“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
There are 10 local chapter executives that serve the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association membership throughout the province. It is a strong and formal network built with volunteer infrastructure that is currently celebrating an 88 year anniversary. The chapters each have their own executive council who volunteer their time and work very hard to put together a compelling agenda each year. They deliver educational, networking and benevolent opportunities for members and they do it because they have heart, not because they have to or get paid to. I hope you will join me in expressing sincere gratitude to the volunteers and supporting cast of the OIAA chapters that will serve you this year in Georgian Bay, Hamilton, Kawartha/Durham, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Niagara, Northern, Ottawa, Thousand Islands, Thunder Bay and Windsor.
Windsor may appear last on the chapter list alphabetically but was the first chapter I had the pleasure of visiting this year in an official OIAA capacity. For once I was able to attend Windsor for reasons other than catastrophic flooding and what a great day it was! There are certainly some big hearts in the Windsor chapter that put together an amazing charity golf tournament at the Ambassador Golf Club. The event has been run for 35 years now and its theme “Driving for Deb” keeps the memory of long time OIAA executive member Debbie Tremblay in our thoughts. I had the honor of meeting Deb’s family and many of the Windsor OIAA members and generous sponsors.
The Windsor chapter is a benevolent heavyweight and in the last year raised a combined $12,000 for WICC, The Humane Society, Hiatus House, Goodfellows and Crimestoppers. A significant and very impressive feat. Many thanks to the Windsor executive, volunteers and sponsors that made for a memorable day of fellowship.
Events and benevolent initiatives like this happen because of great volunteers but could not be a success without the strong support of members, vendor partners and the industry community. Thank you all for your support in your local OIAA chapters, we truly appreciate it. We hope that you will also join us throughout the 2018-19 term as the Provincial OIAA executive will be bringing you a great lineup of educational, networking and charitable events. The official Kick Off for the 2018-19 OIAA term takes place on September 19th at the Ripley’s Aquarium. Please come and meet the new Provincial Executive Council, enjoy some great food and full access to the Aquarium. In September we will share more details about this year’s events. We hope that you will take the time to save some dates including our Past Presidents Night October 10th, Christmas Party December 12th, 2019 OIAA Claims Conference on January 23rd, April 10th seminar and elections and June Charity golf tournament. This year also brings the 2019 OIAA Provincial Conference which will be hosted jointly by the Ottawa and Thousand Islands Chapters in our Nation’s capital on May 2nd & 3rd.
OIAA membership is not expensive, provides great value and is an investment in your career. It will be an action packed year across the province and you can always find event and registration details on our website and access Without Prejudice WP magazine and E-flip book at www.oiaa.com. If you are interested or know someone who would like to become a member the following link will get you started www.oiaa.com/members/membership-renewal-signup/.
It is truly and honor to serve as the associations 88th President and I am looking forward to spending some time with you this year.
Michael McLeod, FCIP, CRM
President, Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association