PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: CELEBRATING ONE YEAR OF HPA
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the proclamation of our profession to the Health Professions Act (HPA).
If you have been registered with the College, you know that it took many years to bring about this proclamation. The HPA has been an integral part of the healthcare landscape in Alberta for almost two decades, and we are very honoured to be part of this structure of regulated health professions in Alberta.
In my experience, and looking across Canada at our colleagues in other provinces, our self-regulation has established a different standard for our profession as an active contributor to healthcare delivery. For these reasons we continue to align our College processes and structures to meet the expectations of us. Part of this alignment is the recognition and adherence to our Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
We recognize the need to help members work through the Standards of Practice, which is why you will see a working group as part of this year’s Annual Member Meeting. We are excited to offer a hands-on approach through scenario-based application of the Quality Assurance standard.
Thank you to everyone who has already registered for the first Annual Members’ Meeting. We are planning a memorable day for you, and I encourage you to attend if at all possible. For those in attendance, Continuing Competence credits will be awarded. Of course we understand the challenges of attending in person; which is why this year’s meeting will be live streamed through the College Facebook page. It’s a time of change at the College, and this meeting is a significant change to how we’ve conducted our meetings in the past.
I encourage you to take a look at the agenda for the day and the elements of the meeting as described in this issue of The Pulse. Council, administration and I all look forward to a day of engagement. One where we can interact with one another with a commitment to open and honest dialogue. Our future depends on some fundamental changes, but we can only achieve them together as a united profession.
Our upcoming year is surely to be another exciting one for the College based on our continued commitment to a new vision. I am excited to welcome our newest Council members to the table. Elected to a three-year term were: Christina Fobes, Tim Moen, Dusty Schlitter; and elected to a one-year was: Annabelle Stratton. These members bring a new set of ideas and approaches to our activities, and present yet another opportunity to realize change.
As I close, I must also comment on the election process this year. We heard from quite a few members that the online voting was greatly appreciated, especially for so many of us whose shift don’t always allow for in-person participation. The great voter turnout, which I understand is basically the best the College has ever seen for a Council election, is evidence that this change was a good one.
As we continue working through some of the changes at the College, I encourage you to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments.
Pete Helfrich, President
Alberta College of Paramedics
Distributed via the Pulse: September 15, 2017