Fall is always a busy season and this year has been no different. Perhaps it’s because we were getting our kids back to school and ourselves back into a routine for another year, or we were busy getting ready for our pharmacy’s flu campaigns. For me, the last few months have been a whirlwind of starting a new day job, taking an amazing family vacation and getting ready for the holidays. For PTSA, Fall is always the start to another great year and with it comes transition. At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September we said goodbye to several board members and welcomed new pharmacy technicians to take our Society’s leadership helm along with those of us finishing terms on the board.
Picture taken during elections at the AGM
Amanda Mann, Ryan Mapa and Laura Miskimins all finished terms with the PTSA board in September. They’ve each made significant contributions to the board and making our Society as successful as it is. I’m pleased that Amanda will continue on with PTSA as a member of this year’s conference planning committee and Laura will continue as our Communications Editor. We also welcomed new board members Carla Dumka and Ghia Colceriu. At the board’s first meeting following the AGM, we appointed our new board members to specific roles. Here is the composition of the 2017-18 board:
- President – Teresa Hennessey
- Vice President – Rhonda Bodnarchuk
- Secretary – Crystal Schultz
- Treasurer – Kim Fehr
- Education Director – Diane Reeder
- Membership Director – Engi Saleh
- Advocacy Director – Carla Dumka
- Website Administrator – Ghia Colceriu
You can read short bios of your board members by clicking here.
I am very pleased to continue for one final year as your President. And it’s not just any year – this year marks PTSA’s 10th anniversary. Over the past 10 years our profession and organization have grown and evolved tremendously and we have so much more yet to achieve. Throughout the upcoming year we hope to make strides in successfully integrating pharmacy technicians into practice, engaging with pharmacy technicians, influencing pharmacy issues and providing quality continuing education.
In January, members will receive more information about how to access the new online education modules as well as update their membership profile. PTSA has been working to improve and align both of these databases and ensure our membership processes align with our bylaws. It is for these reasons that there has been a delay in getting all members access to the new online education platform. The Education Courses site is accessible from the Education tab on our website and through your member profile when you’re logged in; however, the site itself is a separate platform and requires you to login again with your same username/email and password. If you’re unable to access the online education courses, please contact our administrative assistant for help.
In the New Year, members should also watch their emails for an invite to our second online town hall meeting. This is another opportunity for you to share your ideas and have discussion about issues concerning pharmacy technicians. What topics do you want the discussion to focus on? Share your ideas now in the comments below.
Featured image: 2016-17 PTSA Board from left to right – Back row: Laura Miskimins, Amanda Mann, Diane Reeder, Ryan Mapa, Engi Saleh. Front row: Teresa Hennessey, Rhonda Bodnarchuk, Crystal Schulz, Kim Fehr