President’s Message

Rhu

June 2022

Wow…what a year! With all the up and downs and unexpected challenges, we are truly moving onwards and upwards. Perseverance paid off. It wasn’t exactly how I pictured my year as President of the OIAA but, as always, it is an experience not to be forgotten. We are all looking forward to the next OIAA Presidential year 2022-2023 and the roster of events. Kyle has a full calendar of events lined up filled with education, networking and just getting back to normal which will satisfy all our insurance partners.

I want to thank everyone “around the table” and wish everyone much success in their endeavors. There have been personal challenges, loves lost and found, hybrid employment opportunities, and a strong effort from the local OIAA chapters to get back to holding in person events. The OIAA delegate members have courageously survived the almost 2 years of Zoom calls and some were showing signs of fatigue, which is totally understandable. I would like to thank some personal insurance friends, but I’m sure I would forget quite a few so I will simply thank the IB’s for their unconditional support. They know who they are.

I strongly recommend, if you are comfortable of course in the next few months, to support your local OIAA chapter(s) that are getting back to their new normal. I want to thank the OIAA chapters who hosted me during this past year: Hamilton, Windsor, Kitchener/Waterloo, Niagara and Georgian Bay, as well as the very kind words of encouragement sent from the OIAA delegates and their members. It’s truly appreciated.

I would also like to thank the Senior Executive, Kyle, Terry, Shawna, Jennifer and Simone for their ongoing support, although this has also been challenging with provincial closures and openings. The OIAA managed to work through these unprecedented times to bring our members throughout the province, options via Zoom, and in person events when possible. Hopefully going forward as an organization, we will be more flexible in making sure the OIAA is providing the needs to our adjusters, social members and professional insurance partners, by increasing our profile within the insurance industry. We also aim to be more inclusive and diverse and hope this is reflected within our mission to improve everyone’s experience with the insurance industry. In over 90 years it was a pleasure and a privilege being the first woman president of colour, and a reflection of the organization moving forward. It’s not an official goodbye, just au revoir, “until we meet again”.

We are all looking forward to the in person OIAA Golf tournament to be held on June 3, 2022, at Cardinal Golf Club in Newmarket. This will provide all those attending and chance to be at an event, share some stories, and spend a little time getting to know each other on a more personal level. Let’s hope the weather holds out!

Pride FlagJune is a time to celebrate the official start of summer, and Pride month with a host of activities occurring around the province to celebrate that Love is Love!

To all the wonderful dad’s out there: Happy Father’s Day! Hope they have the opportunity to sit back and relax. Music festivals, concerts, theatre outdoor/indoor sporting events are ready to entertain us no matter what your tastes. Local tourism needs a boost so shop local, eat local and be entertained!

COME BACK TO TOWN October 4-6th 2022, click here for more information on registration and sponsorship opportunities.

The OIAA is grateful for all the support of our members, insurance partners and the dedicated volunteers at our various chapters throughout the province. These individuals thrive to bring you the best product and experience they can.

In order to carry out a positive action we must develop here a positive vision” – Dalai Lama

For all those who wander “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” Maya Angelou

 

Rhu Sherrard
President,
Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association
E-mail: president@oiaa.com

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