This year our annual general meeting took place in the warm atmosphere of GranvilleIsland’s Dockside Brewery. Nine members and one guest attended to elect a new executive for 2011 and to discuss plans for the upcoming year.
Executive positions for the Vancouver PWAC chapter were quickly filled by the following volunteers:
President: Michelle Clough
Treasurer: Heather Kent
Communication Coordinator: Josie Padro
Membership Coordinator: Heidi Turner (re-elected)
Discussion continued on a number of topics including the May 13 to 15th writer’s retreat jointly organized the Victoria and Vancouver chapters. Those who have attended past retreats found inspiration and enjoyed the opportunity to socialize with other writers. This year the fun takes place at the Cedar Beach Resort on Salt Spring Island. The cost is $175 for members and cut-off date for registration is April 29th. For more details check out our March 6, 2011 blog post below or direct your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group also weighed the pros and cons of becoming a sponsoring partner of The Tyee’s Freelancer Survival Series. We decided in favour of providing financial support from our local chapter with an added contribution from the national PWAC office. Members will be able to attend the sessions at a 25 percent discount. Find out more or register at The Tyee.
Members also voted in favour of sending two members the PWAC National AGM in Montreal this year.
In non-AGM matters, check out the new Facebook page Vancouver’s Freelancer Social Hour . The group plans monthly get-togethers for writers to share a beverage and get to know each other. All writers are welcome.
Lastly, a very special thank you to outgoing President Sheila Whittaker for her great work and leadership over the past year.