President’s Message: Highlights from AMM, New Executive Director named
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2018 Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM) last month. With almost 200 people in attendance and those online, it was great to have so many paramedics get together to hear about our College and the direction of our profession.
At the AMM I was pleased to announce that we have hired the Executive Director for the College. Ms. Wendy Dugas will begin as part of our College team on July 3.
Wendy comes to us from the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, where she has served as President and CEO since 2010. Her experience in fund development, stakeholder relations, strategic planning and governance is vast, having worked with prestigious groups including the University of Alberta, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Alberta. Recently her focus has been on building organizational capacity and excellence to poise the Glenrose Foundation for continued success in years to come.
Wendy was born and raised in the Netherlands, where she completed a degree in Human Resources before starting her career with a recruitment agency in Amsterdam. She moved to Edmonton in 1999, after having met her Canadian husband. She lives in Edmonton with her husband and two children.
We were also very pleased to provide an update on the College’s continued focus on clear, consistent communication with members and stakeholders; as well as the presentation of information on the College’s revised, breakeven budget for 2018.
On the College activities side, I was able to share that the College has implemented a temporary solution to address the need for member cards. On your profile in the members’ portal, you can now print a wallet card with the pertinent details of your registration.
Our interim Registrar shared an update on the projects that continue to drive our regulatory mandate; including the recent changes to the registration process and the upcoming changes to the continuing competence program. He was also able to share exciting news about a memorandum of understanding that the College is working on with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association that will permit specially trained members of the TEMS unit in Calgary to treat police service dogs.
We heard from the Paramedic Association of Canada on the work they are doing nationally on behalf of the profession before concluding the day’s program with a presentation from the College’s exam team.
It was a day that was only possible because of the community we are building between Council and staff, Council and members, and members and staff. Thank you to everyone for your hard work and participation in what many have called the best members’ meeting yet.
Pete Helfrich, President
Alberta College of Paramedics
Distributed via the Pulse: June 15, 2018