A Successful 2014 Conference and Annual General Meeting
The Ontario Association of Psychological Associates (OAPA) held its 2014 Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday November 21st at the stunning Old Mill Toronto. There was a lot of buzz surrounding this year’s conference, which led to OAPA’s first sold out event.
OAPA was excited to support Ontario’s psychology practitioners as they began their transition to the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – 5th Edition (WISC-V). It was quite clear that the WISC-V brings with it significant changes and improved clinical utility that will support our clients’ needs, but may also appear a bit daunting on the surface. Fortunately, the WISC-V’s co-research director, Dr. James Holdnack, was able to walk the audience through this transition in an engaging fashion that left attendees excited about what lies ahead.
Interest was just as high when OAPA Member, School Psychologist, and now CEO, Melissa Cait, introduced the audience to InsightFill, an intelligent report writing assistant that allows clinicians to save time, while committing their full efforts towards clinical interpretation and communication. While many attendees will be looking towards InsightFill to boost there workflow, everyone in the room was engaged in a much needed debate about why and how we should be communicating information in reports.
Energy levels were high throughout the conference. The feedback we personally received was remarkably positive and left us determined to try to match this success in 2015.
For many attendees the day was not done, however, as we quickly transitioned over to OAPA’s AGM portion of the day. Many members remained for this portion of the day and some excellent discussions were had. We moved quickly through our formal reports, with much of the conversation matching recent discussions from the listserve (e.g. potential title regulation amendments; our government initiatives; the new website). We also held several elections, with the positions of President, Treasurer, and two Directors-at-Large open for nominations.
Incumbent President Michael Decaire was renominated from the floor and was acclaimed to his seat for another three year term. Current Vice President, Deirdre Boyle accepted a nomination to Treasurer and was subsequently acclaimed, which left the Vice Presidency vacant. Outgoing Treasurer Elaine Moroney was promptly nominated and then acclaimed to that position.
It is our pleasure to announce that we are also welcoming two new members to our Board, with Bryony Hupka and Maaike Canrinus each accepting nominations and being acclaimed to the positions of Director at Large. This returns our Board to its full complement and will allow for a great pairing of experienced advocates and fresh ideas.
A great deal is ahead for OAPA in 2015. Our government initiatives and advocacy efforts will continue, we will further expand our website and other resources for members, and we look forward to growing together with each of you.
Your OAPA Board.