President’s Report

Hello POABC Members and Colleagues,

The Spring of 2022 remains hopefully as we continue to navigate the ever-changing world around us. I hope during this time you are able to find fun, joy and rest in the bright summer months ahead. Please read along to find out about some of the main highlights since the new year and what the Association has planned for the future.

Government Relations

POABC continues to work with our hired lobbyists, Blue Stone Government Relations. We have been successful in securing an in-person presentation with the Select Standing Committee for Finance and Governance; a government group who helps prepare for the next Budget year of 2023.

Once again, POABC would like to thank our national professional group Orthotics Prosthetics Canada  (OPC) for supporting the Association. Earlier in the year POABC received a monetary grant of nearly $15,000 as part of their budget review to support advocacy and government relation projects. Thank you OPC.

Townhall

On Saturday, May 28th, 2022 a Townhall meeting went ahead as an in-person event  at the BCIT campus. A virtual option was also available for attending. It was a success and it was really great to have all participants present to hear our reports and engage in some round table discussions.

Future Events and Plans

Stay tuned for a save-the-date for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the fall. We hope that this can be another in-person event for people to gather at, but we do see value in maintaining the virtual option as well.

POABC will also have a booth at the exhibit hall during the OPC National Conference in August. Please stop by to say hi – we look forward to seeing everyone, near and far, in Whistler, BC!

Lastly, a reminder that POABC membership dues start a new cycle beginning July 1st, 2022. Set a reminder to pay your membership fees after the long weekend! We would be happy to have you as a supporter of the association!

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Amber Major, MSc., CO(c)

POABC President