The Manitoba Society has approached the years differently than others due, primarily to the COVID -19 pandemic.
The previous year, we sent out a survey to all Manitoba members asking them what are their priorities and preferences in belonging to an Association and how specifically the Manitoba Society could assist them. The results showed that there is an agreement that education to maintain certifications and designations is the primary issue in which they would appreciate assistance. Ethics ceu’s were identified also as a core competency where ceu’s are more difficult to obtain.
Last year, we have provided a virtual ethics session and plan, in the spring, to have another virtual session with more than one speaker. We hope to do the same in the fall. It is less costly for us to do this given that there are no meeting rooms, food, audio visuals, etc. that need to be paid for, so providing education with an increased number of speakers will be our primary effort in 2021.
Sue Allardyce sends periodic e-mails to all members updating them on local and national initiatives, etc. and also asking them if they have any preferences for educational topics that are particularly timely.
We are very pleased that we have a six-member board that is committed to assist VRAC members in our province with their needs. Sue Allardyce is the President, Jo-Ann Trudeau is the Secretary/Treasurer and Michelle Paterson, Warren Heppner, Anne Macgregor and Don Bruin are Directors.
The Disability and Work in Canada 2020 Conference “Strategy in Action-Pathways and Impacts” will be held virtually this year on November 25 & 26 and December 1 & 2 from 12:30 – 3:30 EDT. – September 8th, 2020 A full list of bulletins can be found on the Member Bulletins page at www.vracanada.com/member-communications/