Prairie girl living in the mountains. Board Chair YWCA Banff. Art, culture & heritage professional. Feminist. MA International Development
Susan Kennard works for Parks Canada and is leading the program renewal for National Historic Sites in the Banff Field Unit. Prior to working with Parks Susan was the Director and Executive Producer of the Banff New Media Institute at The Banff Centre. In the mid 90’s Kennard worked in television as an associate producer for the “International Hour”, “CBC Newsworld” Calgary, and “Dateline NBC” New York. In radio she was a writer/broadcaster for CBC Radio Calgary, fundraising coordinator for CKUT Montreal, station manager for CKIZ Community Radio Pincher Creek, and board member with the National Campus/Community Radio Association. Susan was a co-founder of radio90.fm, an early hybrid net/fm art/pirate/community radio station.
Susan completed a master’s degree in Communication for Development at the University of Malmö, Sweden, on the relationship between contemporary art practice, social change, and civil society in post-war Sarajevo. She holds a B.A from the University of Regina, a Graduate degree in Communication Studies from Concordia University Montreal.
She has been stuck living at this hospital with no medical reason to be there while she waits for a long-term care room to become available. This scenario is so common nowadays that a new category of care had to be defined to describe the status of patients such as my mother: Alternate Level of Care (ALC). I would like to make it clear that the hospital itself is a fine facility. Everyone does their best but no amount of smiles and professional check ins can smooth over the failure of health-care policies that have left her stranded here.
This is an open letter regarding the struggle my octogenarian parents are facing with the private and public health-care system in Alberta. While my parents' story is not unique, it is time sensitive as my father has been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.