Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 4 2018 - Page 14

INTRODUCING I am confident that open communication with both the public and the profession about this approach will address some misperceptions about the role of the College. Over your career, you've had a number of different roles. Is there a particular role that you have most enjoyed? A: I believe that I am a mosaic of all the roles. As a clinician, I became grounded in the reali- ties of the patient experience and the challeng- es of the health-care system that we, as physi- cians, deal with each day. As an educator, I am encouraged by the new genera- tions of doctors that are joining us as colleagues, but am cogni- zant of the issues they will face in As a clinician, I keeping current and maintaining altruism. As a hospital adminis- became grounded in trator, I became familiar with the the realities of the struggles of trying to coordinate patient experience and various parts of the system with constrained resources. In my the challenges of the new role as President, I hope to health-care system reflect these perspectives to my colleagues on Council so that we can make decisions that keep the public trust by ensuring they are being cared for by the highest quality of physicians. You will be leading the development of the new strategic plan. What will be key in developing the best plan? A: Our strategic plan must strive to find the balance between inspired aspirations and reality-based implementation. It will be cru- cial to have broad stakeholder consultation, including physicians and the public. The chal- lenge, of course, will be ensuring that the full spectrum of the College’s responsibilities are well understood. Because I don’t think they currently are. 14 DIALOGUE ISSUE 4, 2018 Why is it so important that we be proactive in recommending and implementing governance change? A: I think the writing is on the wall. There is a move to modernize governance models, in- cluding health regulatory bodies. Certainly, we have seen it happen in the United Kingdom. And I think a real danger exists if we stand on the sidelines and simply watch changes unfold without our input or participation. And while we may have some uncomfortable conversations now, it is much better that we are involved earlier, when we can proactively influence the process of change. Ultimately, it will be up to the government to establish a framework, through legisla- tion, for governance of the health regulatory bodies. But we have extensive experience that can help inform those decisions. What are your life’s other passions? A: I have two daughters who are beginning their professional careers, one as a project manager in health informatics, the other as a primary school French teacher. I hope to pro- vide support and guidance to them. I am very engaged as a volunteer community events photographer, both for the Estonian community and for events happening in the Mississauga area. Capturing unique images is a gratifying activity, especially when those photos can be shared with the subjects and the community. Do you have a favourite photo? A: Twenty-five years ago, I captured the mo- ment my then 3-year-old saw her newborn sister for the first time. That instant was a spe- cial one for our family and our older daughter’s smile of wonderment still amuses us to this day. MD