“The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”
On October 10, 2018 we got together to celebrate the OIAA Past Presidents Night. The bag pipes played the Past Presidents into the room and we assembled to honor the association’s former leaders. I have always loved Past Presidents Night and in this 88th year of the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association it is clear that the History, Tradition and Fellowship remains strong.
The bag pipes give me goosebumps and are fitting to represents and honour the rich history of the OIAA and its 87 years of leadership. Since the first dinner meeting in 1931, the history of the OIAA is one of volunteer service and leadership. This night honours the many leaders who showed tremendous vision and stewardship through their time.
The deeper you delve into the history of the OIAA the more you realize that it is steeped in tradition. It is a tradition of service to the membership and a tradition of staying true to our mission and values despite the passage of time, personnel and any challenges that arise. Past President’s Night is also a celebration of fellowship. The OIAA requires a significant sacrifice of personal time. There are many days and nights of project work and co-operation with a large and exceptional group of people. It is not hard to forge lasting friendships and for some the OIAA has become a second family. The comradery and relationships are lasting and for the Past Presidents this night is a chance to see some old friends.
On October 10, 2018 our 2017-18 OIAA President Jennifer Graham was the newest inductee into the Past President’s ranks. Her calm, compassionate and genuine leadership will be missed but like many great Presidents before her she has left a lasting legacy.
We hope that you will join us at the Westin Harbour Castle on December 12, 2018 as we celebrate at the OIAA Holiday Party. Tickets are available at https://www.oiaa.com/events/2018-holiday-party/.
For anyone that has not checked out our new WP Media channel you will find video of our Kick-Off Party, Past Presidents Night as well as WP Radio podcasts on the WP Digital Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/ UCMZ7YF3T6ErcQJpsyHrq6vw.
Michael McLeod, FCIP, CRM
President, Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association