President’s Message

Simone

September 2020

A very important milestone is being made in the OIAA’s time as an association. Founded in 1931, the last 90 years have been a lifetime of memories shared by members across the province and as the organization continues to grow and adapt to the landscape, this year is no different. Out of 90 presidents, twelve have been woman and I couldn’t be more proud to become lucky number thirteen.

My name is Simone Cybulski and I have been a member of the organization for approximately 20 years and I am so proud to make the 90th year of the OIAA my presidency. I hope to leave a lasting legacy in the association of inclusion and set the tone for years to come.

Even though 2021 is still four months away, the upcoming season for the OIAA is underway. This year has brought us so many challenges, obstacles to overcome, and adjustments that we’ve all had to make. While this has been a difficult year for everyone, in so many different ways, we’re always one day closer to being able to gather again, and that is something we can all look forward to.

We want to make sure we can keep the spirit of the organization alive, which is why we’re absolutely dedicated and using every resource possible to ensuring that this year’s challenges don’t let us fully embrace what the OIAA is about. New projects and opportunities will be available for members and vendors of the OIAA alike, as we create a community that doesn’t suffer just because we’re not in the same room.

Our upcoming season will be filled with opportunities to connect, speak and listen to others, and educate each other on various topics. This year, we will be offering monthly seminars separate from our events, that will be not only a great educational opportunity, but another chance to communicate and network with one another. These topics will cover a wide range of genres, from injury, auto physical damage, soft skills, MVA investigations, IRB/loss of income claims, business interruption losses, all lines (leader panel) and building construction.

This December, we’re making sure the Holiday season is one that we can give back, which is why we are doing a “Hands of Hope” Christmas Drive and giving the less fortunate an opportunity to enjoy the holidays with as little stress as possible.

In February, our annual Claims Conference will be entirely virtual. Announcements on attendance and the operations of the conference will be announced in the coming months, but this will be a great opportunity to showcase how innovative and forward-thinking the OIAA is becoming.

Stay tuned for the conference details because this is something we are really excited about.

In order to make the upcoming season one that everyone can hopefully participate in, we’ve decided to move our Past Presidents night from October to March. This is done with the hope that we’re able to host our first in-person event of the season. In March, we’re excited to host a night celebrating 90 years of Past Presidents. This is a landmark year and every president in the organization is invited for a night to be celebrated for their efforts.

If it is safe to do so, the OIAA is invited to come to the president’s hometown for a day of sightseeing in Kingston. The city has so much history and entertainment to offer, and we can’t wait to show you around.

The final event of the year will be a reverse kickoff, at the annual golf tournament as a celebration of the 2020/2021 season. We want to have an awesome time with everyone and encourage everyone to join us for a great day of golf, networking and enjoying time together!

WP Radio will continue to release episodes every month as part of their podcast network. If you are interested in being a part of the podcast network in any way, whether through being on a show, sponsorship or a general inquiry, please email terry.doherty@aviva.com.

WP Magazine is continuing to produce content and we are excited that we have the opportunity to take the time to share stories about our adversity that we are all overcoming. This organization is entering its 90th year, and that is something that every member who has ever been a part of the OIAA should be so proud of. We’ve also decided that we want to make sure the OIAA is committed in their charitable pursuits, so we have chosen the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to donate our resources to. We also want to make sure that we can hear stories from our own members of the organization, which is why we’re giving members and opportunity to share their stories of overcoming juvenile diabetes.

This charity is very close to me personally and I know it has affected so many people, including two young men, children of two local members in my chapter of the OIAA, which is why this will be a great chance to give back.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that there is no better time to adjust.
#TimeToAdjust

Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Robert H. Schuller

Simone Cybulski
President, Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association