ACORN WINTER 2018 JOURNAL President's message
Sarah Bird 2016–2018 President’s report
As outgoing president, I would like to say a huge and grateful thank you to the tremendous hard-working volunteer directors who in the past 18 months have worked so hard to achieve so much. It has been a privilege to work with you all. I know many are staying on to continue their contributions to the College and I know that this new work will continue at a high standard. Many thanks to the staff at ACORN for their support behind the scenes. They pick up new requests and project concepts from the board and assist us to ensure that the ideas happen. Under the hard-working dynamic guidance of Wendy Rowland, our Executive Officer, we have achieved many new services for our members in the past 18 months. I personally thank Wendy for her professionalism and hard work while I have been president. I would also like to thank the members who continue to be active in their local associations, who continue to want to learn and ensure we uphold safe clinical practices to provide all our patients with the best surgical outcome. I am leaving the ACORN board to take on the role of secretary of the International Federation of Perioperative Nurses (IFPN), an organisation who has had and continues to have close ties with ACORN. I leave you with the words of Nelson Mandela – ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’.
REBECCA EAST 2018–2020 President’s report
What an honour it is to be writing my first president’s report. I cannot begin to share how grateful I am to be elected by my colleagues to represent our members. The college has seen some influential presidents serve and continue to lead in the perioperative arena. I wish to congratulate Sarah Bird on a very well-served term and wish her all the best with her next opportunity as International Federation of Perioperative Nurses (IFPN) secretary. Sarah will continue to do great work for our specialty. I am very lucky to be serving with a number of 2016–2018 directors who have remained on the board for the 2018–2020 term and I’m delighted to have the new directors join us. The incoming board are very keen to continue the great work of the 2016–2018 board and with the continuity provided by the directors who are serving an additional term I feel we have a good start to our two-year term. Each director brings their own individual qualities that will provide the college with some great leadership. What we all have in common, however, is a commitment to serving the members and representing our country well. In the words of John Quincy Adams: ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader’. My dream is that at the end of our 2018–2020 term, the Board of Directors and I will have lead our college well and inspired ACORN members to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.
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