February 6 marks the 98th anniversary of the founding of the Professional Institute in 1920.
As we reflect on our history, we can be proud of our achievements: our pay equity victories, the socially progressive family leave package which improved maternity, paternity and adoption leaves; pay plans for incumbent-based work of scientists; career development packages for maintenance and enhancement of professional qualifications; and the dental, health and workforce reduction plans over the past decades.
We are the people who do the things that matter to all Canadians – we look after our water quality and our national food supply; inspect our children’s toys; supervise our financial institutions and pension plans; provide severe weather warnings; and ensure that the government has the money it needs to keep the programs we have come to consider part of our national identity from disappearing. These are only some of the tasks Institute members perform every day to safeguard the well-being and security of our fellow citizens.
As we look back on these first 98 years, we can be justifiably proud of the commitment and determination that PIPSC members have always shown in overcoming the numerous obstacles that have confronted them over the years. As it enters its 99th year, the Institute will continue to stand up for its members, to do everything in its power to protect their hard-earned rights, and to ensure that their valuable contributions are recognized by their respective employers and appreciated by Canadians from coast-to-coast.
We’ve come a long way since 1920, in large part because we have stood together through challenging times. Let us take pride in our accomplishments and be encouraged to face the challenges of the future with renewed energy and commitment.