President’s Report

POABC President’s Report January 2022

Dear Members,

Happy New Year! I hope you have been able to take a rest during the holiday season. From my general interpretations, I feel that this year’s theme will be centred around rest and consistency. POABC is here to support its members during the ebb and flow of this pandemic; consistently putting yourself as a priority will positively trickle down to your work with your patients and colleagues. POABC remains consistent in meeting regularly among its established committees, fulfilling strategic planning goals and tasks and trying to make our messaging consistent throughout all talks with advocates and funders.

Read further for an overview since the Fall 2021.

Covid-19 Update

POABC support the health and safety of its members during this difficult time. Obtaining access to vaccine clinics and priority has been a challenge since the P&O profession lies in the shadows of other regulated health professionals. Through Membership inquiry and feedback, vaccine booster dose information was secured and provided by a Health Authority which was distributed to POABC Members via email on January 6, 2022.

Government Relations Lobbying Efforts

As part of a renewed Strategic Plan, POABC continues to meet with third-party funders including WorkSafe BC, Pharmacare, First Nations Health Authority. Bluestone, our hired government relations lobbying group, is assisting in securing a meeting with Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR). If you have any questions, concerns or ideas with regards to any of these funders please post to the website forums; many of your colleagues will likely be experiencing similar things. Email is another option, please send emails specific to government relations topics to [email protected] or [email protected].

The POABC Board of Directors are happy to announce the renewal of the Bluestone contract for another 1-year, ending early 2023. Maintaining this hired help will assist in achieving specific tasks through the PPPR Committee and aligns with the direction of the Strategic Plan. This was made possible by grant funding received from Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (OPC) in the name of approximately $12, 400. This opportunity arose when OPC reviewed their budget and had surplus that they want to give back to the Regional Council. Requirements were that the funds be used towards public relations initiatives of government relations initiatives. Thank you OPC for the continue support!

Committees Updates

Please visit the Committee webpages once you login to your member profiles on the POABC website. These webpages are updated often when there is information to share with the Membership.

Facility Group Updates

The Facility Group is an advisory group to the PPPR committee that is comprised of business owners and managers. This group is a valued perspective when it comes to the decision making and planning of certain POABC initiatives. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – Version 2 has been written for this group with the intended purposes of unifying and clarifying the Facility Group as a whole. Membership to this group is always open and POABC invites P&O facilities to join to be a part of the conversation with your colleagues.

Lastly, POABC looks forward to another busy year but we will continue to need your help. If you feel so inclined, please consider contributing in anyway possible so your voice is heard! Contribution is not limited to volunteerism, but also include survey participation, meeting attendance when invited, forum postings, emails to Committee Chairs and the Board.


Respectfully submitted,

Amber Major, MSc, CO(c)

POABC President