President’s Message

What an incredible start to 2016 for your MAMLS Board of Directors!

In January, MAMLS President-Elect, Jason Tilling joined forces with Adam Chrobak (CMLTM), Christine Nielsen (CEO of CSMLS), and Michele Sykes (MB/SK Director of CSMLS) to meet with the Deputy Minister of Health to discuss important issues facing our industry. They were able to convey to the Deputy Minister that Manitoba is facing a serious shortage of MLT’s.

In February, as President of MAMLS, I met up with Michele Sykes and Michael Grant (CSMLS Director, Marketing & Communications) to develop a communication strategy to engage the provincial candidates prior to the April 2016 Provincial Election. We developed a communication piece that advocated three key messages:

  • Removing the academic bottlenecks to training new MLT’s, including improving access to job placements
  • Ensure education programs are meeting the needs of the healthcare labour market
  • Better integration of internationally educated lab professionals into the Canadian workforce, making sure to serve Manitobans

This advocacy letter was sent out in early April and MAMLS goal is to use it as a launching point to continue to develop a strong working relationship with the new Health Minister.

In the middle of April, Jason Tilling and I attended the CSMLS Council of Government & Public Relations training session to develop and enhance our lobbying, government and media relation skills. Further to this, I also attended Lobby Day at Parliament Hill to engage our politicians about the vital diagnostic importance of the medical laboratory field in Manitoba and in Canada.

Beyond these advocacy duties, Michael David, MAMLS Director of Marketing and Communications busily prepared for the career symposium and science fair season. He recruited many volunteers and organized the MAMLS message for the important events.

Darrell Nazar, President of the Capital Region Academy has just finished another successful Spring Fling in Winnipeg that offered quality CE opportunities for all of those who attended. Rachel Kroeker, President of Valley Plains Academy, has been hard at work with Daphne Steeden (MCMLS 2016 Chairperson) developing and organizing MCMLS 2016. For the first time in its history, MCMLS is being hosted by Valley Plains Academy and will take place in Portage la Prairie at the PCU Centre on October 4th & 5th. Most recently, Virginia Liefso, President of NorMLS Academy, hosted a CE session at the Flin Flon General Hospital. Our Past President, Thecla Athayde, was one of the three speakers at this event. Virginia does a brilliant job advocating for the technologists and technicians in the northern labs of Manitoba.

As you can see, it has been an exciting and fast paced start to the year. It is amazing that half the year is almost past. MAMLS will continue to advocate for you and your profession as well as continue to provide engaging CE opportunities for all the technologists and technicians in Manitoba.

“We make the world we live in and we shape our own environment.” — Orison Swett Marden

– Melanie Couture, President of MAMLS 2016 Board of Directors