A Message from Dr. Raymond Lee, President, CAPD/ACDP
During these difficult times in our profession, it is even more important for all of us to connect and stay connected. Is anyone else still feeling a little lost and stressed out about working, our practices and our careers? Although life has settled a bit recently across the country, we continue daily and weekly to wonder what are the guidelines, are we doing enough, and where will this lead. Hopefully everyone has a strong network and foundation, professionally and personally, that will help us see us all through to the other side, whenever that will be.
While it is very unfortunate that the Annual Conference in Whistler was canceled this year, we are forging ahead with plans for our members. This includes:
• 2020 “Virtual” Meetings on September 25-26, 2020
• 2021 Annual Conference, in partnership with the AAPD, in Montreal on September 23-24-25, 2021
• 2022 “Return to Whistler” Annual Conference on October 27-28-29, 2022
We will provide full details about the Montreal and Whistler Annual Conferences later, but we would like to invite Members NOW to attend the upcoming 2020 virtual sessions, listed below.
1) Executive Council Meeting
On Friday September 25, 2020, from 08:00 to 12 Noon PDT (11:00-15:00 EDT), the annual Executive Council Meeting will take place virtually. “Active Members” of the CAPD/ACDP may attend and observe, in-whole or in-part. As we will be using the Zoom platform, it is necessary to sign up beforehand. Members will then be provided with instructions closer to the date of the meeting.
2) 3M Oral Care Graduate Student Research Presentations
Thank you to 3M Oral Care who have generously agreed to continue sponsoring the annual “3M Graduate Student Research Presentations” virtually on Saturday September 26, from 08:00 to 09:30 PDT (11:00-12:30 EDT). This is always one of the highlights of the Annual Conference where the next generation of Pediatric Dentists present their research abstracts and respond to questions, live and personally, from the membership, while vying for the $1000 Presentation Award. Again, as we will be using the Zoom Platform, it is necessary to sign up beforehand. Members will then be provided with instructions closer to the date of the presentations.
3) Annual General Meeting
The 2020 Annual General Meeting will take place virtually on Saturday September 26, from 10:00 to 11:00 PDT (13:00-14:00 EDT). As usual, reports from the Executive Committee covering items such as CAPD/ACDP activities, finances and industry updates will be presented for the approval of the membership. All CAPD/ACDP members in good standing may attend, including student members, but only full Active Members and Honourary Members are eligible to vote. And again, as we will be using the Zoom Platform, it is necessary to sign up beforehand. Members will then be provided with instructions closer to the date of the AGM.
I truly hope that everyone will attend “virtually” and make this unique 2020 Annual Conference a resounding success. This technology is new to all of us, but we are all getting used to it. We have to because it sure seems that it will become part of our “new normal”. We should thank the CDA Oasis and John O’Keefe who will be assisting us. Technical hiccups may arise, but let’s embrace it and have some fun. I look forward to “seeing” everyone again very soon. So, sign up now!
Please stay safe and stay healthy.
Proud to be Canadian!