BCLMA President's Report
Message From the Board
It’s hard to believe we are over halfway through the Summer and are now looking towards Fall and all that comes with the arrival of September.
There is no doubt that this has already been a busy year for the association. Following the AGM in April at our Conference, I was excited to officially step into the role of President, taking over from our previous President, Lorraine Burchynsky. Lorraine has been a BCLMA staple for as long as I can remember, likely much before that, and we are so grateful for all she has given and continues to give to the Association. Lorraine is thankfully staying on the Board as Past President and I have already leaned on her expertise many times – she really does know the answer to every question.
At our AGM, we were pleased to welcome new Board member, Robert Sanzalone. One of Bennett Jones’ tech gurus, we are excited for the wealth of knowledge and new perspective he will bring to the Board.
While we are on the topic – let’s talk about the Conference. After having to cancel our previous conference due to COVID, we were so excited to see all of you in person this year at the convention centre – it almost felt like we were back to normal! From excellent keynote speakers to inspiring breakout sessions, the conference was a great success and the feedback we received has been fantastic. Thanks again to everyone on our planning Committee, and especially Conference Committee Chair, Margaret Cividino, for all their hard work. It would not have been the success it was without all of your commitment and dedication.
We also had a great time with our membership celebrating the arrival of the warm weather at our annual Summer Social. The D6 patio at Parq was the perfect venue to kick off the season. It was a great opportunity to catch up and enjoy a beverage (or two) on one of the best patios in Vancouver.
Our subsection Chairs and Co-Chairs have been working hard throughout the year to give our membership the very best. Whether it is in person or over Zoom, we want to extend our gratitude to our Chairs and Co-Chairs for continuing to provide the association with educational sessions and doing so all while continuing to balance to stresses of the pandemic.
As we look to the remainder of 2022, we have lots of exciting events coming up. After our very first Young Professionals event in April was so well attended, we’ve arranged for another to be held in September. Also coming up is our Fall Educational Event where we are looking forward to welcoming Kate Davis to speak on the topic of Balancing Life with Humour. After the past few years, we’ve all had – the Board thought we could all use a laugh.
The Board continues to chip away at the re-design and launch of our new website, and while there have definitely been some speed bumps, we are getting close to being able to share the new platform with you. We look forward to the new technology and the improved processes it will bring to our Subsection Chairs and the membership as a whole.
We hope you have the opportunity this summer to unplug, even if it is briefly, enjoy the sunny weather and spend time with friends and family. We look forward to seeing you as events start up again and September and wish you and yours a restful and relaxing remainder of the Summer.
Alexa Kingsmith, BCLMA President