It’s hard to believe that this is my final President’s message. It seems like just yesterday that I was planning our Septmeber Kick-Off event at Ripley’s Aquarium and yet that planning began already year ago.
Historically speaking, any OIAA President I have spoken with have all said the same thing: the year just seems to fly by.
I’ve truly enjoyed my year as the 86th President of the OIAA. This year and the years leading up to it, have been both a learning and growing experience and I am so grateful for having been given the opportunity. I look forward to serving one last term on the OIAA Executive as Past President. With that said, I won’t miss the deadlines and commitments, the organizing and overseeing of events and the stress of whether or not they’ll be a success, all which comes with being President!
For those of you who attended our Holiday Party in December, my wife Marie made comment to the audience of 1000+ guests, that it seemed like everyone in that room was like one big family…one big Insurance family. And I couldn’t agree more. In mid March, my father passed away after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s and it was during this unfortunate time when the comments made by Marie really came to light. The support we received from our industry family was overwhelming and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the notes of condolences, the sympathy cards and all the well wishes received.
During my year as President, we proudly celebrated the 25th anniversary of our Professional Development and Claims Conference in January. I was fortunate to have been able to travel to several of our chapters throughout the province, including the Provincial Conference in Kitchener in May. I’d like to thank those chapters not only for your hospitality, but also for the dedication of all our many volunteers who work so hard to keep our chapters thriving. I encourage all members to get involved at your chapter level, even if that simply means attending an organized seminar or function to help support the chapters and the volunteers who run them. I would like to congratulate our newly elected OIAA Executive and incoming President, Jennifer Graham. Jennifer has worked diligently over the years as a volunteer for this association and has proven to be a great leader. I wish her much success in her new role as President.
Thank you to all the OIAA executive members who have supported me through my tenure as President. A special thank you to Past President, Catherine Groot, whose inspiration and dedication has been immeasurable. Thank you to our Business Manager Jackie Johnson for all her continuous help. And lastly, a huge thank you to my wife Marie for all her support and patience. This year, Canada Celebrates its 150th anniversary of confederation. To be able to celebrate such a milestone in Canadian history is really an honour and privilege, so be sure to get out and take part in the celebrations. Let it be known that we are proud Canadians, with so much to celebrate.
Happy 150th Birthday Canada!
Have a great summer everyone…see you in September.
President, Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association