President’s Message


June 2021

We Did It!!!

I am not sure where to begin, I have so many mixed emotions. Relief, we made it through this unprecedented year. Sadness, it is all over and nothing, I mean absolutely nothing how I imagined. Angry, we didn’t get to do anything I had been planning and preparing for; for two years leading into this OIAA year. Appreciation, for all of the beautiful contacts, colleagues and friends I have made throughout this journey. Respect, for everyone in our industry and most of all Gratitude, I am honored to have served as the 90th President of this wonderful organization.

The overwhelming support the OIAA has received during this unprecedented year has not gone unnoticed. Thank you to everyone that renewed their membership; and for all the new members we gained. All three of our virtual trivia nights sold out; and the sponsorship we received for each of these events, was better than ever anticipated… your generosity was so very much appreciated. Thank you to everyone that attended our monthly seminars; and for those registered for our final seminar of the year June 24, 2021. Thank you to all of our seminar presenters for donating your time, knowledge and expertise. Without you, we would not be able to provide these educational seminars to our members each month.

This being my last President’s Message I would like to take the time to recognize and thank the amazing and dedicated executive council of the OIAA. This year threw challenges at us, that none of us were ready for – there was no handbook outlining how to run an organization during a pandemic year! Each and every one of the executive council put their best foot forward and provided assistance, guidance and overwhelming support and dedication for our organization. So thank you from the bottom of my heart Rhu Sherrard, Kyle Case, Terry Doherty, Shawna Gillen, Leanne Hardman, Joe Cumming, Laura O’Hearn, Ray Proctor, Jennifer Brown, Jordan Tremblay, Chris Jolliffe, Mike Bottan, Cindy Bridge, Sarah Graves, Claire Richardson, Carrie Evans, Emily Feindel, Zohair Nassur, John Slattery and Tena Allen.

It is with great pleasure that I pass along the torch to incoming President Rhu Sherard. Rhu’s energy, excitement and passion will guide us through what I hope to be calmer times; lead us back to a new normal, one that has us back where we all want to be. Rhu will be surrounded by a very strong and passionate executive. We welcome Jennifer Brown to the senior executive council as Secretary, Shawna Gillen as Treasurer, Terry Doherty 2nd Vice President, Kyle Case 1st Vice President and I will assume the role of Past President.

The hardest part of any volunteer organization is when the time comes that you have to say goodbye, something many of you know, I do not do so well. So as you can imagine, I have had to endure many blinks to get through this part of my message. At the end of my term we will be saying goodbye to our Past President, Leanne Hardman; thank you for the years of dedication and devotion. Your passion and commitment will never be forgotten. Toronto Delegate, John Slattery; you passion and support will always be remembered, not to mention the many laughs along the way. Thousand Islands Delegate, Sarah Graves; it saddens me to know, you most definitely got robbed my dear friend, I wish you could stay on and get a true understanding and appreciation of what it was like to be part of this amazing family, however, COVID had a different plan. Nonetheless, thank you for your commitment and dedication. Niagara Delegate, Chris Jolliffe; nothing like going out with a bang. Thank you so much for all your time, energy and effort in brining the OIAA a revamped, refaced, desperately needed updated website, there is no way I could have done it without you. Kawartha/Durham Delegate, Ray Proctor; where do I begin. Thank you Ray for your years as Website Editor, as Chris found out following in your footsteps, not an easy portfolio. Your years of commitment, dedication, passion and most of all friendship. I wish each of you a lifetime of happiness.

And finally, I have to say thank you to my family. Over the years, I have spent countless hours with many nights away from home. Leaving behind my husband and four children and always they supported me and encourage me to continue and follow my dream. So thank you Matt; I couldn’t have done this without you! My time on the OIAA executive is quickly coming to an end, I honestly cannot believe this day has come; as it feels like it was only yesterday. It just goes to show, time really does fly by. My journey started 11 years ago and what an exciting ride it has been. I am forever grateful for the growth I was afforded, the experience, amazing memories, and most of all the friendships I have made that I will cherish and most definitely not take for granted.

They say all good things must come to an end; and my goodness, this truly was a good thing. Have a wonderful summer, please stay safe and healthy…until we meet again!

It’s Time To Say Goodbye, But I Think Goodbyes Are Sad And I’d Much Rather Say Hello. Hello To A New Adventure” – Ernie Harwell

Simone Cybulski
President, Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association