Are you a member of the Diabetes Educator Section (DES)? Do you want to make a significant contribution to diabetes education in Canada? Would you like to become more involved with the work the Canadian Diabetes Association does?

Check out the following DES National Volunteer Positions that are available:

  • DES National Executive
  • Diabetes Educator Section Delegate for the National Annual General Meeting (DES Delegate for the NAGM)
  • National Advocacy Council  Diabetes Educator Section Liaison (NAC-DES Liaison)
  • Diabetes Educator Section (DES) Conference Co-Chair

Please submit your application or nominate your colleague today!

DES National Executive

The DES is a multidisciplinary professional section of the CDA that leads, advocates for and supports excellence in diabetes education for health-care professionals and people living with diabetes.

The DES National Executive, a group of eight senior-level diabetes educators that represent and promote diabetes education across Canada. As a member of the Executive you will:

  • Be involved in strategic planning;
  • Address issues that impact the membership and diabetes education across Canada; and,
  • Be a source of expertise on diabetes education for CDA and other organizations.

The DES National Executive is calling for nominations for TWO positions for three year terms to take effect in the Fall of 2014:

  1. Director of Professional Development, 3 year term
  2. Director of Marketing, 3 year term

The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2014.

To submit your nomination, please complete the Nominations Form. If you have any questions, please contact professional.membership@diabetes.ca or by phone at 416-408-7082.

2014 Nominations Committee

Jan Cochrane, Chair
Michelle Corcoran, Representative, DES Executive
Molly Dunbar, Representative, East Coast Nominations Committee
Sharleen Herrmann, Representative, West Coast Nominations Committee

DES Delegates for the NAGM

In February 2013, the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) met the requirement for the new Not for Profit Corporation Act. Due to this change, the National Annual General Meeting (NAGM) of the Association will no longer take place in conjunction with the CDA/CSEM Professional Conference and Annual Meetings.

The change that has occurred requires members of the Diabetes Educator Section (DES) to nominate fellow members who would then go through an election process. As a professional section of the CDA, the DES is entitled to 5 delegate members who must attend the NAGM or Special General Meeting (SGM) and vote on issues of the organization.

During the election process, the membership will choose which of the nominees should represent the DES for one year at the NAGM or SGM.  In the past, DES voting delegates were chosen by the Executive.

The deadline to apply for a DES Delegate is May 1, 2014.

For more information on requirements and to complete the application form, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact professional.membership@diabetes.ca or by phone at 416-408-7082.

NAC-DES Liaison

Diabetes Educator Section (DES) Mission

The Diabetes Educator Section (DES), a multi-disciplinary professional section of the Canadian Diabetes Association, will provide Diabetes Educators and other health-care professionals with the knowledge for prevention, early identification and optimal management of diabetes through professional education, accessible support and consultation, advocacy and research.

The DES is the professional organization that is committed to providing excellence in diabetes education for health-care professionals interested in diabetes care, and to people affected by diabetes.

National Advocacy Council (NAC) Goals

  • Advises the Executive Director, Government Relations and Public Affairs on the use of political and public affairs strategies that will help achieve the Association’s 5 year strategic advocacy plan.
  • Works with the Provincial Advocacy Committees and other internal and external bodies to ensure that proposed advocacy strategies and public policy statements are consistent with the strategic direction of the Association.
  • Leadership role in advocating the positions and policies of the Association to the public, governments, non-government organizations, and the media on behalf of the diabetes community in Canada.

The deadline to apply for NAC-DES Liaison is May 1, 2014.

For more information on requirements and to complete the application form, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact professional.membership@diabetes.ca or by phone at 416-408-7082.

DES Conference Co-Chair

The volunteer Conference Chairperson(s) are appointed by either the DES/C&SS/CSEM Executive respectively. Their main role is to coordinate the Conference Program and work with the Manager, National Meeting and Conference Services to ensure all Conference Planning elements are completed.

Requirements:
  • Must be a member in good standing for two years with the Canadian Diabetes Association/Diabetes Educator Section (CDA/DES)
  • Must have a minimum of two years of experience sitting on the Conference Planning Committee (CDA/CSEM)

The deadline to apply for DES Conference Co-Chair is May 1, 2014.

For more information on the job description, please click here

If you are interested in applying, click here

If you have any questions, please contact professional.membership@diabetes.ca or by phone at 416-408-7082.

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