Hello and welcome!

Whether you are an existing CRPA member, a non-member working in the field of radiation protection, or you are looking for information on radiation safety, I would like to welcome you to the CRPA website. We strive to ensure the safe use of radiation by providing scientific knowledge, education, expertise and policy guidance for radiation protection. I hope you are able to find what you are looking for – and if not, feel free to contact us anytime.

Welcome back to a new year of CRPA business! It is with renewed enthusiasm that I humbly take on my duties as new president of the association. Having spent the past four years on the board, including one term as director some years ago, I have witnessed a lot of progress in the way our association is run.

The recent strategic plan, along with clearer financial tracking of assets and expenses has helped us to better focus our efforts. My goals for this year will be to carry on the good work that has been started by continuing to promote our association and providing our membership with the best value we can offer, while remaining transparent in the way we operate.

As we continue working through our strategic plan goals until 2019, we have a few recent initiatives to bring to you: The Board of Directors would like to start a list of volunteers from which we can periodically select individuals to help with various projects. Please tell us what you’d like to help with, and how best to contact you. In addition, for those of you who were present at the AGM, a new “Dose & Image” group is being formed to help strengthen our connections within the medical community. Helping to connect our association with X-ray radiation safety officers from hospitals and private clinics, medical physicists specialized in medical imaging, radiology technologists, radiologists, and biomedical engineers.

We have also been looking at potential collaborations with various other organizations with common interests, in order to spread our wings and help put our name out there. The promotion of our association is important for long-term sustainability. Making the most use of our social media, as well as the upcoming move to our eBulletin are also key players in this regard. Despite these endeavours, we are always looking for additional ways to promote the association, so any marketing-savvy members out there – we want to hear from you! All ideas are welcome.

I also encourage you to contact us about participating in working groups and committees, or simply sign-up on our list of volunteers if you don’t have time to be part of a CRPA committee (even then, you won’t be expected to constantly do work – the need for help usually comes sporadically in intense short bursts). The bigger this list gets, the less amount of work each person will be tasked with in order to complete the much needed work. So, don’t be shy and tell us what’s on your mind. We’d love to hear from you. Together, we can make this an amazingly productive year!

On this note, I leave you with a challenge – even if you can’t participate or volunteer your time in any other way:

  • You must CRPA Share one event this year. As demonstrated during the Saskatoon conference, it will take about three minutes of your time for the benefit of everyone.