As I write this, my final message, it’s unbelievable how time as flown by. It seems like only yesterday that I was getting giddy for the September kick-off party at the Hockey Hall of Fame. It’s been an absolute privilege to serve as the 87th President of this association. There is no doubt that this is an organization of compassionate individuals, who truly exemplify the meaning of commitment.
It was certainly a busy year, which is probably why it passed in the blink of an eye. It started off with the aforementioned Kick-Off Party in September where we were unexpectedly surprised by a visit from Lord Stanley’s Cup. In October, we honoured our Past President’s and Honourary Lifetime Members and in December we held our annual Christmas Party in downtown Toronto. The Claims Conference was yet again another success with great attendance and participation not only on the tradeshow floor but at the numerous seminars that were offered. Next up was our Mock Trial held in April, which by all accounts was a smashing success! And here we are in June, with the golf tournament right around the corner – which also signals the end of the Presidential road for me. It’s been one heck of a ride!
Throughout this year I’ve also had the opportunity to visit several of the chapters and would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude for all of the hospitality I received. This year more than ever we’ve absorbed technology into our association, from posting two issues of the WP on-line, to the incredible success of the inaugural WP Radio Podcasts…Terry, is there anything you can’t do?! Our various social media platforms have also continued to be a wonderful avenue for communication and networking and will only continue to flourish.
I’d like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to the current Executive who worked so very hard to make this year such a success. Congratulations to our newly elected OIAA Executive and incoming President, Michael McLeod – you’re gonna rock it! A special thank you to Ian Gallagher, Past-President for his encouragement and support throughout the year, and to our Business Manager, Jackie Johnston for everything you do. This year wouldn’t have been possible without the encouragement of David Cernak and my colleagues at PCA Adjusters – thanks guys for putting up with me. And finally, I have to thank my husband Peter, my bestest friend for taking this journey with me….Couldn’t have done it without you!
As my term comes to a close I want to sincerely thank you all for allowing me to serve as President over the past year. It has been an honour, a joy and an experience that I will always cherish. I have met many new colleagues, made many new friends and enjoyed it to the fullest. Have a wonderful, safe summer everyone and I look forward to seeing you in September!
Jennifer Graham, CIP
President, Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association