As 2010 draws to a close, the holiday season gives us time to reflect on the progress the FI Community has made over the past year.

We have a lot to be thankful for. We’ve made significant strides in our Pay Equity filing, as well as training and development opportunities for new FIs.  Senior government institutions are recognizing the valuable role that our members play in the operation, delivery, and oversight of public services.

Be proud of what you do.  You are one of the most educated and professionally qualified public servants employed by the federal government. As nations feel the impacts of economic uncertainty, Canada has been an example of fiscal management and accountability. The work that you do as an FI directly contributes to a financial management system admired the world over.

While we take pride in what we’ve accomplished together, challenges and opportunities lay ahead in 2011. We expect to finalize an overdue collective agreement for FIs in the public service, and we will continue to push for needed reforms to classification and professional development.

For now, though, it is time to take pause and share in the love of family and friends. The FI Community is truly blessed to live and work in a safe and prosperous country. Through contributions, both at work and outside, FIs are active members of our communities, ever grateful for the opportunities afforded to us.

As we share in the warmth and laughter of the holiday season, I encourage you all to take action, no matter how big or small, to make this time of year more joyous for those who are less fortunate.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at ACFO, I would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming year.

Milt Isaacs, CMA

ACFO President