without her help my family would not have been able to pass through a dark time to arrive at the present where we are still struggling but still have the help of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society.
As a result of our family’s experiences with the continuing care system, I have become a member of the Elder Advocates Working Group. The mandate of this group is that of education, public awareness and advocacy for vulnerable, defenceless seniors and other at risk citizens such as those with mental health challenges. Our group presents to the public the case studies of families impacted by problems in the system. Our first presentation was one done in 2015 on retribution.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
--Resolution not Retribution Campaign Launch by Elder Advocates Working Group (EAWG) ------------------ANNOUNCEMENT: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 @ 11:30 AM Old Timers Cabin, 9430 Scona Road There is ample free parking and a bus stop at the site. Resolution not Retribution
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The ongoing work of Ruth Adria has filled a gap in information delivery and supports that has not been satisfied by the Health Advocates. When our family went to the Health Advocates I was told that they could not provide us with assistance; their mandate is navigation through the system. Apparently the advocates are present to provide families with information on how to move problems forwards without resolution and cannot act in cases of retribution because they have no legislated powers to change the system.
Ruth Adria has made it abundantly clear to the government of Alberta that the flawed legislation created by the government is responsible for the problems that are present. For example the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta created the Trespass to Premises legislation that is used to ban advocates and families. The legislation does not have an independent appeal process so that families have recourse to justice. In fact, we were told by the PC MLA for Riverview at the time of my sister’s troubles that the PCs had considered an appeal process but decided against it. My question is why would you not have an appeal process? My answer is that the government doesn’t want families to have a just society -they just want the appearance of a just society.
Exposing this set up of punitive legislation such as the Trespass to Premises legislation and the ineffective roles of the Health Advocates, and now of the Mental Health Advocate and Seniors Advocate--is not a popular role in our society. Being a social change catalyst means that you can be dismissed as Ruth Adria was in a recent 2017 encounter with the Ministry of Justice. But dismissing a force for change is a regressive move by the government of Alberta. It takes courage, determination and a calling that is so strong that it has never wavered despite the constant demands on her time and life. We need to recognize Ruth Adria for her calling which is ministering to the weakest among us --those seniors and handicapped citizens who have no voice or power in our society to change the stagnant state of their situation. After decades of work, some of Ruth Adria’s efforts are now paying off and she has become a recognized human rights advocate in Canada. While she has previously received recognition in the following awards, her life time of dedicated service requires province wide recognition.
Long Service Award April 2004 Alberta Association of Registered Nurses
Recognition May 3, 2004 Louis and Ruth Maria Adria Legislative Assembly of Alberta
The Alberta Centennial Medal September 1, 2005
John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights December 12, 2016
Exceptional service deserves the recognition it often does not receive. The champion for the little guy and gal in Alberta often works by herself visiting the most neglected citizens in the continuing care system. She has been banned and escorted out of these facilities for her advocacy work. She has --no doubt--suffered humiliation, stress and financial hardship in order to speak on behalf of these citizens who cannot speak for themselves. And what has she gained for her sacrifices? She is an eternal optimist. What she has gained is the love, respect and admiration of citizens like myself and others who would not have been able to continue serving our families without her support and mentorship.
I therefore feel that the Alice Modin Award is a just response of an unjust society and system for the work of our most brilliant example of integrity, kindness and love-Ruth Adria. The issues she has raised and continues to raise are the moral and ethical dilemmas of our society. How do we treat the most disadvantaged citizens among us? What level of care is appropriate for the handicapped citizen who cannot be serviced like the able bodied citizen? What level of funding is required to ensure that these vulnerable citizens get integrated care plans that address most of their needs? How do we respect and honour the rights of those who cannot voice their needs and cannot tell us of their abuse? What sort of oversight is required to protect the defenceless citizens who are being neglected to death? How will we be in the world as ordinary citizens when we encounter situations of abuse and non-compliances in the system? Will we stay safely silent? Or will we speak and continue speaking until there is remedy for the ones without a voice? Will we endure decades of retribution and marginalization for the only reason that it is the right thing to do?
Sincerely,
Julie Ali







The work Ruth Adria does is not glamorous. It does not garner praise or respect by government, public bodies and the continuing care system in Alberta. Throughout her advocacy work this tiny woman has been treated ignobly by the system that is afraid of her refusal to back down from speaking for the most vulnerable citizens in Alberta.
Why do folks in the system consider Ruth Adria to be a threat to their established way of existence? Because she is a threat. She is changing the world. Changemakers don't sit around like bureaucrats and politicians collecting our public dollars and retiring to pension plans provided by us. Nope. Folks like Ruth Adria don't cost us a dime but work even harder than the big bucks executive staff and political hires.
If we could clone Ruth Adria we'd have change stat in Alberta.
While our politicians cower in the hallways of power making the self serving legislation to prop up the unjust society that they pass off to citizens as the just society, Ruth Adria gets down to work and actually helps families.
She gets us educated. She teaches us how to advocate for our families. She strengthens our weak backbones. She makes us understand that we have to do the work of advocacy for our beloved family members because it is the right thing to do.
If I had ignored my handicapped sister's situation she would not have been able to manage. Now I have spoken. I have faced retribution. But I have also done the right thing. Doing the right thing sometimes results in hardship, financial costs and stress-but following Ruth Adria's example --I am learning the way out of silence into courageous activism.
Ruth Adria faces giants as this song indicates and what does she have? Only the small stones of her will power, her heart and her soul. With these small stones she brings down giants.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxpVkbikDVQ
Giants Fall - [Lyric Video] Francesca Battistelli
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