Hi everyone, I hope the beginning of 2024 has treated you well. It looks like spring is right around the corner and with that comes some exciting things.

The Annual Members’ Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22 at 1 pm. Viewers will get to hear from Council President, Travis Lanoway; Registrar, Tim Ford; and myself. We will also have our live Q&A session available through Pigeonhole again this year so all participants can submit their questions in real time. I encourage everyone to pre-register for it to ensure you have no issues when it goes live. We will be sending out the information for registration once it opens on May 1.

Council recruitment is also right around the corner. This year, we have one, three-year term available and the call for applications will be emailed to all members on April 2. As a reminder, we changed to Council recruitments last year and had much more interest in vacancies than we have had in recent history.

Interested candidates will need to complete the application form and submit their resume (this information will be emailed on April 2). All applications will be pre-screened and all shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. Once again, we will be utilizing a third-party, independent HR firm to help with the process as well as provide objectivity for pre-screening applicants. The HR consultant will work alongside the Selection Committee which is comprised of three Council members and myself. This committee aims to have a diverse and inclusive Council mix by evaluating applications, interviewing candidates and recommending appointments to Council. The final appointment of regulated members on Council is determined by a majority vote by Council after receiving the Selection Committee’s recommendation(s).

Joining Council is a great opportunity to give back to the profession and have a voice on what comes next in the future while fulfilling Council’s mandate of working in the public’s best interest. It is important that potential Council members understand governance and how the Council contributes within the bigger governance and legislative structure. There is a great deal of on the job learning that takes place, but the basic knowledge of how the different pieces of legislation work together and what role the College/Council plays is an important piece to understand.

The Council table is filled with dedicated regulated members and public members that are all very passionate about this profession. If this sounds like you, I encourage you to apply for Council when recruitment opens on April 2.

I also hope you all tune into the AMM on May 22. Until then, enjoy the warmer weather!

Wendy Dugas, CEO