Welcome to our new Council Members as of February 5th, 2021
Teresa Blimkie - President
I have been a member of CHAPA since 1999, graduating from MacEwan June of 2000. I have maintained membership with HIS and NBCHIS since becoming a member and am a member of CHIPS as well. I took part in the initial set up of the Continuing competence program that the Alberta government support to ensure all Colleges had a CCP program in place. In 2008 I became the first CCP chairperson helping to set the initial guidelines for the program. In 2012 I was elected to the position of Vice President and served in this position until 2014 when I took over the position of President until the next election. 2015 I was elected President and served in this position for 3 years, then moving to past president for 1 year. Currently I serve as the registration committee chair. I am a member of the symposium planning committee. I assist when called upon on the CCP committee. During my membership with CHAPA I have witnessed a lot of positive growth and development, and look forward to being able to bring my previous years of experience on council back to the council table as we continue to grow and evolve as one of the most recognized Hearing Practitioner Colleges in Canada. Thank you for your consideration in allowing me the privilege to serve as President of CHAPA for the upcoming 3 years.
Jonica Willett - Councillor at large
Jonica is a passionate and dedicated clinician who graduated from Grant MacEwan in 2015. She was born and raised in Alberta, started her career in Lethbridge before moving to Yorkton Saskatchewan . She has recently moved back to Alberta after working in Saskatchewan for 4 years. While in Saskatchewan Jonica became the President of SHIPS, the SK CHIPS Director, as well worked with a team that organized the SK Hearing Conference for the last 4 years. Currently she is still working with the CHIPS board as the treasure, and transitioning out of the SHIPS President roll. Jonica loves helping clients hear better, and continuing to help the hearing industry grow.
Katherine Sherwood - Councillor at Large
Firstly, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to become part of the council as a Councillor at Large. I am eager to offer my own distinct and unique set of skills to council. I have had the opportunity to work in both a large corporate clinic and small private clinics. While working in a private clinic I had the good fortune to purchase an established clinic of over 30 years in 2019. Being a clinician/owner in southern Alberta has provided a new set of skills and has given me the opportunity to see other sides of the hearing and health industry. Although newer to the industry I believe my fresh perspective will be an asset.
Katherine Sherwood RHAP
Stay well and healthy!
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