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While I wish this sentiment meant I was in Hawaii (which I sadly am not), it still seems to fit my final President's Message as I say both Hello & Good Bye!

I stepped into this role in the summer of 2021 shortly before Wave 4, the Delta variant wave, hit Alberta. I don't need to recap that time for anyone reading this message, but rather am happy to be writing this final message during a more normative time for the healthcare system.

Congratulations to all that have now gone live with Connect Care/ SPM throughout the province, and good luck to those preparing for Wave 7! Please know that some of your stress will ease immediately with Go Live, but most of your stress or concerns are valid so keep advocating and asking questions!

Over the past 6 months there has been communication from ORNAC as they explore the bylaws related to membership versus associate membership. An exciting time for many who have been advocating for change for the past few years. ORNAA has also been reviewing and exploring our current structure and offerings to members to ensure that we have proper support and adequate offerings to ensure there is value in maintaining membership. Thank you to all who completed the survey sent out this spring!

A reminder that ORNAA members have access to all education sessions offered by any of the districts within the province as well as webinars offered by ORNAC. These educational opportunities are great for personal growth, but also allow you to have access to educational funding for events that have costs associated.

The ORNAC Conference in Quebec City was fantastic! There was an amazing feeling to walk into a room and seeing 300 colleagues from across Canada who are equally eager to learn, network and bring home ideas for change. It was something that many of us were missing during the past years and I personally can't wait until the 2025 National Conference to be held here in Calgary, Alberta!

Final thoughts: I want to say thank you to the ORNAA Provincial Executive Board Members for 2021-present. This board has been made up of a handful of passionate perioperative nurses who have been an amazing source of OR knowledge, educational session organisers and invaluable networking contacts. I was humbled to take over this role from Randi Galenzoski after her strong term was up, and I now happily pass the reigns to Jill Clark who is eagerly waiting to put her mark on this organization and will be a brilliant leader for our organization.

Thank you, members, for your ongoing support and engagement with ORNAA. Have a great summer and stay safe!

Bryana Hahn, RN BN
ORNAA President 2021-2023
ORNAA Past President June 2023-2025

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