ODFSA President’s Message
It is with great enthusiasm that I accept the position of ODFSA President for 2016-2017.
The mandate of the ODFSA is to promote funeral excellence through a network of funeral care professionals. The Ottawa District Funeral Service Association works closely with the Bereavement Authority of Ontario to help ensure that the high standards of funeral services, for the people of Ontario, are met.
You will notice that our mandate mentions “a network of funeral care professionals”. This verbiage was specifically chosen because we want the ODFSA to be an inclusive organization, rather than an exclusive one. All funeral care professionals will be invited to join and participate in the ODFSA whether you are: family owned or corporate; a funeral home, a cemetery, a transfer service or a supplier.
Although many similar associations have disappeared from the landscape and we ourselves are also struggling to stay relevant, we have the opportunity to reinvent ourselves and become a strong and viable association.
Our Board of Management would encourage all funeral care professionals to subscribe or renew their memberships in the ODFSA for 2017 and add your voice to our common chorus. It is only with a common voice that we can lobby stakeholders in order to bring about positive change within our industry. One of the Board of Management’s main goals over the next term(s) of office is to renegotiate the City of Ottawa Social Service Pricing Structure. This can only be accomplished by a large and united ODFSA.
Our Board of Management is also committed to increasing our online presence, implementing effective succession planning within the executive, and increased networking / co-operation between member through the following meeting schedule:
· Social Gathering - February 2016
· Educational Meeting - May 2016
· Social Gathering - August 2016
· Educational / AGM - November 2016
*Dates, Times and Locations of the above meetings will be made available on the ODFSA Website and Facebook Page once they are confirmed.*