I find that the summer seems to go by in a blink. One day it’s Victoria Day and the next it’s Labour Day. For the Executive Board this is a time to reflect on the successes and challenges of the year while starting to plan for 2007. Your input is welcome and I encourage you to contact any member of the board to discuss your ideas.
Several members of the chapter were able to join us at the end of August for our joint summer social with CASLIS. This pub night is becoming an annual tradition for SLA Toronto. Greg Barber, host extraordinaire, organized another superb evening of libations and networking. Members have indicated that networking events are important and so we aim to hold informal social events from time to time.
Our fall schedule kicked off on September 21 with a programme delivered by Randy Park about influential presentations. I know Randy from my days in the Joie de Vivre Toastmasters club and can attest to his abilities both as a public speaker and as a trainer of presenters. Speaking before an audience can be a trying experience, but almost all of us at some time have to make presentations at work and/or address large groups. Randy’s programme was a great step in helping you create and present effective presentations that hold your audience’s attention and win you kudos.
We are planning an event for October 26 about research skills in health information.
This programme will be of interest to both health information specialists and
non-specialists. On November 23 we will be holding a technology-oriented programme.
In addition, some of our subgroups will be putting on programmes during the
fall, and we will be offering several virtual seminars. More information about
these and other SLA Toronto events can be found on our web site, www.sla.org/chapter/ctor.
As a result of the changes that were made to SLA’s governing year, we now hold our annual general meeting in December. This year we are moving the holiday social back to December and combining it with our AGM. Many of you have attended the joint social with CASLIS in the past. This year’s event will be held at the Arts & Letters Club. More information will be available shortly and I hope to see many of you there.
Lastly, I am going to make a call for volunteers. The board asks that you do
just one thing during the year. A major time commitment on your part is not
required. Volunteering for SLA can be very rewarding and I encourage each of
you to donate a few hours to your chapter. If you are interested in volunteering
please contact our president-elect, Pam Casey, at email@example.com.
This will be my last column as president of SLA Toronto. I have enjoyed my year as president and look forward to serving the chapter and the association in other ways in the years to come. I want to extend a special thank you to the current Executive Board – Pam Casey, Joy Shanfield, Tylene Reaume, Daniel Lee, Melissa Troemel, Heather Ritchie and Sandra Craig – for their support and encouragement. The Advisory Board has also worked hard over the year to organize programmes, find speakers, review resumes, coordinate subgroups, obtain vendor sponsorship and many other tasks, and I thank them too.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy fall and winter.