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Chapter Connections Day 2016.

Chapter Connections Day is always an important one-day meeting the day before the Dynamics of Critical Care[TM] Conference begins. This day provides an opportunity for Chapter Presidents and Executive members to meet with the Board of Directors to share information from chapters and the Board. Chapter Connections Day was held on September 24, 2016 at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown, PE with nineteen chapter leaders in attendance.

Renee Chauvin, President, welcomed the attendees and reviewed the day's agenda. Everyone participated in a fun exercise called "Map It Out" which involved a large map of Canada. All attendees were requested to complete an information sheet prior to the meeting providing a photo and information on where they live, something new, exciting or challenging about their job, their passion and a personal or favourite quote. The information sheet was posted on the wall and the member placed a star with their name on their community on the map. It was a fun interactive way to get to know one another.

In keeping with our goal of education for chapter leadership, the Board welcomed Jim MacKelvie, Lean Improvement Facilitator, who facilitated a workshop on Synergy and Teamwork. Mr. MacKelvie worked with the group and in smaller working groups on defining our roles, common purpose and shared vision for the association. The presentation taught us that trust is key in the things we do and is a 'team thing'.. .it is a purpose of your day!

Following the educational event, the Board discussed the Canadian Nurses Association Environmental Scan and asked the group for their input on the following questions: 1. identify the key trends that will have an impact whether positive or negative on nursing, health and healthcare delivery over the next two years, and 2. what do you see as the top priorities for nursing, health and healthcare delivery over the next three to five years. This evoked a lively discussion with the attendees. CACCN provided feedback to the Canadian Nurses Association and will share the scan results with the chapters when received.

The CACCN Committees--Member Relations, National Conference Advisory, Professional Development, Partner Relations were re-introduced to the attendees by Renee Chauvin. Attendees were welcome to browse the poster presentations for each committee and engage the Chair in discussion about the exciting things happening at CACCN now.

After a delicious and nutritious spa networking lunch, the group came together again to participate in the World Cafe Knowledge Sharing. Lara Parker, BOD Director shared that attendees would participate in a group at five different stations: Annual General Meeting, Education, Chapter Leadership, Connecting and Awards. The purpose of the World Cafe was to discuss with chapter leaders how to share some of the successes and tackle some of the issues within those areas. Each cafe was facilitated

by a member of the Board of Directors and the groups rotated at 20-minute intervals through each cafe. During the event, attendees collected an entrance sticker at each cafe for their 'passports'. The passport would prove to be beneficial at the end of the day.

After World Cafe, the open forum followed to keep the rich discussions flowing. Attendees discussed how to connect with members who are not 'local' to the chapter. Ideas for connecting included using skype, teleconferencing and webinars. Chapters wondered if it was possible to share educational events across the country via webinar. Perhaps each chapter presents one webinar a month. Could increase membership and educational opportunities. Discussion also involved whether 'Dinner and Learn' events offered by medical companies are considered sponsored CACCN events and are we viewed as endorsing these events. The Board explained a Dinner/Lunch and Learn are generally not CACCN sponsored events, but may be offered/marketed to our members provided there is an educational component. This is an excellent way to provide education for your chapter members at little to no cost; however, chapters must be mindful that they are not viewed as 'endorsing' a company or their products. Any questions about these events may be directed to National Office.

Montreal Chapter for the third year in a row was the recipient of the Draeger Medical Canada / CACCN Chapter of the Year Award! Honourable mention was provided to the Manitoba, New Brunswick and Toronto Chapters, who also had impressive chapter of the year applications.

At the end of the day, the Board collected the World Cafe passports and drew for the following prizes: Dynamics 2017 Full Tuition Coupon--Catherine MacIntyre (Southern Alberta Chapter); Complimentary Membership Renewals--Evelyne Dufresne (Montreal Chapter), Ryanna Salvador (Vancouver Island Chapter) and Brandi VanderspankWright (Ottawa Region Chapter).

The day passed quickly as everyone was actively engaged in the learning and sharing. Chapter Connections Day 2016 was productive and a wonderful kick-off to what was a wonderful conference.

Thank you to our Chapter Leaders in attendance, and those who were unable to attend for your participation with CACCN. We appreciate all that you do for your chapter and our membership.

Christine R. Halfkenny-Zellas, CIM Chief Operating Officer
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Author:Halfkenny-Zellas, Christine R.
Publication:The Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Dec 22, 2016
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