Leadership Message: July 2019

  •   July 5, 2019
  •  Karin Eldred

Summer greetings from the Council of Physiotherapy Alberta – College + Association!

Our 2019-2020 Council welcomes Amarjit Mann of Calgary. Amarjit brings years of experience in a diverse collection of physiotherapy settings. She has also volunteered to serve on our Executive Council as Member-At-Large. Simon Cooke is our Vice President this year and I am taking on the role of President. Our other Council members include physiotherapists Bryce Rudland, Shaun Macauley, and Christina van der Lugt as well as public members Sharon Sproule and Dennis Horrigan. We are grateful to the excellent candidates who put their names forward in our election this year and hope you will run again in the future!

At our June meeting we said goodbye to Simone Hunter who served two consecutive terms on Council including her final year as President. During her terms, Simone provided valuable insight and direction in the revamping of our Continuing Competence program and was integral to the processes of hiring and welcoming our Registrar, Jody Prohar. As the link between Council and the staff of Physiotherapy Alberta, Simone strove to build an open and genuine relationship between the two arms of our organization. On behalf of Council, I extend many thanks to Simone for her leadership.

In the last week of June, Jody Prohar and I attended CLEAR’s International Congress on Professional and Occupational Regulation in Vancouver. Many of the sessions addressed professionalism and considered the concept within the context of legislative changes, public perception, cultural competence, and strategic leadership.

One of my favorite presentations was conducted by Harry Cayton, an international advisor on professional regulation. He spoke about a “new professionalism,” one he characterized as complex, interdisciplinary, and interdependent. Mr. Cayton expressed that while registration and regulation formalize our profession, it is our personal relationships with clients, colleagues, and society that truly define us as professionals.

What do you think? How do your relationships with others interact with your knowledge and skills to define you as a physiotherapist? Perhaps you have participated in a mentorship program to share or apply skills you learned at a course? Maybe you’ve paid more attention to your power in the therapeutic relationship in consideration of Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients? Possibly you will consider participating in the “Professional Issues” content stream at Physiotherapy Alberta’s upcoming Connect and Learn conference this October? I would love to hear your thoughts, comments and/or questions on this topic.

Wishing you a warm and restful summer,

Karin Eldred
President, Physiotherapy Alberta College + Association