West Campus SACA officer honored for excellence in leadership
West Campus student Baljinder Gill received multiple honors at the annual National SACA (Student American Chiropractic Association) Fall Business Meeting, Oct. 6-7, hosted by Parker University in Dallas, Texas.
Gill received one of the Excellence in Leadership awards presented at the dinner banquet and also was named National SACA vice chair. The Excellence in Leadership award is selected each year by the SACA Committee chair, co-chairs, and advisers to “recognize student leaders who demonstrate great leadership on a national level.”
This marks the second year in a row that Gill, who served as National SACA Legislative vice chair, has been honored at the National SACA Fall Business Meeting. Last year he received an Outstanding Service award, which is selected by National SACA officers and presented to SACA members who demonstrate great service to SACA nationally and at their campus.
In the role of National SACA vice chair, Gill will run all National Business meetings, and will lead the SACA meeting that takes place during the annual National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC), which provides student and doctor ACA members the opportunity to discuss chiropractic-related issues with elected officials on Capitol Hill each February in Washington, D.C.
Much of the Fall Business Meeting, attended by SACA delegations from 16 of the 18 U.S.-based chiropractic colleges, focused on proposals related to SACA’s participation in the annual NCLC, and included an open discussion of strategies to strengthen the SACA chapters at each campus by developing networks to share and exchange ideas.
“There’s a tradition at the West Campus of student involvement in our professional associations at the state and national level,” said Gill, who attended the 2012 SACA Fall Business Meeting with Ciara Cappo (West SACA president) and Linda Rodriguez (West SACA secretary).
“My award speaks to that West Campus tradition of passion and dedication to get involved, have an active ‘voice’ and ‘make a difference’ in the future of the profession.
“The support we receive from (West Campus President) Dr. (Bill) Meeker as our faculty adviser, and the West Campus administration’s dedication to student leadership, is invaluable,” added the Marysville, Wash., native who has served as West Campus SACA president and is a member of the West Campus Guides student volunteer organization.”
Gill, who earned his B.S. (biological sciences) from the Univ. of Pacific at Stockton, has been an active West Campus student since initiating his chiropractic studies in July 2010.
While also serving as Associated Student Government class representative, Gill has attended (and helped organize related activities) at the NCLC, the ACA Rehab Symposium, and Foundation for Chiropractic Progress programs; he also serves as SACA representative for the ACA Council of Physiologic and Therapeutics and Rehabilitation.
“Health care is my passion, and I chose chiropractic as a career because it is a non-invasive way of helping others become healthier and maintain a better lifestyle,” says Gill, a 10th Quarter student who is excited to initiate the clinic internship of his West Campus experience.
Photo: West Campus student Baljinder Gill received an “Excellence in Leadership” award at the 2012 National SACA Business Meeting. From left: Maymie Chan (2011-2012 National SACA Vice Chair, Southern California University of Health Sciences); Dr. Michael Perusich (SACA National Advisor); Dr. Michele Maiers (SACA National Advisor); Gill, (National SACA vice chair); Heidi Henson (2011-2012 National SACA Chair, Northwestern University of Health Sciences).