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Message from the Board – Winter 2021

So much has happened since the last message from the board. It was with a heavy heart that we said goodbye to Naomi Anderson, our BCLMA President. Naomi was offered a position outside the legal industry and stepped down in September. The Board approached Lorraine Burchynsky who agreed to step back into the President role until our next AGM in the Spring 2022.

The Board met for their annual planning meeting in early November and are working hard as we continue to focus on our strategic plan. We’ll be sure to update you on our progress with our three pillars: Organizational Sustainability, Membership & Engagement and Enhanced Technology.

We have had a busy fall season with our subsections, with a particularly large audience at our HR presentation “Employment Law Update” as well as the Facilities subsection presentation, “Transitioning From COVID-19 To Communicable Disease Prevention in the Workplace”.

The Association recently hosted two great educational events. We’ve missed seeing you in person and it was so nice to see our members come out for these events. Our fall educational on October 7th with speaker Diane Ross presenting “Ignite your Leadership with the Power of Presence” was well received and had a few members winning a dance contest. Our annual Managing Partners’ event titled “Strong Recovery Continues Despite Ongoing Restructuring and Risks: BC Economic Review and Outlook”, presented by Ken Peacock, Chief Economist & VP Business Council of BC was also very well received. This event was offered by livestream to our out-of-town members.

Our annual Winter Social on November 18th was a reception at the Sutton Place Hotel. It was wonderful to spend time socially with our peers and our business partners. Take a look at the photos in this issue.

Thank you to all the members who participated in the Membership Value Survey in October. Your feedback is invaluable and helps us to plan and provide quality, relevant educational sessions as well as fun social events!

We invite you to join us on April 16-17, 2022 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East for our Conference and 50th Anniversary dinner. Visit www.bclmaconference.com for more information.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and all of us BCLMA members, we’d like to acknowledge the time and commitment of our subsection chairs, co-chairs and committee members, whose terms are finishing up or continuing.  Their dedication is why BCLMA continues to bring educational and professional development, value and access to our network of members.

We are often seeking volunteers for various positions within the Association, whether it be as a committee member, subsection chair or member of the Board. At our upcoming AGM, being held for the first time at our Conference, we will have one vacant Board position. It’s a great way to network with your peers throughout the year and not just at our social events.  Please feel free to contact any Board member to find out more about the position available in April as well as other positions currently available. We are very excited to see what 2022 will bring for our Association.

BCLMA Board of Directors