Elections for the 2018-19 PTSA Board took place in the fall at the Annual General Meeting. For the first time ever there was a maximum slate of thirteen nominees to represent members from across the province. Since the election, Samantha Bruun, Lauren Godfrey, and Laurie Lyle have stepped down from the board due to personal conflicts or to pursue other volunteer opportunities with the Society. While we are sad they will not be continuing with us on this year’s board, we are excited to have a strong board comprised of pharmacy technicians who bring varied practice experiences and perspectives to the leadership table.
Your 2018-19 Board Directors include:
- Kim Fehr – President (Edmonton)
- Teresa Hennessey – Past President (Edmonton)
- Morgan Lahl – Vice President (Calgary)
- Roxine Yong – Secretary (Edmonton)
- Brianne Feduniw – Treasurer (Innisfail)
- Carla Dumka – Education Director (Edmonton)
- Ivan Yu – Membership Director (Calgary)
- Christina Levien – Advocacy Director North (Edmonton)
- Tana Yoon – Advocacy Director South (Calgary)
- Engi Saleh – General Board Director (Edmonton)
Click here to read short bios about your board directors.
This past year Diane Reeder, Crystal Schultz and Rhonda Bodnarchuk completed terms on the board. As former Education Director Diane coordinated our CCCEP applications and played a significant role in the success of the 2018 conference. She also spear-headed planning for the first ever welcome ceremony. Crystal was the one that kept the rest of us on the board on task. She fulfilled her role on the executive contributing key ideas and had a hand in developing some of our promotional campaigns. Rhonda has brought her expertise to the board for the last 6 years. This is the maximum number of consecutive years a member can hold a board director position. As former Vice President, Rhonda provided leadership for our Society, played a role in the coordination of communications and contributed to countless initiatives. We’re pleased that Rhonda will continue this year as Communications Editor and Diane will be leading planning for the welcome ceremony once again.
Tamiza Dhanani continues to lead planning efforts for Techs in Touch Education Events in Edmonton. She is joined by Sam Bruun (Peace River) and Laurie Lyle (Grande Prairie) in the North, and Amy Hing in Medicine Hat. Nicholas Burns has returned to PTSA as part of the communications committee fulfilling the role of Website Administrator. Jennifer Bean has also returned to help plan our 2019 conference taking on the conference managers role alongside Laura Miskimins. In addition to these long-standing committees, this year a new Compounding Task Force was formed. We’re pleased that Catharine Gimbel and Loren Voice are acting as co-chairs for the new committee.
There are still many volunteer opportunities available if you’re interested in helping PTSA be successful in advocating for the profession, educating on the pharmacy technician’s scope of practice and inspiring professional development. Contact us to discuss what opportunity is best for you or leave a comment below.