October 2017 Newsletter

JGARUSExecutive Manager's Message

For NSDA, the fall is a time of new beginnings; the board and committees resume their work after a summer break. Early in November, all committee volunteers are invited to meet for its first in-person meeting.  Volunteers who recently attended professional development on the principles of administrative law will share their learnings with others.  It will also be a time to thank and recognize volunteers for their engagement.  An impressive number of volunteers, however, were active during the summer drafting the jurisprudence e-learning module and auditing the Continuing Competency Program (CCP) submissions. 

Over the summer, the jurisprudence e-learning module was finalized and it will soon be available for you to complete. Those involved in its development found it to be an excellent learning opportunity.  Over fifteen volunteers participated in the drafting and review of the e-learning module. Watch your emails for notice of its launch. 

Volunteers and staff were are also active during the summer months conducting the CCP audit.  Over fifteen dietitians volunteered to participate in training and anonymously audit the CCP submissions.  Their feedback was sought for improvements to the auditing process and the Continuing Competency Committee has already met to review their responses.

Much of my time over the summer months was implementing changes associated with the administration of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE).  I am NSDA's representative on the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies (the Alliance), and the Alliance's project manager for the CDRE.  A new exam vendor, Yardstick Assessment Strategies Inc., will administer the exam. The most significant changes include a new online scheduling process, additional exam locations, and the computer-based exam is four hours instead of six.

I'm pleased to welcome Amanda Connors back from maternity leave as practice advisor for twelve hours each week.  She will also take on the role of registration coordinator. For administrative support, Cheina MacArthur will join us at the NSDA office two mornings each week. My priorities moving forward will be to develop and implement a plan to meet the board's strategic goals, the ongoing review and development of standards and policies, and the roll-out of a public education strategy.