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President's Message

President's Report August 2021

It is my belief that we should always try to leave our small piece of the world a better place than how we found it. It is for this reason that I have been volunteering in one capacity or another for the last 24 plus years in practice. It still amazes me how much can be accomplished when like-minded, dedicated and devoted colleagues work for the common good.  When I joined the CAO line, I had a vision of my presidential year; the year that would represent to me the pinnacle of professional volunteerism.   To say the least, this year was not quite what I had envisioned.

All in-person meetings of the Board and committee work became an endless stream of Zoom calls.  The Annual Scientific Session was cancelled, and the upcoming Annual General Meeting will be virtual, again, lacking the camaraderie when friends and colleagues in orthodontics and friends in industry get together. The fundraising and charity initiatives have taken on a different face.  The Public Relations campaign has moved entirely digital, as planned, but now contains COVID and post-COVID messaging.  

Instead of looking at these changes as negatives, the CAO has thrived and moved forward.  The CAO changed its Management Company and made many forward-facing changes, paving the way for the CAO become to be more lean, nimble and efficient.  Amidst decreased revenue, the budget remains balanced for 2022.  The cancelled Scientific Session was replaced by a series of educational webinars.  The webinars have been well-received, well-attended, and most importantly supported en masse by industry partners. Additionally, design and management changes were made to committee structures, communication strategies and web /database organization that will result in fiscal savings in the future.   Membership dues will remain affordable, without reduction in service or national profile.  

I was nervous at the start of my term. Looking back, I am amazed that all of these accomplishments were the result of a dedicated and proactive Board and an energetic, innovative management team at TouchPoint AMC who worked almost entirely virtually.  I will miss not being with everyone in Quebec City and not meeting in-person with members from across the country but hope that you feel, as does the Board, that the CAO has been there to support you and the profession throughout these past two difficult years.

Volunteerism is not for everyone. While some enjoy the opportunity to contribute on a Board or Committee, not all of us have that time.  But please know that simply joining the CAO and encouraging your colleagues to do so as well is a tremendous show of support and solidarity for our profession.  Both contributions are necessary for the longevity of the association. 

I am very proud to have served our beloved profession as the President of our CAO. It has been a true honour and a year that I shall not soon forget.

I wish you all well.

Cheers,
JES

 

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