President’s Message


October 2021

Autumn officially arrives in the northern hemisphere on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, and automatically brings to mind warm cozy nights, bountiful harvests and of course the spectacular show of colours. Mother Nature sure knows how to sparkle.

October brings Thanksgiving Weekend, a time to spend with family and friends and enjoy some old traditions and to make new ones. Truly a favourite time of the year for most people.

In giving thanks I could mention all the support I have had both privately and professionally, but I do believe I have reached out to all those close to me and have expressed my warmest wishes and gratitude along the way. Plus, I would hate to miss someone on my list of people who have truly inspired and encouraged me throughout the years. I have had a chance to re-connect this past month or two (pending protocols of course). And it has been pure joy. I believe we may have all realized in some way that we do need kindness, touch, and the reflection of all those around us, not only those who are close to us but those that support us and are outside our “bubble”.

Autumn is also a great time to get outside, take a hike, walk your dog, sit on a patio, take a road trip, or cozy up with a great book. I don’t have a dog, but love seeing the regulars on my walks/hikes.

The bounty of harvest across the province is lovely to see and taste if you are lucky. Hopefully a few fall fairs will reopen, and we can all enjoy our community’s local food, drink, and artisan’s craft.

I am fortunate that one of the oldest fairs in my area will hopefully be taking place on Thanksgiving Weekend (Rockton Fair). I can smell and taste the pumpkin spice already.

Autumn brings with it some great food to eat and share, baked goods that just smell sweet and great recipes to share with family and friends. We have the luxury of beautiful vistas across the country and lovely places to enjoy with friends and family.

The OIAA is made up of some exceptional volunteers and as the current president I want to thank every member of the 2021-2022 Team. We truly will have a hybrid year of events (webinars and in person events) and we truly appreciate all our industry partners for their ongoing support.

Please take the time to enjoy nature’s best performance and thank you again for all your support and encouragement throughout the years.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – JFK

Rhu Sherrard
President, Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association