Happy Holidays everyone! It is hard to believe it is that time of year again and another year is almost in the books. With the challenges faced over the past few years it seems that they have blended together into one long and never-ending year. Many of you are just plain tired as we have been pushed and pulled in all directions and endured a continuation or increase of stress on the EMS system. As this year comes to a close it does feel as though positive change is on the horizon in 2023. A year that will hopefully bring changes to our profession and give us the chance to rest, reset and refocus. A year where we can continue to grow and show the amazing work that our profession is known for.

The College saw a lot of changes in 2022 and faced many new challenges to overcome. We added two new public members and one regulated member to Council. We had a change to both the President and Vice President positions and we approved a new process for how future members will become a part of Council. Additionally, we have had to deal with ever-changing legislation and how these changes will affect our regulations, Bylaws and Continuing Competence program. Despite all these changes we continue to have a very engaged and dedicated Council, administration that is very supportive and extremely agile around all the legislative changes and we have a clearer direction of who we are as a College than we have had in years.

To my fellow regulated members, I want to say how proud I am of all of you. In the face of a tough few years, you continue to do what is needed. Every day, despite everything thrown at you, you go to work and treat those who are facing their toughest moments with sympathy and thorough care. You have come together more than once to show overwhelming support for friends and family and I am honestly in awe of the compassion and friendship that you have shown those who needed it. We are a family and we share a bond that binds us forever no matter where we work or where we go. Whether that be on a fire engine, an oil rig, a movie site, a clinic or on an ambulance, we all understand how tough this job is and how much it can shape us and our lives. You are a beyond amazing group of people and I am very proud to be a part of such a great profession.

Please take care of yourselves and each other as the year winds to a close and I wish you all the best in 2023.

Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year

Travis Lanoway, ACP