I received a special delivery package. One that I didn't recognize, it wasn't your usual Purolator or UPS package.
Inside was a white envelope from the Prime Minister of Canada's office, and inside was a personal letter of congratulations to me from the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, wishing me a productive term of office.....WOW!
This sends a clear message of the importance and the far reaching effect of this Academy. The Respect we have and the influence our academy exudes is something we often take for granted. We should all be so proud of our accomplishments as our hard work and programs have certainly made an international impact.
It brings home the point that everything we do is seen by those who look at us with both admiration and with scrutiny. It brings home the fact that as leaders in the dentistry world, the decisions and directions we take set the milestones for the others to follow. And it brings home the fact that we as leaders of this academy must move forward into the future with visionary strategic planning to face the new world of dentistry.
We are all hard at work doing just that. The Board is focusing on the future, the ABCD is focusing on strengthening the credential, the BOT is focused on the programs to help the victims of domestic violence and the promotion of the Give Back a Smile program, and our staff is focused on making it all happen!
Thank you to all leaders and staff, for the countless hours of conference calls, hundreds of emails and many meetings that show the dedication of our leaders and staff, and the passion we all share to keep this Academy great, relevent, and moving forward.
The AACD annual Scientific Session in Washington was a resounding success. The vibe was positive and exciting, the programs ran like clockwork and everyone is still talking about the opening reception at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History....our very own night at the Museum! WOW! Congratulations to the entire staff for putting on such an incredible event.
When one looks behind the scenes to see how much planning, work and effort goes into this huge undertaking, one realizes that this is just one small piece of the puzzle that is the huge international scope of the AACD.
I am so honoured and proud to be President of such a wonderful organization filled with people of passion and caring, not only for our patients, our families, and the victims of domestic violence we so caringly treat, but also for caring so much about this Academy.
We are all on the same team, working hard to make this Academy better. My focus, our focus, must be clearly defined to keep this Academy strong and relevant as we move into the future. The world is changing and so must we.
Building on the past is important, keeping what is working, and what will help carry us forward. That is what traditions are made of, and these traditions like the Grand Entrance, are what people talk about for years, what we all look forward to. What we stand for and our purpose will never change, but the way we achieve that purpose, the programs we provide, and the way we provide them must adapt to the changing world.
This week, has been wonderful as the transition has been completed, some new efforts have already been established by ways of committees and councils to allow all the leadership to work together as a team, the focus is clear and the team is in place to move us forward to create a roadmap to the future.
Only four days in, and our sleeves have been rolled up, and we, all of us--leadership, staff and committees--are already hard at work, and having fun doing it!
Last night' leadership dinner was the best ever! Great warmth and cameraderie and the venue, food and even the speeches were fantastic. This morning started with a town hall meeting that did not meet the desired result of providing a forum to link with membership so we need to promote this better for next year! At noon the new mber reception was so exciting! Everyone so full of excitemt and enthusiasm... I felt right at home!!!! In a frw minutes the terrific trio of Garber, Coacman andd Van Doeren will have a three hour panel discussion that brings three top guys in the world together! Talk about your Wow factor! And even more Wow factor will be the Night at the museum welcome party at none other than the Smithsonian museum of natural history! AACD is just rocking it!
Ricki is spending the day in Alexandria and I have already had a few meetings that should prove to bring some fresh ideas to the fold. Saturday is the first meeting of the newly elected leadership (Friday night is the mbership mtgs) and let me be the first to tell you that we are going to hit the ground running!