Here we are with only a short period of time left before we officially say goodbye to 2021 and hello to another year. It is amazing how both fast and slow this year has been. At times whole months seemed to have skipped by and during other months the weeks felt like they dragged on. I know many of you can relate to this strange sense of time passing as we all continued to make sense of what is happening in the healthcare environment.

Viktor Frankl said, “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” I encourage you to take time to reflect on the good 2021 offered you. What were your favourite memories? What did you accomplish? Is there a great day you would live over again? Think about all that you have learned this year. Remember everything you are grateful for.

I’m sure in your reflection that you will find there were many positives that this year had to offer. Regardless of all the unknowns and the ups and downs, we should all be proud of ourselves and each other for the strength and endurance that got us through another year of this pandemic.

While practitioners continued to face an unprecedented range of challenges in delivering care during the pandemic, it was very encouraging to see some major shifts forward happening in the profession. Responding to legislation changes and government requests, the College introduced new Standards of Practices, and approved multiple training opportunities for members to remove conditions from their practice permits and work to a fuller scope of practice. The profession continues to work at a national level to create consistency in designation profiles across the country. And all of this has been done while juggling the everchanging environment.

Throughout this holiday season I hope that you find the moments of togetherness wherever you can. And together we can look toward what the New Year has to offer.

Happy Holidays,

Melissa Manion, ACP