President’s Message

Rhu

May 2022

Beltane falls about halfway between the spring equinox (Ostara) and the coming summer solstice (Litha). The holiday celebrates spring at its peak, and the coming summer. Beltane also sometimes goes by the name May Day. Nowadays I believe we can find a celebration for every day of the year. Which after the past 2 years may not be a bad idea, only if you are up to the challenge.

The highlights of May for me are Cinqo de Mayo (Spanish: “Fifth of May”) also called Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla (a holiday celebrated in parts of Mexico) and the United States in honour of a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III there.

Mother’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, but not on the same day (although most countries celebrate Mother’s Day in May). It is a day meant to honour mothers and appreciate their role in society and in families. We all have mothers to remember and celebrate. A time to celebrate mothers who support and encourage us to be the best we can be.

Most everyone’s favourite long weekend unofficially welcomes the summer season in most of Canada. Unofficially also known as “May 24” weekend, Victoria Day is Canada’s oldest non-religious holiday. The holiday is subject to the calendar, even though it is still referred to as the May 24th holiday. While it was originally implemented to celebrate the life of Queen Victoria, the holiday is also dedicated to celebrating the birthday of Britain’s reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

It’s a great long weekend for most to go camping, glamping, open up cottages, better yet visit friends with cottages, or chill on the back deck or balcony. Enjoy a nice BBQ, a patio and fireworks. Gardeners can safely start the season without any risks from frost, pending where you are in our great country and province. It’s a great time to get outside, take a hike, walk along the beach, enjoy the sunshine, read a book, and share time with family and friends.

We hope to see all you at our June 3rd Nine and Dine Golf Tournament to be held at Cardinal Golf and Country Club. Please visit www.oiaa.com for registration and sponsorship opportunities. A prelude to the next Presidential year of events. Hybrid years are challenging but all the various chapters around the province are working diligently to bring the association members and our insurance partners both educational, informative, and responsible social gatherings.

Some other notable dates in May

  • May 4th – May the fourth be with you! Obviously, Star Wars Day – My inner geek is shining through
  • May 9th – Nurses week for all those making a difference – Respect
  • May 15th –International Day of Families and Chocolate Chip Day – Sweet deal
  • May 16th – International Day of Living in Peace – Hearts to Ukraine and all the areas of the world not living in peace
  • May 19th – National Caeser Day
  • May 20th – Bike to Work Day and Bee Day
  • May 22nd – International Day of Biological Diversity – For my daughter who is a Biology Major
  • May 25th – National Wine Day – Need I say more
  • May 28th – National Hamburger Day

It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement, the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living. – Sir David Attenborough

You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive. – Maya Angelou

 

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

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