The Eden Alternative Reaches China and Colombia

September 15, 2012
Laura Beck, The Eden Alternative

As of this month, our global reach at The Eden Alternative has officially extended to 6 out of 7 continents!  On September 4th, Dr. Bill Thomas added South America to the list when he landed in Bogotá, Colombia as keynote speaker of the annual conference for Fundación Saldarriaga Concha.

The week before, Carol Ende, EA’s Leader of Transformation and Growth, facilitated the very first Certified Eden Associate Training in China, turning out 10 new Certified Eden Associates and five new Eden Educators.  After many years with The Eden Alternative, this was Carol’s first time working with an interpreter, making it a new and interesting educational experience for all involved.  The training was hosted by Shanghai Starcastle Senior Living Services Ltd. (Starcastle pronounced in Mandarin Chinese, “Xing Bao”), a newly created joint venture company formed to develop and operate senior living communities in China.  We are looking forward to seeing the exciting developments ahead for Starcastle, as they embark on their culture change journey.  To learn more about their vision, click here.

Also in the spirit of international goings-on, we are pleased to welcome the following new members to the Eden Alternative International Research Committee:

• Dr. Sonya Brownie PhD, N.D., is a lecturer in Aging, Aged Care and Aged Services at the ASLaRC Aged Services Unit at the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University.

• Dr. Christine Smith is Director of Care Home Liaison in the Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies at Cardiff University, Wales.  The Eden Alternative International Research Committee coordinates and disseminates research related to the impact of the Eden Alternative on the lives of individuals in a variety of settings.

To learn more about the committee, click here.

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