Last night, PWAC Vancouver members gathered to hold our annual AGM, where we discussed current and future business related to our chapter. I wanted to advise about some of the discussions to keep those who were absent abreast of the conversations.
1. Executive Elections
I, Kelly Thompson, will remain as Chapter President. New professional member Mirey Faema has joined the board as Chapter Vice President. David Conn will remain on as Membership Coordinator and Heather Kent will remain the Treasurer. We still have room for a Communications Manager, should anyone wish to join the executive.
2. 27 April, PD Day
Members are encouraged to register online for our Professional Development Day on 27 April at the VSO School of Music, 843 Seymour Street. Seating is limited! Those registering as students are required to bring valid student ID.
3. Summer Party
Mark your calendars! Our summer party will be held on Sunday, 21 July at Guenther Krueger’s house. More details to follow.
PWAC Vancouver has seen a surge in membership over the last two months and we’re pleased to welcome all of the new writers to the fold. This increased membership means PWAC Vancouver is able to send 5 delegates to the national AGM in Toronto at MagNet. Delegates will have their airfare costs over $175 covered by PWAC National and will receive a stipend from the chapter as well.
5. National AGM Delagates
Those representing PWAC Vancouver at the National AGM are Kelly Thompson, Mirey Faema and Guenther Krueger. Please email me within the next two weeks if you would like to serve as a delegate at the National AGM, as I am required to submit these numbers to National Office.
6. PWAC Presence
PWAC Vancouver has renewed the online presence of the chapter through the blog, Facebook and Twitter. We are busy connecting with local writing programs (at Douglas College, Langara, Capilano and UBC to name a few) as well as other associations such as MagsBC, the Society for Technical Communication, Editors’ Association of Canada and others. We hope that these new connections will boost membership and allow us to engage and network with other professionals in the writing, publishing and freelance business.
7. Writer Retreat
Jointly with Fraser Valley and Victoria, PWAC Vancouver is looking to hold another writer retreat in Spring 2014, potentially on Salt Spring Island or another area nearby. We hope to recreate a sense of community for our writers and provide more opportunities to connect with one another. Stay turned for more information.
Thank you all for your time and please feel free to email me at kellythompson(at)keystonetext(dot)ca, should you have any questions.
–Kelly Thompson, PWAC Vancouver President