Vickie’s unique response to the isolation and loneliness that underpin some our most intractable health and social problems – a network model of care, has been adopted internationally. She is a social entrepreneur who has established many organizations dedicated to strengthening community and addressing social isolation including Tyze Personal Networks. This pioneering Canadian technology venture has been called the next frontier of caregiving for its work in creating online networks of care for people facing life challenges.
Vickie is also the founding director of the Family Support Institute of British Columbia and she co founded Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN). She created PLAN's Personal Network program, a practical and strategic approach to address the isolation and loneliness experienced by people with disabilities. As the founding CEO of PLAN Institute for Caring Citizenship she mentored the spread of grass roots PLAN groups in 30 locations globally.
Vickie writes, consults and lectures on social networks, organizational transformation and scaling social innovation. She is an advisor to the Employer Panel for Caregivers. She is co author of ‘Safe and Secure - Six Steps to Creating a Personal Future Plan for People with Disabilities’ and Accelerating a Network Model of Care – Taking a Social Innovation to Scale.
Vickie is a member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal of Canada, the British Columbia Community Achievement Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field. The Women’s Executive Network named Vickie as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.
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Health Care - Services
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Member, Order of Canada
Additional Honors & Awards
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal
BC Community Achievement Award
Meritorious Service Medal of Canada
Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women
Canadian Psychological Association Humanitarian Award
Simon Fraser University Distinguished Community Leadership Award
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Vancouver couple to be inducted jointly into Order of Canada
A couple from Vancouver is about to make history, by receiving a rare joint Order of Canada induction this Friday.
Federal government launches plan to help caregivers
Benefits Canada online
The federal government has launched the Canadian Employers for Caregivers Plan (CECP), which aims to help maximize the labour force participation of caregivers and maintain workplace productivity.
Twelve from B.C. named to Order of Canada
VANCOUVER SUN online
A total of 12 British Columbians were named to the Order of Canada on Monday, including mining pioneer Norman Keevil, jazz vocalist Eleanor Collins and Haida fashion icon Dorothy Grant.
A conversation on technology and care with the founding CEO of Tyze Personal Networks
Vickie is an internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur who thinks we need a whole new approach to care.
She is a Rockefeller Next Century Innovator, winner of the Meritorious Service Medal of Canada and a recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field.
Government-funded systems of health and social care are facing enormous fiscal and human-resource challenges. The space for innovation in care is wide open and new disruptive patterns are emerging. These include self-management and personal budgets, participatory and integrated care, supported decision making and a renewed focus on prevention. Taking these disruptive patterns to scale can be accelerated by a technologically enabled shift to a network model of care to co-create the best outcomes for individuals, family caregivers, and health and social care organizations.