Quarterly Newsletter of the Canadian Chapter of ACHE
Winter 2019
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Frances Roesch, FACHE 

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Todd Stepaniuk   

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Leslie Benecki, FACHE 

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Guy Bourbonnière

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Paula Neves, PhD

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Todd Stepanuik   

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David Matear, FACHE

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Danielle Swerhone, FACHE

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Frances Roesch
Message from Your Board Chair

Dear Fellow Canadian Chapter Members,

It seems incredible to me that we have come to the close of another year: the time goes so quickly and is so very full. And yet, as I take the time to slow down and reflect, another cycle is now complete.  As with so many things in life, as a Board, as a Chapter, we have met most of our goals, with only a few unreached. 

Several members gathered for the annual Canadian Chapter dinner at Congress in Chicago for networking and fellowship. We hosted an excellent education program in British Columbia in October, with attendance far outpacing expectations. Though we have fallen just short of our membership goal for the year, we had the highest membership reinstatement level of all chapters for ACHE this year, at 38.5%! We’ve also had two members successfully complete the Board of Governors exam. Rather than dwell on the goals unmet, reflection for lessons learned seems more balanced, especially at this time of year. 

It is easy to come out of the holiday season and be disappointed with the swirl of activity that has taken place: family, friends, time together, prayer, reflection, gifts, meals. And all the stress of trying to make the holidays perfect. The end result can be unsatisfying if our expectations go unmet, our #holidaygoals unreached.  Rather than quickly close the door and move on, perhaps some reflection will help us start the next chapter in a more positive way. 

Remembering what makes us joyful can bring a sense of purpose to the start of 2019. The little things, the big things, each have a place. And each person has a place as well. Creating time and space for what we find important and taking time to let the people around us know what they mean to us, at work and at home. People come and go in our lives, some anticipated, many not. Those who are closest to us, do they know the joy they bring to us? Our family, our friends, the people we work with every day? Do our colleagues, our teams know how much we rely on them, how much we value their contributions?  What will 2019 bring if one of these people were no longer spending it with us? As we begin the New Year, taking an extra moment to express our gratitude may bring joy to those around us. Let’s not miss an opportunity to bring joy. It will help us all to start the New Year with a little more light in our hearts. 

Frances C. Roesch, M.H.A., FACHE, is Chair of the Canadian Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Director of Administration, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. 



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The Canadian Chapter of ACHE is an independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Vision: To be the professional association of choice for Canada's health leaders.

Mission: To promote exceptional professional development through partnerships, networks and access to national and international resources enabling health care leadership excellence.