End of The Year
The month of December is always a time of reflection on the previous year for me, and the feeling I personally have this year is one of gratitude. When I think of the things I’m grateful for in my life, I feel happier, more optimistic, compassionate, and kinder.
The year of 2016 has been exceptionally challenging to our members. The Fort McMurray wildfires, the downturn in the economy, massive layoffs, plummeting wages. It’s a scary time for some of our members.
Despite Alberta’s challenges, our chapter had a fantastic year. We offered great lunch n learn topics, and our NAOSH conference was the best one I have ever attended. As part of NAOSH week, I took my family to our chapter NAOSH family fun day and we had a fantastic time in the jumpy castles, with the clowns, and eating lunch at the charity bbq. Our meetings and events team, in response to a member survey, offered new and exciting “Connect” events like a wine appreciation night, informal socials, and our member appreciation night. I’ve had a sneak peak at the 2017 events and there are really great events coming our way. Our CRSP study group continues to be a huge success and is the envy of other chapters.
Our communications team launched a communication strategy, our Twitter feed, and our Facebook page (have you “liked” us yet?). New for 2017 is that the communications team has taken on a “member engagement” piece so we can expect even more great initiatives to reach out to and connect with our members even more.
And of course, the Chapter Executive was thrilled to accept the 2016 Chapter of the Year Award at the annual Professional Development Conference in Vancouver this year. It was a great recognition of the efforts our volunteers put into making our chapter one of the best, we are truly member driven and people powered. Do you have any ideas for us? Please email me at any time and let me know.
Have you met your new executive? The new executive was elected in October and we are here to increase engagement with our members and to make the most of your membership by increasing value. Introduce yourself at our next event!
So, of course, I can’t help but feel gratitude for all the great things we are doing as a Chapter. Despite challenging times, may you also reflect on what makes you grateful.
On behalf of the chapter executive, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We wish you all the best for 2017 and we will see you at our next events.
Brenda Madley CRSP
CSSE Edmonton Chapter Chair