From the Chair of the ICDA Board of Directors
  • Hello everyone and I hope the year is going well for you all.  On September 12th we held the 7th annual meeting of the ICDA.  Unlike that of 2012, we held it by teleconference - always a challenge and thank you to those Official Representatives who joined us, especially those who had to join at 4am!!  Timing is always so difficult with it ranging from 4am through until 11pm starting times when we hold meetings this way.
    I thought I would provide some highlights of my annual report. I am especially proud of the achievements of the last year, which included:
    1. Achieving a “Certificate of Continuance” in Canada, allowing the ICDA to continue into the future. 
    2. Developing a new strategic plan, which will be available on our website shortly.  Our vision remains the same – for an integrated communication network, enhancing the profession and working on education and standards, but we will be updating the language a little.  We have developed new targets for action.
    3. Setting a very full agenda for progressing work, with Directors taking leadership roles in achieving our work plan.
    4. Enhancing our website further.
    5. Increasing the frequency of our newsletter to three times per year, which indicates our growth in membership and interest in our activities
    6. Reaching out to other interested partners and groups in the international arena suggesting that our relevance in the international community is growing.
    7. Increasing our capacity through strategies such as appointing individuals to assist the Board in our work.
    8. Speaking and advocating for international dietetics and the profession generally at every opportunity.
    9. Streamlining Board processes and introducing the use of internet based tools for easier communication among us.
    10.  Rethinking and updating many of the policies and practices to align with the new legislative requirements for “not-for-profit” organisations in Canada.
    I think that this shows the level of maturity of our organisation and how we have moved forward in the last year.
    I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Board, to wish everyone best wishes for the rest of 2013 and a happy new year.  2014 will be another great year for the ICDA. 2014 will be one of consolidation of ideas and strategies and actions to achieve goals.  So we also need your help and input across the year.  Watch out for our calls for assistance.
    Sandra Capra
    Chair, Board of Directors, ICDA