After another amazing and truly inspiring CSSE Professional Development Conference (PDC), Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, couldn’t wait to tell us all about it.
“The entrance to Vancouver’s beautiful Stanley Park looked stunning from my hotel room window every morning. I imagine many people wouldn’t understand why I only managed to walk around the parks harbour wall once, but my time was limited thanks to the fantastic sessions planned by this year’s PDC planning committee. The content of these sessions were so engaging that it was really difficult to decide which of the 40+ to attend.
“Being at the CSSE PDC has been an integral part of my year since I first attended in 2008. Many people know the significance of that week in Quebec City on my Hundred Acre world and this last year’s visit, my 9th PDC, has also been exceptional. There are so many highlights to recall and it’s going to take quite a time to reflect and ponder all I have heard and learnt over the last few days.
“This is my profession, and I spend my life striving to work harder to make a safe place for everyone. Attending conferences, especially the CSSE PDCs, are a time for focused learning and professional development. The world in which we all work is continually evolving and as a safety practitioner, I need to keep learning and evolving too.
“This year there were so many people to learn from. We heard from an authority on memory techniques, an award winning explorer, a NASA astronaut, a TV dragon and an adventure racer. I also attended presentations from an array of Canadian and worldwide safety professionals, all of which resonated with me, so in all honesty, I’m feeling somewhat overwhelmed.
“The theme of this year’s conference was Navigating the Future of OH&S, and the picture above of our boat setting off for the BCRSP’s 40th anniversary cruise perfectly shows a part of that journey. It was a wonderful event that gave plenty of opportunity for networking and celebrating as we cruised around Stanley Park and English Bay as the sun set.
The final PDC keynote was from David Chilton, a former dragon from Canada’s Dragons Den. David told us that many people should cheer up and remember to live life being happy, and to stop complaining. He’s right; I certainly can’t complain after such an amazing few days.
Although saying goodbye to my CSSE family once again was hard, I feel truly blessed that I was able to share time with them all, learning, laughing and celebrating our profession.
September 2016 has been an incredible month and there’s so much to be thankful for! A very big thank you Vancouver, CSSE and your planning committee, to BCRSP and your planning committee too, and to so many friends, old and new. The dates for PDC 2017 are already in my diary and I will see you all in twelve months in Nova Scotia. As I write this I am struggling to imagine how you can top Vancouver 2016, though having experienced the hospitality of Halifax before, I have a feeling you just might. xx”
Remember, safety is not a final destination, it’s a continuous journey. If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you with your health and safety requirements, please don’t hesitate to call us on +44 (0) 1933 201103 or contact us via our contact page.