November marks one year since we launched our listening session series. In that time, we have hit seven spots around the province to hear from registrants on various topics the Board and committees are grappling with, from bylaws to corporate dentistry to quality assurance. Some sessions were more successful than others, and some almost didn’t happen (a recent snowstorm outside Prince George resulted in cancelled flights and our carefully planned schedule went out the door).
Over the past year, I have found myself across the table from old friends from dental school, and from young practitioners burdened by debt and trying to make a go of it in a world far more complex than forty years ago. Some people took me aside to say how pleased they were that the College was doing the listening we promised to do. Others were highly critical of the College and not about to change their views. I remain proud of these sessions and I am so impressed by every dentist and CDA who has taken time out of their day to sit and chat with us. One common thread that I have come to appreciate in speaking with attendees at these listening sessions is our registrants’ commitment to professionalism, public trust and public protection.
As your President, I can tell you that it takes the first year to get up to speed and understand the people and process. Since the Board is essentially new, the same holds true for them. In this second year together, I expect that you will see some interesting and exciting changes as we further fulfill our role of public protection. I look forward to sharing this information with you in the New Year.
I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very wonderful holiday season. Embrace those you love and let them know how dear they are to you. Celebrate safely and return in the New Year refreshed, invigorated and ready to take on 2018. Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year.
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