AGM News: Members Honoured with Annual Awards

At this year’s AGM in Cranbrook, Past President Pat Johnston presented the BCSLS annual awards for service. Kathy Chambers, recipient of this year’s Gold Award, was honoured for her years of leadership in several international organizations, and for her career-long commitment to continuing education. With 25 years in transfusion medicine, the AGM recognized her as a role model who “walks the talk.”

The Silver Award went to Shelley Sanders, not only for the leadership she has provided over the years to the Society, but also for her role as a lobbyist and ambassador for the profession.

Sylvia Main received the Bronze award for her work in organizing this year’s Congress, while Awards of Merit went to Michelle Culver, Debra Burton, Cheryl Mikulcik, Eleanor McCaughey, Maxine Harder, Claudette Blai-Sopkow, Edie Elias, Leslie Carlson, Gwen Gawryluk, Diane McCrea, Angela Wallin, Rhoda East, Wade Sansford, Katie Benders, Michelle Harris, Lorraine Harvey, Laurie Craig and Roxene Harris for their commitment to making Congress a success.

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Phil Reid Bursary Announced

The Board has set the amount of the coming year’s Phil Reid Bursary at $679. The deadline for application is July 31, 2007, to cover courses or activities completed by April 30, 2007. Please note that this is a new date and a change to the application rules. The names of the successful applicants will be announced at the 2007 AGM in Merritt.

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Membership Fees to Increase

In order to keep pace with rising costs, the AGM approved an increase to BCSLS membership fees for the fiscal year 2008/2009. For MLTs, fees will increase by ten dollars, while MLAs will see an increase of five dollars. In support of the motion, the AGM also pointed out the need to increase Society membership to help offset costs.

CSMLS members will have received the BCSLS membership renewal brochure. Fees for the coming year are $106.30 for MLTs, $68.85 for MLAs, and $63.50 for Affiliates. Online registration will be available in January.

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BCSLS Executive Director Resigns

John Mabbott, BCSLS Executive Director, has resigned effective October 1. He will continue to work with BCSLS in a consulting capacity until mid-December to ensure a smooth handover of his former responsibilities.

"It is with regret that I am resigning BCSLS. I have enjoyed and benefited from my association with the society over the past two years," Mabbott said.

John is leaving to accept the job of Executive Director at the Centre for Health Care Management at the UBC Sauder School of Business.

The BCSLS Board has appointed Kim Alves as Interim Executive Director during the transition period. Kim has been BCSLS Treasurer for the past two years, but will step aside to accept the staff position on a part-time basis while an executive search is conducted.

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Upcoming TeleHealth Events to Focus on Transfusion Medicine, Bioterrorism

Alternatives to Blood Transfusion - Feb. 15

Eric Ching, ART, MT(ASCP), SBB, is slated to present February’s BCSLS TeleHealth event on transfusion medicine, Alternatives to Transfusion. Ching, recognized as an authority in transfusion medicine, is Product and Education Specialist for Dominion Biologicals.

Ching’s presentation will focus on the appropriateness of transfusion of blood components, and the role of technologists as “gate-keepers” in reducing the incidence of unnecessary transfusion. The TeleHealth is set for February 15th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Click here for more information and registration.


Our March event will be the fifth in our Crime Scene series, a live presentation at the Justice Institute of B.C. on Bioterrorism. The event will take place on March 17. Check the BCSLS website for details as they are finalized.

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TeleHealth Wrap-up

Dr. Gillian Lockitch, Director of the Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine at the UBC/Children and Women’s Health Centre, presented our October 19 TeleHealth event on Hemochromatosis. Her presentation will be available for download on the Archives page.

Last month’s TeleHealth event looked at Osteoporosis and Bone Health. The presenter, Dr. Jerilynn C. Prior of UBC’s Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, has provided slides from her presentation, which will be available for download from the Archives page.

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BCIT Accepting Applications for Upgrade Program

BCIT is now accepting applications for the September 2007 intake of the Medical Laboratory Science – Professional Qualifying program. Designed to provide internationally-trained medical technologists with the practical and theoretical knowledge they need for CSMLS national certification, the 14-month program also assists students in finding MLT employment in Canada.

For more information, see the BCIT website or call Sue Whitehead, the Certificate Program Coordinator, at 604-412-7596.

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BCIT Announces Forensic Toxicology Course

This coming semester, BCIT is offering an online introduction to forensic science technology. FCST 8240, for students in BCIT’s Forensic Sciences Technology program, will look at analytical techniques, scientific instrumentation, and the pharmacology that practicing forensic toxicologists apply. Lab quality assurance and the legal issues that toxicologists confront will be included, as well as a deeper look at some drug-related toxicology. The course begins January 5, 2007, and runs for 13 weeks. Click here for the course description.

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MTI Community College Joins List of Approved Programs

BCSLS welcomes MTI Community College to our list of approved MLA programs. Students entering the MTI program anytime after October 1, 2006, are eligible for BCSLS certification upon successful completion.

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Insider Trading Benefits BCSLS Members

Discounts and more coming soon

Club BCSLS is our new member-only discount buying program, offered in partnership with Insider Trading. BCSLS members will enjoy significant discounts on travel, car rental, ski passes, and a range of other products and services. Buying through Club BCSLS not only saves you money, but a percentage of every purchase also goes to BCSLS. The service launches on January 8; check back here in our next edition for details or go to the BCSLS website for updates.

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Write For The Objective

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Just submit a short piece - no more than 300 words - in MS Word or via email to with your name and position title. Please provide any relevant web site links, digial 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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