|Message From:||Chris Weber
The 2018/19 board year is over, so please read this edition of Food Service & Nutrition and welcome the new and old 2019/20 board members. Congratulations to the successful nominees. The board always seeks to recruit new members and succession planning is vital to the strategic plan. Any time is a good time to get involved.
Over the last year, much has been accomplished. For those unable to attend the AGM in Calgary, here are just a few achievements to mention:
The new education bursary will help provincial chapters secure quality education, speakers and presenters. This benefits all members. The bursary requires presenters to conduct a free webinar for members.
Strides were made with Naylor Association Solutions, the publisher of this magazine. Advertising reach has increased–primarily in the digital realm – resulting in more exposure to valuable sponsors and industry partners that support the CSNM. Advertising revenue has increased, helping reduce the potential for membership fee increases.
Social media reach continues grow. Facebook posts have up to 1,500 reaches, Instagram has seen a slower but steady increase, and Twitter is running again. We are collecting website traffic analytics. Make CSNM.ca your home page and check for updates to the events feed. Like and follow all social media platforms: @theCSNM.
The membership recognition program launched at the awards gala in Calgary, honouring the long tenures of our members. If you were not present, watch the mail for your certificate of recognition and new milestone pins.
Our relationships with our United Kingdom colleagues strengthened over the past year. CSNM, NCAA and HCA continue to collaborate with information sharing and education. These organizations share many things in common with the similarities in health care in Canada and the U.K., so there is much to be learned.
These are just a few initiatives undertaken in addition to accreditation, exams, big improvements to the membership review process, communications, continuing education (17 webinars), financial oversight, provincial support and much more.
Looking ahead, under the leadership of President Dave Lebert and President-elect Amber Capotosto, the board will convene in Whitehorse this fall to create the new strategic plan that will guide the CSNM into 2022. Feedback from the spring surveys will be the pillar to the plan, ensuring the years ahead provide value, relevance and sustainability to benefit all members. The plan will be available in the Members Only portal for review.
Finally, I would like to speak on a personal note as this is my last President’s Message. The last year has been one of the most challenging and rewarding of my professional life. I have made great friends and connections, had many great experiences and have grown personally and professionally. I have this great society, and all of you, to thank for the opportunity. I have felt nothing but support and encouragement. I urge everyone to get involved, at any level, to reap the full benefits of being part of this wonderful community.
As always, thank you, best regards, and to the exciting year ahead!