Since last Friday, I have gone from one novelty to the next, from one first to the next. This is indeed my first blog post as president and it is a place where I can regularly share ideas with you and hear back from you.
We just had an eventful week-long convention! It was rich in content, discussions and emotions. This blog post would be endless if I tried to summarize everything that was said there. For full details, visit the convention website. You can watch videos of important moments and inspiring conferences from this wonderful week.
The Executive Committee members didn’t waste a minute before getting to work. The five new vice-presidents are taking on their new responsibilities and getting familiar with their various mandates, and through it all, we are all focusing on the strategies and priorities for the coming months.
The first meeting on my mind is obviously the negotiation of the local agreements and the increase in full-time positions. It is a major issue and we will devote all the time and energy necessary. Moreover, I know it won’t come as a surprise to anyone that healthcare professional-to-patient ratios will be a main priority for the organization. Incidentally, last Thursday we launched the Black Book of Care Safety. In the next few weeks, we will be very vocal about this topic. We want the political parties to take a stance and strive for the well-being of patients and healthcare professionals. I won’t say too much now, but we will be super active during this pre-election year!
It is with humility and lots of ideas that I undertake this mandate. I am eager to win with you and for you. I will conclude my first blog post by expressing the pride I feel at being the spokesperson for the FIQ’s 75,000 healthcare professionals.
In closing, I couldn’t write this post on December 6 without honouring the memory of the 14 victims who were murdered on this day in 1989 at the École Polytechnique. I encourage you to visit the page featuring the various activities and interventions we took part in today.