This year’s World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS) Conference was the most constructive, inspiring week any of our delegates had ever experienced. There were huge milestones passed and achievements that promise big things for the WCCS and the chiropractic profession.
As per usual the NZCC-WCCS delegation did not go unnoticed; guiding what was a year of mostly new delegates from around the world through a process none of us will forget.
Ali Schwarz (2nd year), Cameron Allen (2nd year), Katie Marten (4th year), Shira
Michaeli (3rd year) and Tara Dennis (2nd year) were selected to represent the
New Zealand College of Chiropractic at this consciousness-changing event.
With Katie as head delegate, the dedicated team of five were inspiring,
purposeful and made an indelible impact on not only their fellow delegates
but also on the work carried out during the week.
The NZCC delegation provided their crucial perspective on all topics discussed; both knowledgeable on the floor and uniquely in-tune with the wider WCCS vision.
What became most apparent throughout the week was in a room of 23 schools from around the world, consisting of 105 delegates, vitalism is by far no longer the minority. It was duly noted that in light of this we must, as a group, be sure not to
alienate others who are less likely to embrace the vitalistic approach.
Another resounding fact noted from
other regions of the world was how much of a powerhouse the Western Pacific
Region is. The region consisted of NZCC, Macquarie University (Sydney), Murdoch
University (Perth), University of Central Queensland (MacKay) and Tokyo
Chiropractic College (Japan). Much of this can be attributed to past Board of Directors (BoD) Dr Timothy Jack (NZCC) who started monthly Skype calls in the
region and Shayne Will (NZCC) who has lead the Western Pacific Region over the
Someone of particular affection for NZCC-WCCS Delegation 2012 is Dr Sharni Meyer (Macquarie University) of the current BoD who is making incredible waves – You will no doubt hear more of her in the up-coming future.
As for achievements this year, we voted in our new infrastructure which for example, allows us conduct our research survey under the appropriate course of action through our organisation. We also established a Marketing Committee within this infrastructure which, when in full affect, will mean more focus on how powerful we can be and less focus on having to raise funds. We changed our policy for our online presence, discussed autonomy and set to apply documentation to ensure this.
Finally, the Congress elected a convenor to host in 2014. Congress 2014 will be hosted in Malaga, Spain in a joined effort by The Barcelona College of Chiropractic (BCC) and Real Centro Universitario Escorial Maria Cristina (RCU).
The future of the WCCS is in great hands. The NZCC Chapter is looking forward to the Congress in April next year in Durban, South Africa and for Spain in 2014. We are excited about continuing our legacy as one of the hardest working and most inspiring delegations at Congress.