August, 2013

President's Report

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and getting some rest prior to the start of the busy Fall season or returning to the clinic. As you have read via the eblasts from the National Office, we have a new Board Member from Saskatchewan. While we miss the wisdom of Lisa Swallow our former Director, we welcome Dale Pituria and notice his positive impact already. With a new executive team, we have shuffled some of the Directors’ mandate. Please visit the CATA webpage and look under Board of Directors to find out who is working in each area.

The CATA has been working over the summer on the initiatives presented in Toronto at our annual conference. At the forefront is the update to our strategic plan. One major initiative is to promote the profession of Athletic Therapy. It seems that once people know about us, they are happy with our services. By promoting AT and our members we hope to improve other aspects that we have been struggling with recently. Namely, by improving awareness we expect to gain ground in public support, insurance billing, and legislation. Lofty statements for sure, but with updates to our webpage, a greater emphasis on PR and marketing, and improving our key messaging we expect to get the word out. You will see improvements in our foundation though some task force initiatives. We have struck a Continuing Education (CEU) Task Force to look at what skills we should to develop, and what should be worthy of the credits. As well, an Educational Strategic Planning Task Force to determine how, and what we include in our educational methods and practices. These are superficial descriptions as best, and they are all influenced by the completion of our Role Delineation Study (RDS). The RDS is also the document that is used to refine our Certification exam blueprint. On this note we will be progressing with psychometric services to aid improvements to our certification exam. Watch for announcements on all these fronts through this newsletter, on the webpage and through the eblasts.

We have many volunteers that aid the CATA, and only two employees. We all know what a difference Helena De Fazio makes to our Association, and over the course of the last year we have seen the influence that Sandy Jesperson has on our work. They are making an impact and their continued work will improve the Association. But let’s not forget the volunteers! The CATA would not be what it is without them. We are going to smooth the process of attracting new volunteers, by letting them know what the expectations are, and give them the tools to complete their tasks leading to an improved Association; all this set of course from our strategic plan.

Yes, these are exciting times for the CATA. What great announcements to make at the start of another academic year; sport season; or following the rest of a well deserved vacation... I wish you all the best in the coming months.

Richard DeMont, PhD, CAT(C), ATC
President, Canadian Athletic Therapists Association

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