OAVT 2019 Director Election

The OAVT Director Election has now begun.

The election takes place online from Friday, February 1st until February 14th at 5pm. 

Voting members of the OAVT (RVTs and RVTr members) can CLICK THIS LINK to go directly to the Forms page in their account (you will still be prompted to login). Then simply select the VOTE: OAVT 2019 Board of Directors Election form. 

While there are six Board members whose terms are ending, there are only 5 seats up for election to comply with Bylaw #4.4.4 which states, "In odd numbered years five Directors shall be elected; in even numbered years four Directors shall be elected."

There are nine RVTs seeking election, including one Director who is seeking re-election. The nine nominees are listed below (in alphabetical order, based on last name).

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Learn More About the Nominees

Taryn Ghazarian, RVT, KPA-CTP

How would you contribute to successfully meeting the objectives and goals of the OAVT as a Director of the Association?

In my short time as a registered veterinary technician I have experienced many of the facets in the world of veterinary medicine, including but not limited to wildlife, small animal, and shelter medicine. I believe this knowledge and experience I have gained will help me to be the voice for all registered veterinary technicians regardless of their chosen career path.

It is my goal to continue to enhance the welfare and health of animals both domestic and wild. I believe my knowledge in animal behaviour can be a great asset in doing just that. The mental health of animals can be just as important as physical health.

To read more of Taryn's nomination package information, click here.


Katelyn Kittel, RVT

How would you contribute to successfully meeting the objectives and goals of the OAVT as a Director of the Association?

The profession of being a RVT is very diverse. After 4 years with this title I would be able to contribute an insight to what it is like working in a small animal general practice in rural Ontario. There are many differences between working in a small community animal clinic to a big city veterinary hospital and I would be able to offer what I know about being one of the 'little guys'. Recently I got a taste of what it is like to be a part of a professional committee with the Grey Bruce Veterinary Association as the first RVT on the 2018 Conference Board. I was able to get a behind the scenes view of a conference by organizing registration and overseeing the RVT track of the conference. I'd like to not only bring my rural practical experience to the OAVT but the insight from being a Director of the Association back to my roots in Grey Bruce.

To read more of Katelyn's nomination package information, click here.


Cally Merritt RVT, CEMT

*Current Director & OAVT Vice President

How would you contribute to successfully meeting the objectives and goals of the OAVT as a Director of the Association?

I would continue to advocate on behalf of RVTs with the CVO, Government relations and other Stakeholder groups to advance our profession further, seek the recognition we deserve, and fight for a fair wage for our skill sets.

I will also continue to enhance public knowledge of who RVTs are and what we really do to further strengthen our position with the Government and Stakeholders.

My experience with the various groups through the committees that I currently and have worked on in the past, give me a history and knowledge to further build upon these relationships. Having worked in a variety of settings also allows me to provide insight on how changes will impact a broad group of RVTs to ensure everyone's needs are met and not just a select few.

To read more of Cally's nomination package information, click here.


Phil Nichols RVT, CAWA

How would you contribute to successfully meeting the objectives and goals of the OAVT as a Director of the Association?

As a member of the board of the OAVT I would bring with me the knowledge and experience I have developed over the past 8 years.

Having served on multiple committee's I have the skill set to help keep things moving forward, navigating the politics that can sometimes hamper progress and keep everyone from accomplishing their collective goals.

Experienced with strategic planning and project management I will actively work to ensure the OAVT is doing everything possible to help advance and standardize the role of the RVT profession within the field of animal welfare.

To read more of Phil's nomination package information, click here.


Jessica O'Neill, RVT

How would you contribute to successfully meeting the objectives and goals of the OAVT as a Director of the Association?

I see the objectives of organization as:

1. HELPING (to direct the Mission and Vision Statement and Association goals),

2. PROTECTING (the interest of the public) and

3. COMMUNICATING (to the internal ED and Registrar as well as key stakeholders).

With these three objectives in mind, I know that I will be a meaningful Director, as I leverage my 17 years of hands-on experience in clinic, my formal education and my passion for the highest care of both animals and owners.

I am willing and motivated to speak about the profession and the roles and tasks of R.V.T.s. I would leverage my experience as a solid resource for R.V.T.s to come to voice their opinions for consideration at the Board level.

To read more of Jessica's nomination package information, click here.


Lisa Skentelbery, RVT

How would you contribute to successfully meeting the objectives and goals of the OAVT as a Director of the Association?

My enthusiasm and passion for veterinary technicians would be an asset as I would hope to bring fresh ideas to the discussions around the profession as we move forward.

I have lots of administrative and committee experience outside of work as well: as a long-time member of Scouts Canada I helped to organize events and chaired several bodies within that organization. Most recently served as the President of Kemptville Women in Business for 3 years.

To read more of Lisa's nomination package information, click here.


Amy Soccini, RVT

How would you contribute to successfully meeting the objectives and goals of the OAVT as a Director of the Association?

I believe that I can add to the OAVT in that I would continue to promote our profession, and assist our members as needed as much as possible to help further our profession. I am willing to work hard, and would love the opportunity to contribute in any way that I can to that end. I have always been an advocate for the OAVT and Registered Veterinary Technicians, and helping to make our patients lives better, and by extension, our clients lives happier. It would be a great honour to contribute in my own small way to help the OAVT maintain and further the Registered Veterinary Technician profession.

To read more of Amy's nomination package information, click here.


Andrea M. Steele, MSc, RVT, VTS(ECC)

How would you contribute to successfully meeting the objectives and goals of the OAVT as a Director of the Association?

The OAVT's Mission is to "Define a legislated scope of practice for RVTs as regulated professionals and respected animal healthcare providers to promote team excellence". I have served on the CVO-OAVT Scope of Practice Committee and have a very first-hand view of the relationship that the OAVT has built with the CVO and their members. Through many very successful endeavours, the OAVT has gained many accolades in their continued efforts to highlight the role of the RVT, and to educate the public. As many of the organizations I have been involved in are based in the United States, I am amazed at how often I hear veterinary technician leaders cite the efforts of the OAVT when they are addressing their own challenges within their state. The OAVT has become an example of how policies should be changed, and how RVTs should be recognized as a profession.

Similarly, AVECCT, another passion of mine, is a growing organization that is the first, and largest of the VTS Academies, and has paved the way for all of the other VTS Academies that have followed. I became involved with AVECCT as Examination Chair, shortly after becoming a VTS(ECC). Since then, in various committee and Board roles, I have helped to streamline the application process, examination and recertification procedures through introduction of online forms and online payments, and a new website. In 2018, we offered our first computerized examination, a first of any of the Academies.

I feel I am well suited to contribute to meeting the goals of the OAVT with my past Board experience, my lectures and writing which promote education and promotion of RVTs, my experience with other organizations such as RVTTC, NAVTA, AVECCT, and VECCS.

To read more of Andrea's nomination package information, click here.


Jodi Stolowski, RVT

How would you contribute to successfully meeting the objectives and goals of the OAVT as a Director of the Association?

I am a good listener and aspire to obtain resolves to areas of concern as they arise. I am not fully aware of all the responsibilities of a role of this nature; however, my passion to join the association will make me an asset to the organization. I am open to feedback from others that have the experience and knowledge and would be honored to learn from my peers in this setting.

To read more of Jodi's nomination package information, click here.

 

 

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