President’s Message / Message de la présidente
Welcome back to a new year of CRPA business! It is with renewed enthusiasm that I humbly take on my duties as the association’s new president. Having spent the past four years on the board of directors, including one term as director some years ago, I have witnessed a lot of progress in the way our association is run.
The recent strategic plan, along with clearer financial tracking of assets and expenses, has helped us better focus our efforts. My goals for this year will be to carry on the good work that has been started by continuing to promote our association and by providing our membership with the best value we can offer and remaining transparent in the way we operate.
We are continuing to work through our Strategic Plan goals until 2019, and we have a few new initiatives to share with you.
The board would like to develop a list of volunteers from which we can periodically select individuals to help with various projects. Please let us know what kinds of work you’d like to help with and how best to contact you.
For those of you who were not present at the AGM, a new “Dose and Imaging” group is being formed to help strengthen our connections within the medical community. The goal is to help connect our association with X-ray radiation safety officers from hospitals and private clinics, medical physicists who specialize in medical imaging, radiology technologists, radiologists, and biomedical engineers.
We have also been looking at potential collaborations with other organizations with common interests to spread our wings and help put our name out there. The promotion of our association is important for long-term sustainability. Making the best use of social media and the upcoming move to an eBulletin are also key players in this effort.
Despite these endeavours, we are always looking for additional ways to promote our association and expand our influence. So, if there are marketing-savvy members out there, we want to hear from you! All ideas welcome.
I encourage you to contact us about participating in a CRPA working group or committee, or simply put your name on our list of volunteers if you don’t have time to be part of a committee. Putting your name on the list does not mean you will be signing up for constant work—the need for help usually comes sporadically in intense short bursts. The bigger this list gets, the less work each person will be tasked with to complete the much-needed work.
So, don’t be shy and tell us what’s on your mind. We’d love to hear from you. Together, we can make this an amazingly productive year!
I leave you with a challenge—even if you can’t participate or volunteer your time in any other way, I challenge you to CRPAShare one event this year. CRPAShare is an online system where you can report events or incidents that you think other CRPA members would benefit from hearing about. It will take about three minutes of your time and will benefit everyone, as was demonstrated during the Saskatoon conference.
To file a report, go to