Leadership Message January 2020

  •   January 10, 2020

Happy 2020 to all Physiotherapy Alberta members! I hope you enjoyed a warm and happy holiday season surrounded by family and friends. As I pack away our decorations and reflect upon 2019, I am thankful for the hard work of the Physiotherapy Alberta staff who worked hard to educate physiotherapists about Bill 21 – An Act to Protect Patients from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct, which came into effect in April. This work included the development of a new Standard of Practice, implementation of a patient relations program, and amendments to our registration and conduct processes.

I am also grateful for the inspirational and educational sessions I attended at October’s Connect + Learn Conference in Canmore. Waneek Horn-Miller’s shared experiences of overcoming a serious chest injury in the Oka Crisis and going on to represent Canada at various international water polo competitions still resonate. Peter Katz’s funny and heartfelt advice about staying interested in your career still wafts through my brain along with snippets of the songs he shared.

I am also humbled and honored to have been a part of Physiotherapy Alberta College + Association’s Council over the past few years. As a group we reflect, debate, and provide feedback on the proposed plans of the organization. Looking ahead to 2020, Council will be involved in the development of a new strategic plan. With changes in Alberta’s political environment, this should prove to be an interesting year and I look forward to providing input on issues as they arise.

Being a part of Council has been a great experience and one I recommend to any physiotherapist who is interested in Physiotherapy Alberta’s mandate to serve and protect Albertans as well as to guide the profession. Council members are well supported to attend four meetings per year in Edmonton at which we work collaboratively with the Registrar to provide strategic oversight of Physiotherapy Alberta’s activities. This year we are looking for two new members to join us.

T’is the season for self-reflection, self-renewal, and making resolutions. Will running for council be in your plans for 2020? I hope you will consider putting your name forward!

Karin Eldred, PT
President, Physiotherapy Alberta – College + Association