2018 Council Elections

2018 Council Elections 2018-05-15T14:50:54+00:00

Council Elections

Open Positions

There are two, three-year term positions open for the 2018 Council election.

Nominations

Thank you to all who submitted a nomination package.

Discovery Process

The Discovery Process will take place between Monday, April 16 and Friday, May 11, 2018.
Providing nominees have met the requirements in the nomination package, they will then complete the steps required to be a confirmed candidate as outlined in the College’s Governance Policy #101.

Candidate Confirmations
Candidates will be confirmed and then notified Monday, May 14, 2018.

  • Luke Flowers
  • Jonathan Jaekel
  • Travis Lanoway
  • Annabelle Stratton

“Luke Flowers is an Advanced Care Paramedic who has been practicing as an ACP for the past eight years and has been actively engaged in emergency services and prehospital care for the past eighteen in a multitude of arenas including ski patrol, wildland firefighting, industrial EMS, on first nation’s reserves and for the last eight years with Strathcona County Emergency Services as a firefighter paramedic.” Luke Flowers

Full Biography

“My career in Paradicine began over two decades ago. In that time I have had many opportunities to work with outstanding people in a variety of roles within the profession, I have worked in small rural communities and large urban centers. ground based Emergency Medical Services to Helicopter Operations.” Jonathan Jaekel

Full Biography

“My name is Travis Lanoway and I am currently an Advanced Care Paramedic in the Calgary Zone. I joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1991 as a Medical Assistant and after my first summer of medical training I realised that I loved the medical field so much that I signed up for my EMR, EMT and Paramedic courses as fast as I could get on them_ I was hired by Calgary EMS in 1998 and I have never looked back.” Travis Lanoway

Full Biography

“Annabelle Stratton joined ACP in 2014 as an EMR, since then she has continued with her training and is now a registered PCP.  Annabelle now works as an industrial PCP while also teaching the EMR program and first aid classes in her home base of Calgary.” Annabelle Stratton

Full Biography

Campaigning
The biography and photo of each confirmed candidate will be distributed to the membership in the College’s newsletter and posted on the College’s website by May 15, 2018.

Voting
Online elections will take place between August 1 and August 10, 2018. Voting this year will only be available online and will be fully managed by a third-party provider, Simply Voting. Simply Voting will email all voting information to all regulated members who are eligible to vote. They will also email reminders periodically throughout the vote to those who have not voted. The College will receive no information about voters.

Results

Results will be ratified by Council and Candidates will be informed of the results before they are shared with the membership at large, as per College policies. Results will be posted to the College website by Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Please view our Questions and Answers page for more details.

If you have questions about the elections or voting process that are not addressed here, please email executivedirector@collegeofparamedics.org or contact the Communications Director at the College office 587.200.0238.

Questions and Answers

Who is eligible to be nominated?

The specific requirements of regulated members are explained in Bylaw 2.10 and Governance Policy 101. Generally, practitioners who are on the general register, in good standing and have not had disciplinary action taken in the last three years are eligible.

How would I know if I should consider a Council position?

College President Pete Helfrich speaks to this in his President’s Message in the March issue of The Pulse.

Click here to read the message.

I’m considering standing for election, is there someone I can talk to first?

Absolutely. If you have any questions, please email president@collegeofparamedics.org. President Pete Helfrich would be happy to arrange to speak with you.

Why is the discovery process necessary?

The College’s discovery process is meant to give nominees an introduction to the governance structure, and the time and duties required of a Council member. At this stage, nominees are able to assess their own abilities to fully participate in service to the profession at the Council level.

What is permitted during the campaign period?

Candidate’s bios and photos are shared with the membership at large through newsletter(s) and the College website. Individual candidates must behave in accordance with Alberta College of Paramedics’ Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Candidates must not enter workplaces to campaign unless they have received written authorization from the employer to do so. Candidates are not permitted to use the College logo while campaigning. Complaints of candidates who are in contravention to these points or who have behaved inappropriately during the campaign will be investigated by the Complaints Director.

Can I withdraw my name if I decide I don’t want to continue as a confirmed candidate?

A candidate may withdraw from the campaign at any time by notifying the Council Executive Committee in writing of their intention to withdraw. If a nominee withdraws, there won’t be any public record of the nomination. If a confirmed candidate withdraws, the information will be removed from the website. If a confirmed candidate withdraws within three weeks of the vote, it may not be possible to remove the name from the ballot. In this case, if the candidate is elected, the win shall be forfeited and the position will be given to the next Candidate with the most votes.

Does Council have the authority to make it an electronic only vote?

Yes, under College Bylaws: “Voting shall be by any means determined by the Council that maintains the security and confidentiality of the voting process, including mailed-in or electronic ballots.” An electronic vote means that no eligible voter will be unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged based on location or date.

Who is eligible to vote?

To be eligible to vote, a voter’s name must appear on the Alberta College of Paramedic’s registration list and they must have a valid, current email listed on their member profile. In the event that new practitioners are added to the registration list once the vote opens, they will be contacted by Simply Voting with instructions.

How will I get my voting information?

All eligible voters will be emailed instructions on how and when to vote. This email will come from Simply Voting, a company used by many other regulated colleges in the province.

I share an email address, what will happen?

Sharing an email address is not recommended for many College functions, but for voting this means that whoever has access to the email account will have access to your voting information. We highly recommend you sign up for an email account, such as Gmail, to ensure your confidential member information is never accessible by anyone but you.

I don’t have an email address listed on my portal profile. How can I vote?

All voting information is being handled confidentially by Simply Voting. Regulated members who wish to vote in the election are required to be accessible by an active email address. This would be no different if the College was conducting a paper ballot, as you would be required to have your current mailing address listed on your profile.

I didn’t receive voting information. What do I do?

If you have not received information from Simply Voting by 2 p.m. on August 10, 2018, please email communications@collegeofparamedics.org. We will help sort it out for you.

 What if I don’t have access to a computer?

Simply Voting will allow you to vote from multiple devices including tablets and smartphones. In the event that you are unable to access either of those, your local public library should have a computer you can access to log in and vote. You are also welcome to use the computer in the reception area of the College office.

What happens if there is a complete technological meltdown?

In the event of a system wide technological malfunction the Council Executive Committee reserves the right, under the guidance of Council, to provide alternate timelines and business rules concerning the voting procedure.

Is proxy voting permitted?

The HPA disallows this practice, but since eligible voters will be able to vote from virtually anywhere, proxy voting should no longer be necessary.

What about the specifics of ballot counting, destruction, etc.?

As the ballots shall be delivered electronically, they shall also be counted, tallied and results delivered electronically. As a third-party provider has been selected to count the ballots, the returning officer shall be an individual from that organization. As the ballots shall be delivered electronically, the electronic process will eliminate the occurrence of spoiled ballots.  As the ballots shall be delivered electronically, there shall be no ballots to be kept or destroyed (as would be the case with paper ballots).

How are the successful candidates determined?

The candidate(s) receiving the most votes in an election is the successful candidate. Where multiple positions are open, candidates receiving the second most votes, then the third most votes, and so on are the successful candidates. Where positions with terms of different lengths are open, the full 3-year terms will be voted in by the candidates receiving the most votes, followed by the 2-year terms, then the 1-year terms.

When will the results be available?

With electronic voting, results are delivered to the Executive Director/Council almost immediately. Council will ratify the results and notify all candidates before the results are made public. Results will be posted on the College website by end of day, Wednesday, August 15, 2018.