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Message from the Board – Spring 2022

We’re eagerly awaiting our 2022 Conference which starts in just a few weeks. A special thank you to the Conference Committee who has worked hard to develop a robust conference program with presentations and workshops on a range of topics for our members. We’re also pleased to host the Imaginarium Marketplace where you’ll meet many new, existing and historic BCLMA sponsors. Be sure to stop by and thank them for their support. During Thursday’s dinner, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin will present thoughtful reflection on her wide-ranging career and her time as Chief Justice (which she calls the “centrepiece of her life”) — a definite conference highlight.

We’re very excited to celebrate the BCLMA’s 50th anniversary at this year’s conference dinner. Starting as VALA in 1972, the BCLMA became an official chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators in 1982. Finance was the first subsection to form in 1984, followed by many others as the BCLMA expanded to the Island, the Interior and Northern BC. This community owes its strength and longevity to all past, present and future volunteers. Thank you for making the BCLMA the dynamic community it has become.

During the conference on April 22nd, the BCLMA will hold its Annual General Meeting. We have a record number of members registered for this year’s AGM and we’re looking forward to seeing so many members taking part in their association’s governance. With this AGM comes a change in our Board as Lorraine Burchynsky will step down from her role of President.  We thank her for assisting us this year when the position became vacant unexpectedly. This departure leaves one Director position open. If you’re interested in running for a director position, we encourage you to contact Jane Kennedy at info@bclma.org or one of our Directors if you have any questions.

We started off the 2022 year with eight new Chairs and Co-Chairs for our various subsections. We thank all those who have come forward to volunteer their time and expertise to their association. All subsections are working hard to coordinate informative and educational events for our members. If you have an idea for a topic or a presenter you would like to see, please contact your subsection chair.

The Board has been busy planning both educational and social events for the year including our first Young Member social at The Colony on April 7th. We’re also happy to announce our Summer Social is back this year on June 2nd, at the D6 Lounge at Parq Vancouver. The D6 has both indoor and outdoor space for everyone to mix and visit with old and new friends. We are also just finalizing our fall educational and Managing Partner luncheon events so stay tuned for those updates.

Our report would not be complete without taking a moment to thank our sponsors, who without their support none of this would be possible. Many of our sponsors, without hesitation, continued to support the BCLMA over the past two years when we were unable to meet in person.  We look forward to seeing them at various events throughout the year, along with welcoming our new sponsors.

The Board looks forward to meeting up with many of our Members at the exciting events we have planned throughout the year!

BCLMA Board of Directors