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This past May, I became an Albertan and the CEO
and president of Alberta Health Services. Since then I’ve
been travelling across the province listening, learning and
seeing what Alberta Health Services does. I’ve also been
talking to people about how we can improve—and how
we can celebrate what we do well. I’ve been lucky enough
to meet many Albertans and discover what health care
means to them.
Without a doubt, we’re all going to need health-care
providers and services at some point in our lives. And we
want to know that our health-care system will be there
when we need it. Caring for people is at the core of what
we do. At AHS, we are as passionate and dedicated to
helping people lead healthy lives as we are to helping care
for them when they’re ill or injured.
We have a growing focus on helping people be
healthy for life. This issue of Apple features information
and simple tips on how you can do that. In our story
Immunization: Our Community Armour (page 36), we
look at one of the greatest health advances in history
and its effectiveness. Vaccinations are one of the single
Helping people be
healthy for life
most important things you can do to protect your
family’s health. In Keeping Our Water Healthy (page 46),
we look at why and how water use needs to change in
As a new Albertan, I’m captivated by Alberta’s natural
beauty and really enjoy exploring it. As our Keep in Mind
column The Nature of Mental Health (page 28) notes:
nature is a prescription for health. Simply connecting
with nature is good for you, says Don Carruthers Den
Hoed of Alberta Parks. As further inspiration to get you
into nature, our Apple Guide to Walking (page 41) is a
primer on the benefits of regular walking, outdoors and in.
We’ve even thrown in 10 scenic places you can walk in the
I hope you enjoy the issue and I wish you good health.
— Vickie Kaminski
Vickie Kaminski is president and CEO
of Alberta Health Services.