2021 AGM – President’s Report

Welcome everyone to our very first 100% virtual AGM!  Our last AGM was hybrid, but circumstances this year make this the safest method for us to meet.  We all look forward to the day when we can be together again, and are keeping our fingers crossed that we can meet this winter.

Last year we delayed our AGM to September, but moved back to our regularly scheduled time of year to hold our AGM in the spring.  This coincides with our conference timelines, and the goal is to be able to hold next year’s AGM at our 2022 conference.  More on that a little bit later.

I’d like to thank our Board for their outstanding contribution of time and hard work to our association.  To Elizabeth Jackson, Lisa Rennie, Margaret Cividino, Rubyna Jinnah, Dorothy Cheung and Alexa Kingsmith, thank you all very much.  I also want to say a special thank you to Lorraine Burchynsky who stayed on as our Past President, which is a new role our board voted on last year.  This amazing group of professionals inspire me every day with their thoughtfulness, intelligence, and drive.  We are all very lucky to have them at the helm.

As we had last year, we have 3 directors departing the board in 2021.  Elizabeth Jackson, Lisa Rennie and Margaret Cividino are stepping away from the Board after this 3 year term, as will Lorraine who technically tried to retire last year but we wouldn’t let her!  Elizabeth and Lorraine have been working on our board governance, which was one of the pillars of our previous strategic plan.  With their guidance, we have solidified our procedures and bylaws and I want to thank them for their dedication and perseverance.  Lorraine has also spent these last few months working with our survey committee to help us find a new vendor for our economic survey, and we thank her so much for all that hard work.  Lisa Rennie has acted as secretary this past year, as well as working on our Marketing pillar previously.  Her thoughtful ideas and strategic thinking was a huge asset to our board.  Margaret, the queen of joining all things BCLMA, will be stepping down after spending her last term working on the Marketing pillar and Education pillar.  Margaret’s background and training made her a perfect fit for this role and it’s truly helped us plot a path forward.  We thank all of these amazing women for their time and contribution to the board, and you will be missed.

However, we haven’t quite seen the last of Margaret, who is heading up our 2022 conference committee.  She and her team are working away right now on solidifying speakers, themes, schedules, vendors, and just about anything else you can think of when it comes to planning a huge, and what I’m sure will be, successful event.  The intention is for our 2022 conference to be a hybrid event, with our traditional in-person tradeshow and meals, but also offerings virtual sessions for those who perhaps can’t attend in person.  And, most excitingly, this conference falls on BCLMA’s 50th anniversary as an association!  We will have much to celebrate together, so stay tuned for all the upcoming conference details, which will be available on our social media platforms and the conference website which we’ll spin up closer to the time of conference.

The board would also like to take the time to thank our committees and subsection chairs for their dedication during this tumultuous year.  In spite of all the change we’ve seen, they’ve remained steadfast in their contribution to the association and we thank them all very much.  Of course we are always looking for volunteers, especially for Topics, so please reach out if you are interested in learning more!

Our sponsors have also stood by us and we are happy to report that we filled most of our sponsorship spots for 2021.  We were not able to fill all spots for our annual summer event, but our winter event has filled up.  We have also had a steady supply of advertising in Topics, which is always a great way for business partners to become involved.

One of the most exciting things that happened in 2020 was the wrapping up of our previous strategic plan, and embarking on beginning a new one.  We have engaged Vantage Point again to help us with this work and are off to a great start.  We are working on revising our mission and vision statements to better reflect the work and momentum the association has taken in the last 3 years, and we are excited to share this with you in the coming months.  Our previous plan, which focused on Education, Technology, Marketing and Enhancing our organizational foundation, has been instrumental in helping us achieve many goals for the association.  We have to engaged with quality educational speakers and will continue to do this as part of our next plan.  As mentioned, our commitment to the association for an interactive and high quality website is still top of mind and we will work toward completing that soon.  We have revamped our social media plan and will continue to look for ways to engage with our membership, including games, contests – with PRIZES! – and more.  Finally, our governance is well documented stronger than ever.  The work in these pillars are never done, but the way we will approach them shifts as we complete goals and we are very excited to see what comes next.

Finally, we want to extend warm thanks to our members who continue to stand by us and engage with us year after year.  We do this for you , our industry and we appreciate you very much.  We look forward to what the next year will hold for us all!  Thank you.

Naomi Anderson, BCLMA President