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Annual Report 2019

Christine Nielsen

Message from the CEO

2019 was a great year for CSMLS. This year, we developed a special focus on what you, as members, truly want and need from us in order to be successful in every stage of your career. We listened to your questions, your concerns, your comments, your words of thanks. We conducted surveys to get your unfiltered opinion. We never stopped listening to you. Why? Because we are always changing to make sure we meet your needs.

Throughout the year, our actions were shaped by the desire to be your source for success. We transitioned to computer-based testing, helping students enter the workforce through a secure, leading-edge exam system. We created new resources, such as the Ethics on Demand Card Game and the Resource on Indigenous Health, to provide you with reliable information to guide your professional decisions. In Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and in lab tours across the country, we stepped in to hear your concerns and relay your message to policy makers when the future of your profession felt uncertain. CSMLS will continue to listen to your needs and work to meet them, but with the success of 2019, we are excited to evolve alongside our membership and the profession into the new decade.

Maria Klement

Message from the President

I had a wonderful year as the 2019 CSMLS President, and it was an honour to represent the thousands of medical laboratory professionals who make up our membership. What I might remember most about my time as President was the privilege of meeting so many of our members and people from the medical lab community across Canada and around the world.

Enjoying the sights and getting to know so many people in Fredericton, NB, during LABCON2019 and then while representing Canada at the IFBLS Chief Delegates meeting in Australia gave me a sense of camaraderie. I found it striking that the global medical lab community is facing a similar crisis in the human health resource shortage, and this only strengthened my desire to advocate for the profession. From speaking to Global News on Lobby Day to giving MP Elizabeth May a tour of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital lab, I was glad to share our message and advocate on behalf of members.

I am proud of our profession, and I will always be thankful for the opportunity to share the work we do. Of course, we could not do this work without members’ investment, and we are obliged to provide the best value for members’ financial contributions. I encourage you to download and review the financial summary you will find below.

 
 

CSMLS Mission: To advance the medical laboratory profession through certification, education and advocacy.

To stay true to our mission, we focus our efforts through these four values:

 

Integrity

Accountability

Respect

Commitment

 

Strategic Plan

Our four-pillared strategic plan guides the Board of Directors and staff to make decisions that align with the organization’s common goals. The four pillars help keep us focused on the best interests of members for the present and the future.

Empower medical laboratory professionals to succeed in a dynamic and challenging work environment.

Make CSMLS indispensable to our members at all stages of their careers.

Advocate for solutions within the health care system on behalf of the medical laboratory profession.

Be the acknowledged leader for certification in medical laboratory science across Canada.

 

2019 Board of Directors

 

Maria Klement

President

Lisette Vienneau

Past President

Nancy Bergeron

Vice President, Director

 

Joël Rivero

Director, AB, NT & NU

Patricia Verbeke

Director, MB & SK

Krista Urchenko

Director, ON

Kal Randhawa

Director, BC & YT

 

Lucie Alain

Director, QC

Greg Dobbin

Director, Atlantic

Danielle McLennan

Director, Bilingual

 
 

Year in Review

 

Lab Tours

CSMLS Board members and staff completed another year of advocacy in the laboratory. Throughout the year, CSMLS continued its commitment to advocate for medical laboratory professionals by facilitating lab tours for Members of Parliament (MPs) in their local riding laboratories. Every year, we facilitate several lab tours to give MPs an in-depth look at the importance of the work done in the lab and its effect in health care.

These tours not only allow CSMLS to raise concerns about the present and future state of the profession, they also show government representatives the important work performed by our medical laboratory professionals and their indispensable role in Canada’s health care system.

MP Elizabeth May, Saanich Peninsula Hospital, Saanichton, BC

MP Erin O’Toole, Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, ON

MP Mel Arnold, Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Vernon, BC

MP Wayne Long, Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John, NB

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Oulton College, Moncton, NB

Senator Percy Downe, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown, PEI

MP Bev Shipley, Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, Strathroy, ON

 
 
 
 

2019 Award Recipients

CSMLS is proud to offer many grants, scholarships and awards as a benefit to our members. These financial benefits are provided to help members continue their professional development, aid students in their education and recognize those who have shown excellence in the profession. Congratulations to all grant, scholarship, and awards recipients. Find the full list of 2019 recipients below.

Congratulations to all grants, scholarships and awards recipients.

 

2019 CSMLS Volunteers & Key Contributors

We are thankful for those who generously contribute their time and expertise for the benefit of the medical laboratory profession. The Society’s existence and growth are built on the support of volunteers and contributors who willingly give to the profession.
 

 

Donors to Grants, Scholarships and Awards

CSMLS is grateful for the generosity of the following supporters of the CSMLS Grants, Scholarships and Awards. Thanks to their financial contributions, we are able to continue to support our members’ professional and educational development.
Amanda VanSpronsen Ashley Sullivan Belva Raftopoulos Benie Tagala Constantino Brenda Soutar
Chelsea Kwasny Chris Eric Bibby Christine Nielsen Dana Stark Derek Winterton
Elias Kalouche Eric Jansen Frederick Wong Gaylene Scott Giandeep Khepar
Goldie Fagan Jacqueline Anne Spain Jahangir Abdi Jason Noonan Jennifer O'Leary
Jessalynn Martin John Rogers Judith Ann Pateman Kristin Juenke Laura Smy
Lina Sabbagh Lisette Vienneau Lynne Brushett M.E. Johanne Lamarre Malachi Cruz
Margot Beverly Newton Mélanie McLean Mhari Robertson Michael Ashbee Michael Waters
Mitchell Goldsack Nancy Scott-Langille Ossayed Al Awor Patricia Rodgers Paula Steeves
Ruth Farrow Ryan Wilson Shukri Hirsi Susan Yvonne Childs Suzanne Cormier
Sylvia Schmidt Tarnnumjahan Sayed Tatiana Sochirca Wesley Nishi Winnifred Donovan
 

National Voice

As the national voice of Canada’s medical laboratory profession, CSMLS represents the needs and concerns of medical laboratory professionals when working with laboratory and health care-related organizations. CSMLS Board of Directors, staff and volunteers attend meetings, conferences and events on behalf of CSMLS members and the entire medical laboratory profession. Here is a sample of where your voice was heard in 2019:

  • Health Action Lobby (HEAL)
    OTTAWA, ON
  • EQual Working Group– Competency ProfilesSubcommittee
    TELECONFERENCE
  • Canadian Coalition for PublicHealth in the 21st Century
    TELECONFERENCE
  • Ethics Workshops –Grand River Hospital &St. Mary’s Hospital
    KITCHENER, ON
  • Accreditation Canada Technical Committee
    TELECONFERENCE
  • 360° Communication Through Simulation– Touchstone Institute
    TELECONFERENCE
  • Student Presentation – British ColumbiaInstitute of Technology
    BURNABY, BC
  • Conference Board of Canada – Roundtable on Immigration
    VANCOUVER, BC
  • Choosing Wisely Poster Presentation & Engaging the Nationin Our Health Human Resource Shortage Presentation–KnowledgeLab 2019, Clinical Laboratory ManagementAssociation
    GRAPEVINE, TEXAS
  • Ethics Presentations – BD Symposium
    with BCSLSSURREY, BC; NANAIMO, BC
  • Bridging Program Visit and Presentation – Michener Institute
    TORONTO, ON
  • Student Presentation – University of Alberta
    WEBINAR
  • Ethics Presentation – Eastern Ontario Regional LaboratoryAssociation
    OTTAWA, ON
  • Health Action Lobby (HEAL)
    TELECONFERENCE
  • Lobby Day
    OTTAWA, ON
  • MPP Luncheon
    QUEEN’S PARK, ON
  • Accreditation Canada Advisory Council
    TELECONFERENCE
  • MLA Student Presentation – Oulton College,
    NBWEBINAR
  • Presentation – Anderson College’s 4th Annual Scientific Day
    TORONTO, ON
  • Student Presentation – Michener Institute of Education at UHN
    TORONTO, ON
  • Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century (CCPH21)
    TELECONFERENCE
  • Organizations for Health Action (HEAL)
    TELECONFERENCE
  • CAP-ACP Council – Canadian Association of Pathologists(Association canadienne des pathologistes)
    NIAGARA FALLS, ON
  • CSA Technical Standard Committee – Fumehoods
    NIAGARA FALLS, ON; TELECONFERENCE
  • Student Presentations – Anderson College
    TORONTO, ON
  • International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IFBLS) Chief Delegates Meetings
    BRISBANE, AU
  • Alberta: Open Forum
    EDMONTON, AB
  • Accreditation Canada Technical CommitteeReport
    TELECONFERENCE
  • Lab tour with MP Elizabeth May, Saanich Peninsula Hospital
    SAANICHTON, BC
  • MLT program visit at Oulton College with Federal Minister of Health, Ginette Petitpas Taylor
    MONCTON, NB
  • Meeting with NDP Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA)
    EDMONTON, AB
  • Meeting with Alberta Deputy Minister of Health
    EDMONTON, AB
  • Quest Diagnostics presentation: Challenging Lab Utilization Practices with the Medical Laboratory Profession at the Forefront
    VIDEOCONFERENCE
  • Fume Hood TSC Content Development Meeting
    TORONTO, ON
  • Australian Institute of Medical Science Conference (AIMS) presentations: Generational Communication and Simulation in Canadian Medical Laboratory Science Education
    GOLD COAST, AU
  • LabCANDx Stakeholder Meeting & Advocacy Training
    TORONTO, ON
  • Saskatchewan Society for Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT) Fall Conference presentation: Professionalism and Social Media
    REGINA, SK
  • Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) AGM
    OTTAWA, ON
  • Simulation Canada (Sim-One) AGM
    TELECONFERENCE
  • Mental Health for All (MH4A) Conference poster: CSMLS Mental Health Toolkit
    TORONTO, ON
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) presentation: HHR Call to Action
    VICTORIA, BC
  • OPTMQ Provincial Meeting
    DRUMMONDVILLE, QC
  • British Columbia Society of Laboratory Science (BCSLS) Congress presentations: Code of Ethics and HHR Call to Action – 18 Months Later
    NEW WESTMINSTER, BC
  • Anderson College Program Advisory Committee Meeting presentation: HHR Call to Action
    TORONTO, ON
  • Canadian Phlebotomy Technicians Group Inc.
    TELECONFERENCE
  • Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NSCMLT) Education Day
    DARTMOUTH, NS
  • Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) presentation: Adventure in Mentoring: Learn from our failure
    VANCOUVER, BC
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Society for Medical Laboratory Science (NLSMLS) 2019 Fall Symposium
    ST. JOHN'S, NL
 

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