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President’s Report

September 28th, 2016

Dear Members,

It is a special honor and privilege to begin my term as president of the Prince Edward Island Counselling Association. Our outgoing president, Kim Bailey, deserves an enormous thank you from all of us for her hard work and dedication to our association. Greg Anderson (Treasurer) and Cindy Wood (Secretary) are entering the second year of their terms for PEICA and continue to be an asset to our executive. Congratulations to Bethany Toombs, PEICA Vice President, who was elected at the June 2016 AGM. Bethany’s enthusiasm and fresh perspectives will undoubtedly benefit our association.

With respect to work, regulation of the counselling profession is one of the Association’s main goals. Professional regulation is the cornerstone of our profession’s future. We are getting closer to this realization. The PEICA regulation committee met recently and committee members are working on providing the additional information that was requested following our last submission.

As part of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association’s grassroots advocacy initiative for mental health, PEI’s CCPA Board member Marion Clorey has been busy attending meetings with PEICA members and Island MPs to discuss issues that are important to our profession. Thank you Marion, for your dedication to this important work.

The 2016 Tri-PD promises to be another valuable professional development opportunity. WTF and Other Strategies to Keep You Grounded in High Stress Situations, led by Diana Tikasz takes place September 29 & 30 at the Murchison Center in Charlottetown. As in previous years, continuing education credits are available to members of CCPA who attend this workshop. Thank you to PEICA members Barb MacKinnon and Jo Cullen for their great work on the Tri-PD organizing committee.

Finally, I wish to acknowledge Amy McFeely, outgoing president of the PEITF School Counsellor’s Association, for all you have done for the association. Congratulations to Tammi Jo Auld as she begins her term as PEITFSCA President and to Calvin MacPhail as he begins his term as PEITFSCA Vice President. Maribeth Noonan will continue on as Treasurer and Joan Murray as Secretary.

Jane Munn
PEICA President