Embrace the Upcoming Autumn Season with CDAA: A Message from the President
Dear Esteemed Members of the Calgary Dental Assistants Association,
As we step into the vibrant season of autumn, with its promise of captivating colour palettes and the lingering warmth of the summer, I extend an equally warm welcome to all of you. This time of year marks not only a transition in season but also the return to school routines and the embrace of our professional affiliations therein. Your membership in an industry association not only reflects your dedication to your craft but also positions you as an active participant in its progression.
In this spirit, I am thrilled to introduce myself as your new CDAA President. For those who might be wondering about my journey into this role, I am no stranger to the CDAA. In the past, I have been actively engaged in various capacities. I have also served provincially as a CADA councillor. And, after a decade abroad, I recently returned to Calgary with a renewed commitment to our profession. And it was in this dedication that I chose to attend the last Annual General Meeting, in May of this year, where I found myself elected as President: taking on the mantle of this role with a powerful sense of duty and an enthusiasm for what the role entails.
This highlights the importance of all members getting involved. The CDAA's legacy, dating back to circa 1956, is a testament to the dedication of colleagues, persons like yourselves, who have also tirelessly contributed to the organisation over the years. Especially as some step back to mentor the next generation, I invite each of you to consider taking a step forward. Volunteering with CDAA not only enhances your professional profile but also offers a sense of satisfaction in being charitable.
As we embark on the term 2023-2024, rest assured that the CDAA is in capable hands. Our team of dedicated volunteers is poised to serve your needs. Allow me to elaborate on how we can enrich your CDAA membership experience. Our association operates on three key pillars: fostering unity among dental professionals, providing ongoing support for continuing competency, and offering a platform for discussions that shape our profession.
Mark your calendars for our upcoming October general meeting (10/23/23), where we will celebrate our annual awards night. Join us in recognizing the achievements of deserving colleagues who exemplify excellence in our field. Visit our website's awards tab at https://calgaryrda.ca/awards/ to learn more about the recognition opportunities.
Additionally, I'm delighted to share that CADA is offering two early-bird registration prizes, covering your registration fee (up to $103 value) for 2024 membership. Renewals are now open, and the early-bird draw is scheduled for November 1, 2023. Remember that registering by October 31, 2023, ensures your Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) policy certificate for CADA registration—be an early bird and secure your spot!
As a CDAA member, you can explore an array of benefits outlined at https://calgaryrda.ca/cdaa-membership/ . This year, we're introducing a new addition: the Good Life Fitness Corporate Membership, which extends a 15% discount to all CDAA members and waives the enrolment fee.
Your professional growth is paramount, and I encourage you to join us for CDAA's fall seminar on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023. Immerse yourself in the knowledge shared by our four guest speakers, tailored to your competency profiles. And yes, we'll ensure you're well-fed throughout the event—for a nominal fee, of course!
In conclusion, the CDAA is devoted to serving your needs and amplifying your voice. We implore you to champion the significance of supporting your local association. Let our local presence be the resounding echo of our profession in Alberta. Your ideas and feedback are invaluable; please reach out anytime at https://calgaryrda.ca/contact-us/ .
As the autumn unfolds its splendour, I eagerly anticipate connecting with many CDAA members during the enriching meetings and events of the academic year ahead.
Cathy Johnson, MSc, RDA