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In my first year as President of OPPI, I have had the opportunity to meet and chat with so many members, and learn about their commitment to our organization through their volunteer work.
I have also had the great honour of leading and representing OPPI wherever I go across Ontario. I know first-hand, all of you, Ontario's Registered Professional Planners, are the experts our elected officials, stakeholders and the public look to, to help inform choices and inspire communities.
We are halfway through our INSPIRE OPPI Strategic Plan 2020. We have accomplished much, but we have an opportunity to refocus and chart a new path forward. When I think about our opportunity to refocus, two workds come to mind - resiliency and persistence. In my mind, they are essential ingredients to success for OPPI.
Resiliency is that quality that allows people and organizations to recover quickly from any challenges, and move forward positively. And persistence because OPPI continues to take a course of action, led by our Strategic Plan, that engages members and seeks opportunities to provide a benefit to you from our work.
Our Strategic Plan sets the stage for advancing our strategic agenda, and allows us to move forward with a renewed Public Affairs framework, an enhanced Learning Strategy, and the implementation of our communications strategy and stakeholder engagement framework.
Let me go through a few key items that have guided the work we have completed in 2018:
Everything OPPI does is not done by one person, or a small group of people. Everything we do cannot be done without the help of our staff and volunteers, including OPPI Council and District Leadership Teams, all of our OPPI Committees and Task Forces, volunteers at District events and writing policy submissions, and so many more!
While the theme of my message is refocusing, resiliency and persistence, there is one area that will never change - that is our focus on our members.
Thank you for your hard work throughout the year, and for your support in the work OPPI does.
Jason Ferrigan, RPP
President, Ontario Professional Planners Institute