October 2017 Newsletter


Professional PicturePresident's Message

Firstly, I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize three board members who completed their terms at the AGM in May – Leisje McDougall-Young, Rachel Graham and Marsha Arnburg.  Thank you all for your commitment and dedication to the board.  I would also like to welcome our newest board member, Valerie MacPherson. 

The NSDA board is back into the swing of things after the summer.  The board and senior staff met in a facilitated session September 15th and 16th to set the direction for the organization.  As you may remember for last year’s annual report, the board had evaluated our previous strategic directions in 2016/17.  It was clear after this review that it was a priority to develop a new strategic direction in 2017/18.

 In preparation for the process, stakeholder input was gathered for the Board to consider via a confidential questionnaire.  Stakeholders who were invited to participate included:  members of the public; government; NSDA committee members; members of the NS Network of Regulated Health Professionals; and members of the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies.  The survey asked a series of questions relating to how stakeholders felt the regulatory body was meeting its mandate and what they believe we should consider when planning for the next 3-5 years.  At the session, the board reviewed the stakeholder feedback, and completed an environmental scan and SWOT analysis to prepare us for developing our plan.

Below are the draft mission, vision, and strategic directions for the next 3-5 years.  Before they are finalized at our November board meeting, we would like to ask for NSDA registrant feedback.  Please click HERE to complete a brief questionnaire.

Mission - A mission is a one-sentence statement that describes the reason an organization exists and is used to help guide decisions about priorities, actions, and responsibilities.

Draft Mission:

“In the public interest, NSDA regulates licensed dietitians and nutritionists to practice in a safe, ethical, competent manner.”

Vision - A vision statement expresses the desired end-state.  It’s a one-sentence statement describing the clear and inspirational long-term desired change resulting from an organization’s work.

 Draft Vision

 “Trust and excellence in regulation and practice”

 Considering the draft vision for NSDA, the input from the stakeholder consultation, the SWOT analysis, and the environmental scan, the board developed the top three Strategic Goals for focus and action over the next 3-5 years

 Regulation of Practice

  • Review program and explore relevance and utility of CCP
  • Collaboratively develop competencies for preceptorship (NSDA and education programs)

 Governance Excellence

 Recruit and maintain a diverse group of leaders who have the skillsets and perspectives that align with NSDAs culture and strategic directions

Communication and Engagement

Enhance collective understanding of regulation and the role of NSDA 

As previously mentioned we would appreciate your feedback on our draft mission, vision, and strategic directions.  I hope you will take the time to complete the brief questionnaire.

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