Happy International Volunteer Day!

Happy International Volunteer Day!

Murley_PresA message from CAMRT President, Deborah Murley, RTR

December 5 is International Volunteer Day 2015, a day for us to celebrate and give thanks to the generous members of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT).

The theme for International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2015 is Your World is Changing. Are You? Internationally, there will be a focus on sustainable development, and particularly on how volunteers can change the future. It is a day for celebration of volunteerism in all its facets – and provides the opportunity to pay special tribute to volunteers who make a difference locally, nationally and globally.

In Canada we are very fortunate to have countless medical radiation technologists (MRT) volunteers working tirelessly to improve and change the future for the profession, their fellow professionals and patients. Locally, we have dedicated provincial leaders who organize conferences and professional development programmes, advocate on your behalf with key decision makers, and manage your provincial organization’s affairs efficiently. Nationally, the CAMRT works with hundreds of volunteer members who donate their time to assist CAMRT in maintaining its high quality services for members. As well as the volunteers on the CAMRT Board of Directors, the CAMRT counts on volunteers on more than 20 committees and advisory councils to help shape its strategies and programmes in education, professional practice, advocacy and communications, and more.

CAMRT members are also helping to change to future of medical imaging and radiation therapy on the international stage. Serving on the board of the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) are Dr Terry Ell, Vice President of the Americas and Alain Cromp, Director of Public Relations. Also with ISRRT, are Dr Robin Hesler who serves as Regional Coordinator for Education, the Americas, and Council Member, Marcia Smoke. We are also excited and looking forward to 2016 when our new partnership with RAD-AID will expand volunteer opportunities for Canadian MRTs at a global level.

On 5 December, 2015 join with me in saluting the hundreds of MRT volunteers whose contribution of personal time, ingenuity, and expertise over the past year has helped to ensure that our profession is actively engaging in change for the future. To all of you who serve our association so well in a volunteer capacity, on behalf of all CAMRT members: Thank you.

The CAMRT offers many opportunities for members to get involved and strengthen our professional community, whether for a short time or in a more permanent role. Visit the list of opportunities on our website, or contact the CAMRT office to let staff know of your interests.

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