Happy New Year!
For those who don't know me, my name is Sonia Maragoni, I am a wife, a
mom, a podiatric practitioner, and in my extra spare time I volunteer
as the president of the Ontario Society of Chiropodists
I thought I would write this as I reflect back on 2016 and what I see for the future in 2017 for the OSC.
First I want to say a BIG thank you to all of the Board of Directors who
have been dedicating their free time and passion to the profession. We
welcome any of you wishing to get involved and giving back to the
profession by volunteering with the OSC and appreciate your continued
support by renewing your membership.
In 2016 the OSC hired a new association management firm and even though
we may have had a few bumps in the transition, we continue to be
impressed with Carol Ford, the OSC manager, on her skills to help
increase the efficiency of the OSC.
We have also launched the new website, which allows the public to find a
local practitioner. The website also features a members site separate
from the public site.
We have actively met with many MPPs as well as senior policy
advisors with the Premier and Minister of Health to advocate for the
change to the podiatric title, increased scope and controlled acts.
We have increased our continuing education events with 3 workshops and
one conference, to which over 350 practitioners attended.
We have also partnered with the practitioners in the public sector to help with the request of pay equity and evaluation.
We have introduced preferred partnership programs with Perkopolis, CAA and others.
We have created a mediation program to aid in dispute resolution between patients and practitioners.
Wow! It's been a busy year!
We are just so grateful for support we are receiving as we end the year with 265 OSC members!
The door is wide open and we are gladly welcoming new volunteers to join
the OSC, we want you to be involved! We have many items in our wish
list but need your help and will be hosting an information session in
the new year! If you are interested email me at email@example.com
Another goal this year will be to build bridges between the other
provincial and national associations to work on common goals like
promoting the profession during Foot Health Month, Insurance issues,
Foot Wounds & Diabetes.
We will continue to represent chiropodists' interests as we
attend meetings on your behalf with the Coalition of Regulated Health
Professional Associations, the College of Chiropodists and the Ministry
We also will be launching our new fee guide and coding with a unique practitioner stamp.
We have planned four workshops: acupuncture, how to set up an in-office
orthotics modification lab; a learn and play golf/spa day; as well as
surgical cadaver workshop and our annual conference scheduled for this
We will be exhibiting and educating physician, pharmacists, nurse
practitioners, nurses and other health care practitioners as we attend
the PriMed , CAWC, Canadian Diabetes, and Nurse Practitioner
2017 looks awesome! Please join us in welcoming the new year!
We wish you all healthy and happy new year everyone!
Yours in Health,
Sonia Maragoni, B.Sc. Podiatric Medicine, B.H.A., D.Ch.
Ontario Society of Chiropodists, President