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What's in a Name?

By MarieRyan, Monday, 30th September 2013 | 0 comments

What's in a name?  That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet... right?  Well in the case of the EHOA, not quite.  In actual fact, the EHOA is no more. 

At the EGM of the 4th of July this year, a motion was passed to change the name of our association from the Environmental Health Officers Association to the Environmental health Association Ireland.  So let's get used to saying it.  The EHAI is here to stay. 

The reasons for this are threefold:

Firstly, adding the 'of Ireland' to our Association name makes sense because we operate in an international context as one association in a global federation of environmental health associations - the IFEH.  We're one of the founding members of the IFEH, a fact of which we can be justly proud, and have always had a contribution that belies our relative size.  In terms of our standing nationally, it also underlines our role as the primary environmental health body in Ireland.

Secondly, like any slightly dysfunctional family, the environmental health family has spawned a diverse membership over recent years.  The EHAI family now work in an industry with a variety of job titles.  Dropping the term 'Officers' recognises this development and explicitly acknowledges these colleagues and members.

Thirdly, and most crucially,. when the EHOA gained our registered charity status, we amended our Main and Subsidiary Objects and these are our legal obligations as a Registered Charity and Company.  In doing so we made a conscious decision to put the benefit  to the public at the centre of our mission.  This change was not taken lightly nor was it taken to simply gain favourable taxation status.  This element of the proposed name change reflects that change in emphasis. 

Notwithstanding these points, for administrative reasons, the EHAI will trade also as the EHOA while the transition continues. 

And so now we can see... it all makes sense.  The name change we feel, is a positive, progressive step.  THE EHAI is an association to be proud of.  Make way folks - the EHAI is here to stay!



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