Lynda AvisThere is an old proverb that says, “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”  True words indeed, even after the unusual winter we have experienced here on Vancouver Island.  The happy harbingers of spring, those Snow Crocuses, are bravely waving in the cool March breezes, although sometimes surrounded by piles of melting snow.

I trust all of our members scattered throughout the length and breadth of our province have successfully survived winter and are looking forward to the pleasures and renewals of springtime.  The past few months have been an exceptionally busy time for the 2017 BCAHA Conference Committee who look forward to welcoming many of you to what promises to be an exceptional gathering, with informative education sessions, outstanding motivational speakers, and town hall discussions, all combined with professional entertainment and many mix n’ mingle opportunities.

The conference theme this year is SPRING ROUND-UP, SHARING AND BUILDING ON SUCCESS, with some decidedly western touches, so I hope you have found your boots and Stetsons, brushed up on your line-dancing and are ready for a ‘photo op’ with John Wayne! “Saddle up pardners and don’t miss this one!”

This year’s conference brings back the ever-popular photo contest, silent auction and opportunities to view and purchase a wide variety of service pins and badges, BCAHA crests featuring our new logo and, for the first time offered, BCAHA carry bags in an eye-catching lime green, proudly displaying our association name.  These bags are just $5.00 each and in addition to being an excellent environmentally-friendly option to plastic or paper bags, they double as an impressive marketing tool to promote the BCAHA while raising further awareness of Auxiliary volunteerism.  When you see them, you will wish to purchase several for yourself and others!

During the past year, as President, I have greatly appreciated connecting with our membership both physically, through my attendance at special teas, volunteer appreciation events, area conferences, and general meetings, and through the many email questions I receive each week to which I have tried to respond in a timely manner.  I also very much enjoy viewing the Auxiliary newsletters so many have kindly forwarded to me.  I have discovered that one of the great privileges of being the BCAHA President is learning about and supporting our membership.

Once again, our Auxiliary Action Editor, Tim Sader, has spent hours creating an interesting and informative newsletter for your reading and viewing pleasure that truly celebrates the Auxiliary spirit.  Please enjoy!

Warmly,

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Lynda Avis
President, British Columbia Association of Healthcare Auxiliaries

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