BCSLS 2008 AGM held at the Justice Institute

The BCSLS held its Annual General Meeting on October 4, 2008, at the Justice Institute in New Westminster, in concert with the Real CSI event, attended by over 100 BCSLS members and non-members. Recapping her two years as BCSLS President, Lynn Simpson told the AGM that she sees increased stability in the BCSLS, and that this stability has enabled the organization to move forward in some key areas. Noteworthy among these is the fact that the BCSLS now has a long-range Strategic Plan for 2008 through 2012, adopted by the Board in early October.

The AGM also elected three new Board members who take office on January 1, 2009. Terry Krushel of Kelowna takes over as MLT Director, Jan Betts of Penticton becomes our new Treasurer and Fouad Abbassi of Vancouver returns for another term as Marketing and Communications Director. After the AGM, the Board appointed Eleanor Hooley of Vancouver to fill the vacant position of Vice-President for 2009.

The Board of Directors would like to thank retiring Directors Cheryl McCullough, Erica Meredith and Cynthia Bishop for their many years of service to the BCSLS. Their invaluable commitment of time, effort and energy has been much appreciated.

The Minutes of the 2008 AGM can be found on our website at bcsls.net

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BCSLS Annual Awards for 2008

The BCSLS Board presented its annual awards to deserving members at the Society’s AGM in New Westminster. The Gold Award, the BCSLS's highest honour, went to Val Fenn of Penticton for her excellent work as the Chair of the 2008 CSMLS/BCSLS Joint Congress, held last June in Kelowna. This is the second time that Val has been recognized with the Gold award, and deservingly so.

The BCSLS Silver Award was given to Grace Hall of Vancouver, who has chaired the MLA Day Organizing Committee for a very long time. Her committee members Nita Dosanjh and Cindy Dyal were also recognized with the BCSLS Bronze Award for their ongoing commitment to the Annual MLA Day.

BCSLS Awards of Merit were given to the members of the 2008 CSMLS/BCSLS Joint Congress Committee. Committee members recognized with the award were Val Fenn, Ann Brown, Ruth Taylor, Jan Betts, Maureen Miller, Terry Krushel, Christina Gaylord and Darlene Samin.

Finally, Lynn Simpson, BCSLS President, presented Service Awards to retiring Board members Cheryl McCullough, Erica Meredith and Cynthia Bishop.

All of these awards are well deserved and recognize the much appreciated commitment of our many BCSLS volunteers. Congratulations to you all!

Nita Dosanjh (left), Grace Hall (centre) and Cindy Dyal (right) receiving their awards at the 2008 AGM

Val Fenn receiving the Gold Award from Cynthia Bishop, Past President

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BCSLS Strategic Plan 2008-2012

This past January, the entire BCSLS Board and Staff participated in a very intense planning workshop with facilitator Donald Golob. At this meeting, we were able to hammer out the framework for a Five-year Strategic Plan, identifying specific desired outcomes and actions in the following categories:

  • Joint BCSLS/BCAMRT Regulatory College Implementation
  • Programs and services
  • Membership
  • Advocacy
  • Communications
  • Governance
  • Operations
  • Revenue and finance

The final version of the new five-year plan was formally accepted and approved at the Board meeting on October 3, 2008. The entire plan will be posted on the BCSLS website and we encourage feedback and comments for our membership. Comments can be sent to malcolm@bcsls.net.

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2009 BCSLS Congress to be held in Harrison Hot Springs

The 2009 BCSLS Congress Committee is delighted to invite you to participate in Congress 2009 at Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa , from October 1 through 4 of 2009.

The Congress 2009 theme, "Knowledge is Power," encompasses technical knowledge for employment, life skills knowledge for longevity and environmental knowledge for sustainability.

Congress 2009 will combine these aspects of knowledge in a spectacular, comprehensive, scientific program with equal emphasis for all laboratory disciplines (Hematology, Transfusion, Chemistry, Pathology, Microbiology, Accessioning and Management).

Join leading professional medical pathologists, technologists, assistants and healthcare managers in discussing the key issues around tomorrow’s lab challenges.

Relax, rejuvenate and re-connect with yourself - come early or stay late and take in the beautiful scenery of Harrison Hot Springs. Enjoy the area's many recreational activities, including golfing, fishing and boating, or appreciate the sand sculptures from the annual Sand Sculpture Competition. Be sure to attend the Exhibitors’ Reception and the Social Dinner at the world-renowned Minter Gardens.

The Congress 2009 preliminary programme brochure will be coming out early in the new year, and we encourage you to register early so you are not disappointed. Information will also be available on the BCSLS website

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Congress 2010 in Sidney by the Sea!

Lynn Simpson, BCSLS President, announced at this year's AGM that the BCSLS Congress 2010 will be held in beautiful Sidney by the Sea on Vancouver Island. Sidney, 22 km north of Victoria, is easily accessible from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal and from Victoria International Airport. A variety of affordable hotel accommodations will be available in Sidney, all within walking distance of the Congress venue. More information will be available after Congress 2009 in Harrison.

The Congress 2010 Committee encourages BCSLS members to submit ideas for keynote speakers and scientific program presenters. We want to ensure that we meet your needs and interests, and your input is appreciated. Please email malcolm@bcsls.net with your suggestions.

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Regulatory College delayed until 2010

The BC Ministry of Health Services has completed its initial review of a proposal to establish a joint BCSLS/BCAMRT Regulatory College in British Columbia. The Ministry is not prepared to proceed with the College "until such time as the issues noted in the response have either been addressed or resolved to the ministry’s satisfaction." This work will take some time, and the next window of opportunity for further consideration by the Ministry will be in 2010. Although we are disappointed with this response, given that "we are in a fluid environment at present in regard to health system reforms," the delay is not a surprise. The BCSLS will continue to work on this initiative along with our colleagues from the BCAMRT.

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January Telehealth to feature Emergency Preparedness for Laboratories

The BCSLS Telehealth program in January will feature Cecil Unrau of the PHSA. As a member of the Emergency Management team at Provincial Health Services Authority and site support for the PHSA Laboratory Services, Cecil will be talking about Emergency Preparedness in BC’s laboratories. This Telehealth program will be on January 15 at 6:00 pm.

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MLA Day 2009

Our Annual MLA Day will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Douglas College in New Westminster. We will have four very informative speakers on topics of interest to MLAs. The program will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and will include lunch. The theme for this year’s event is "An Internal Experience." More information on speakers and topics will be available in January. Watch your email and keep an eye on the BCSLS website.

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Best Wishes for a Safe and Happy Holiday

The Board and staff of the BCSLS would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members a very safe and happy holiday season. This special time of year, with family and friends, is a chance to give thanks for all our good fortune, including being part of the great profession of Med Lab Technology. The BCSLS looks forward to working hard on your behalf in 2009, and we promise you another great year. Best Wishes to you all!

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Write for the Objective

Do you know something others should know about? Want to raise a topic for discussion? How about reviewing a book or web site?

We are looking for people to contribute articles, reviews, commentary, and reports on local happenings to this newsletter.

Just submit a short piece - no more than 300 words - to bcsls@bcsls.net with your name and position title. Please provide any relevant web site links, digital photos, or references with your submission.

Note: BCSLS reserves the right to edit or reject submissions for length, relevance, or misleading or objectionable content.

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