Happy Canada Day!!
Summer is here and with it comes vacation time, long hot days and time to enjoy life, as it should be. Everything and everyone is in a relaxed mode. It is also the time for SLA’s Annual Conference and our chapter student awards.
June’s conference in Denver was one of the best. Al Gore was our opening keynote speaker and Scott Adams was our closing keynote speaker. Mr. Gore inspired us and Mr. Adams had us in stitches.
I had the distinct honour of meeting Mr. Gore at his book signing prior to the keynote speech on Sunday. It was really worth it sitting in line for 2 ½ hours to get An Inconvenient Truth signed for my son. I got to network with other SLA members who had the same goal as me. It was truly amazing and an experience I will never forget.
During the conference I attended many amazing sessions which included for the first time the “Synergy Session”. I also attended many receptions, including the best one there – The Canadian reception”, which this year was hosted by Eastern Canada. The Canadian reception is starting to be a big hit at the conference and is growing in size every year. Next year our chapter hosts the reception, which will be organized by our President-Elect Daniel Lee. From what I have heard it is going to be one heck of a party.
I am also very pleased to announce our student award winners this year. Each of these students earned top marks in their courses at each of their institutions:
- University of Toronto – Shannon McSheffrey
- University of Western – Kelly Celeste Farrah
- Seneca College – Jenifer Erlendson
I want to offer congratulations on behalf of the chapter to each of these students for their very hard work. It is an honour to receive and we need to recognize all the students. At the same time, I am pleased to recognize one of our Advisory Board members – Sandra Stephenson, who won the OLA Anniversary prize presented at the FIS award ceremony. Sandy was also a Beta Phi Mu Nominee. Congratulations Sandy.
Now for information on the relaxation event of the summer: on August 30th, SLA Toronto and CASLIS Toronto will be pleased to co-host our Summer Social at the Bedford Academy from 5:30-9:00pm. No reservation or RSVP is needed, just come and enjoy the weather and the great company. I hope to see you all there.
Have a great summer,
Pam Casey, CTT+
President, SLA Toronto Chapter