President’s Message

President’s Message 2018-01-15T14:32:23+00:00


Happy New Year to all of you and on behalf of Council I wish you all the very best for 2018.

Council remains committed to making the College a great regulator; the administrative office a great place to work; and to finding great ways for your College to support you.

Our year begins with Council continuing the work on determining the roles of Executive Director and Registrar. On that note; Becky Donelon has chosen a different path and has resigned from the College as of January 19, 2018.

Becky has offered her vast knowledge of the paramedic profession coupled with her exceptional experience and expertise in education and operations to the College team since 2011. Prior to her appointment to the position of acting Executive Director/Registrar in July 2017, she served the regulated members of the College faithfully and dutifully in the position of Deputy Registrar.

Becky has accepted a new position that affords her an opportunity for her own continued growth and development. We offer her our overwhelming thanks for her significant service to the College, as well as her continued commitment and dedication to the profession.

Preparations began immediately to transition the duties of the Executive Director and Registrar roles to internal staff who have accepted interim positions to afford Council the time to complete the review of College operations, and begin and complete an appropriate external recruitment using a third-party recruitment organization.

Council and I have been working with Tanisha Tetz, interim Executive Director and Heather Verbaas, interim Registrar to ensure plans are well in place for the steady continuation of business.

Tanisha Tetz brings more than 10 years of experience working in a regulatory college setting, having worked with the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors during their 2006 transition to the Health Professions Act; as well as having served in an ex-officio role on the Council of the college for six years. Tanisha’s background includes education in business management, public relations, sociology and organizational behavior. Tanisha offers significant experience and expertise in regulatory strategic development.

Heather Verbaas is a registered advanced care paramedic and has been an Associate Register (Registration/Competence/Practice) with the College. Heather has worked for the College since 2013, developing and managing practice standards, and more recently the registration process and continuing competence programming. Heather was a part of the team who worked with the Health Professions Unit through the development of the Paramedics Profession Regulation. Heather brings her experience from urban, rural and clinical practice to the table. Heather developed EMT education programming for the University of Alberta and went on to Chair the EMS programs with Lakeland College. Heather is currently completing her Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies.

As we enter the year of the dog, I cannot help but recognize the ties between the work ahead of us and the characteristics of those who will be born this year. It is believed that those born in 2018 will be communicative, serious and responsible in work. Council and I strive for these characteristics to be ever present and particularly born in the structures and activities we implement this year.

The postings for the two positions will be available on the College website in the coming weeks and in the Pulse next month. As always, if you have any questions, I encourage you to reach out to me at

In Service,

Pete Helfrich, President
Alberta College of Paramedics

Distributed via the Pulse: January 15, 2018