IPSS held its annual business meeting and transfer of leadership as planned on Wednesday, 19 May. The meeting was held virtually again this year instead of the traditional in-person convening. Over 100 people from around the world attended the event to hear updates about the society’s accomplishments, financial strength, future plans and the transition of leadership.
2020 IPSS president, Lydia Lofton, focused on the year’s accomplishments including the gains made in increasing IPSS’s global and interprofessional reach. Lofton said, “2020 was a year of resilience, innovation and growth for IPSS. I am thankful to be able to say that we didn’t just survive the past year, but we thrived. We have initiated work together to move our strategic goals into action. We have strengthened the society by gaining new members, increasing renewals, and offering new education initiatives.”
She extended her thanks and gratitude to the Executive Committee, Board and emeritus leadership for their voluntary tireless efforts and hours in advancing society matters, rewarded only by the knowledge that we all care passionately about pediatric simulation. Treasurer Lillian Su provided the year-end financial report bringing awareness to the effects of COVID-19 on planned financial gains and expense areas to adjust as the year progresses.
Lofton issued a Presidential Citation recognizing the dedication and efforts of one of our leaders. Lillian Su has served as Treasurer during a tumultuous time. Lofton commented on her attention to detail and clear articulation of financial needs to the Board as well as her steadfast commitment to the Society.
Lydia then officially passed the presidency to Robbie Hales, a critical care pediatric respiratory therapist and nurse by background. In articulating plans for the coming year, Hales will continue building on the great work we started this year with a focus on adding value to our members and sustainable revenue streams. Now more than ever, she explained, we need to draw on all our resources, especially people, and use our collective intelligence, experience, and knowledge to adapt as things continue to change. She called on members of the society to get involved and answer the call for action as leadership works diligently to ensure the organization is solvent and thrives long into the future.
Hales then announced IPSS’ election results, and these new members were added to executive board and directors:
- Taylor Sawyer, President-Elect
- Travis Whitfil, Treasurer
- Newly-elected directors include: Brittany Dahlen, Kristen Glass, Elaine Ng and Trish Wood.
- Elected for a second term were: Isabel Gross and Khang Gee Han (trainee).
Hales concluded that she will continue to lead you virtually this year, however, there are opportunities to find connections within the IPSS community, to continue our growth, and to bring others on board during this time where we are physically apart. We are a small and mighty niche society…and we are a strong community of caring individuals. Being a member is valuable and ensuring all multidisciplinary views are heard enables a shared focus on our goals, providing an avenue for both collective learning and innovation. She encouraged members to connect through virtual forums and take steps to get involved because our support of each other through this community makes it what it is.