We had a very productive and informative meeting of the CCOHS Council of Governors last week. Held at our offices here in Hamilton, it was our first meeting under our new Chair, Kin Choi. We also welcomed three new Council members, Shelly Dauphinee from New Brunswick, Bill Reid from PEI and Shelley Rowan from Nova Scotia. Regrettably, we also said goodbye to three of our long-standing, devoted members: Jean Dalton from Arcelor Mittal; Stuart MacLean from Nova Scotia; and, Nancy Hutchinson from the OFL, who each served two terms on our Council. Their contributions to the success of our organization are greatly appreciated, and they will be sorely missed.
The meeting is as much an occasion for CCOHS to “put its best foot forward” and showcase our organization’s accomplishments, as it is to discuss our challenges moving forward. It is an opportunity to look outwards and talk about our future and share our visions within a forum of differing perspectives, but common goals.
It is also our opportunity to listen: to understand the changes that the provinces, industry and labour are undertaking and how they will shape our environment. I believe CCOHS’s role is to turn their challenges to our opportunities.
There were also a number of positive initiatives in the provinces and sharing of best practices during roundtable discussions that will benefit all.
CCOHS is fortunate to have such a reservoir of knowledge to draw from and I am confident our organization’s future is bright.