Our holiday message is traditionally filled with pleasant wishes for the festive season, but since so much about this year has been anything but traditional we thought we’d leave the sugar-coating for where it makes sense – on your holiday treats. Let’s be honest, 2020 was not the year we expected it to be, in fact, many might say it was filled with wallop. The upside (if there is one), is that we’ve seen a lot more of each other – and by that we mean – we’ve seen each other’s homes, dogs, cats, significant others, children, and yes, maybe even the neighbourhood UPS delivery-person; so in some ways 2020 has brought us closer, whether we’ve realized it or not.

On behalf of the Council and staff at ASTTBC, we recognize your resiliency – as essential service workers you have not only accommodated change, but you’ve also welcomed it, which is no easy feat, especially with so much uncertainty. Your dedication and commitment to your work continues to make a difference and personifies the ASTTBC values of Professionalism, Integrity, Innovation and Passion.

As 2020 comes to a close, we’d like to share a few highlights of our achievements for this year.

  • ASTTBC Council training included Indigenous Awareness Strengthening, and a review of Council mandate and governance commitments, in webinar formats.
  • ASTTBC supported the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Youth Tech program designed to improve access into RFPT, CSO and RULT with certification underway.
  • Through a research project ASTTBC created a matrix for employers that list different technical work based on a person’s differing ability (disability).
  • A website update resulted in easier access to professional practice resources and a professional practice area was added in the registrant portal.
  • ASTTBC delivered presentations to students at several post-secondary schools.
  • ASTTBC hosted its first ever virtual AGM and Conference which not only garnered participation across British Columbia, but also across Canada.
  • ASTTBC conducted its first election of registrant Councillors.
  • The Advancing Women in Engineering and Technology project continues to advance despite its shift to an online only platform.
  • ASTTBC created its first infographic that illustrates the many disciplines of ASTTBC registrants and supports others to better understand their important work and role in public safety.
  • In partnership with Science World, ASTTBC sponsored the Girls in STEAM event.
  • Efforts to support registrants in better understanding the Professional Governance Act (PGA) were underway in several ways: webinars, website and Connect articles, and social media.
  • A national information website portal and gateway to registration processing was designed in consultation with all technology professional associations as a major part of the Expediting Technology Professionals Labour Market Integration (ETPLMI) project.
  • ASTTBC conducted a randomized audit of registrants logging their CPD and are pleased to see a definite increase in this area across all disciplines and specialties.

We are proud of the ongoing efforts of our Council and staff that persevered to achieve the above items and thank our registrants and volunteers – you make ASTTBC an organization that we are proud to lead!

Please note, ASTTBC will close operations on December 24, 2020 and resume on January 4, 2021.

Best wishes & stay safe!

Season’s greetings,

Theresa McCurry, BSc, PMP          Sarah Campden, CTech, RTMgr
Chief Executive Officer                  President