|Canadian-style (Climate) Change
On the day I first put pen to paper for this, my last President’s Message, I awoke to the sounds of birds, clear blue skies and a promise of a beautiful, warm sunny day to formally end spring. Since then we’ve had thunderstorms, a 40o heat wave, and the sultry mugginess of this morning. Not quite the Decembers of my St. John’s childhood!
After nearly a decade of living here – and several Christmases before that as a visitor – I still find it hard to reconcile the arrival of Summer coinciding with the advent of Christmas Carols in the shops.
But in life, as in most things, change is constant and we must learn to embrace it (Change, that is, although embracing life is probably a good axiom to live by too!).
And with that segue firmly established, I am delighted to be able to write to you in my last formal communiqué as CAC President. As you will know, our 2012 AGM is on Friday, Dec 7th and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there to give thanks to our 2012 Committee, celebrate our successes, ponder our challenges and to elect a new committee of your peers to guide the club in 2013.
As for the last item, I am pleased to inform you that we have a great slate of candidates who have put themselves forward for positions on the committee. There is still at least one gap, so if there is anyone who wishes to help out – and have some fun in the process – I’d encourage them to contact me before Friday though, as usual, nominations are possible “from the floor”. As to the current slate, there are some continuing stalwarts, some new blood and some “returning to the table” after an absence – a great mix of continuity and new ideas.
As part of that sense of renewal and rebirth, the new committee is keen to hear your views – a “CAC Social Audit”, if you will. After a year of working with a slimmed down committee and a highly pared down meeting schedule (perhaps TOO pared down and, for that, I apologise unreservedly – mea culpa!), the existential question of what you want from your club and its committee remains tantalizingly unanswered.
The new Committee-elect will kick off that Social Audit question as part of a brief, functional AGM and we look forward to hearing your views in the sensational social setting of the Official Canadian Residence at the reception following the AGM.
With thanks to our Consul General, Mario Ste Marie, and his wife, Anne Lessard, for graciously allowing us the use of their home for the club’s AGM, I encourage all members to register and join us. For all AGM attendees, drinks & canapés will follow in the Residence grounds – weather permitting (if not, we’ll all be marginally cosier inside)!
Which brings me neatly (perhaps circuitously!) back to my opening lines – for those expats, like me, there are many things to be thankful for about our chosen life here in Australia. Weather is but one of those blessings, family is often a bittersweet one (given the common diasporas of family for those Canadians who live here), and calling a safe and democratic country our first or second home is also one.
And friends – and though there are many circles and networks of friends available to us (both here and abroad), there is something special about being able to share our Canadian-ness without having to explain it. To, as it were, start any conversation in the middle trusting that the sense of Canadian history and connection is a given understanding.
So, do join us – if you’re not yet a member, there’s no better time to join! This is one of the CAC’s rare Members’ Only events (due to numbers & security) and we look forward to seeing new and old friends on Friday the 7th at 6pm (please be there by 6:15pm at the latest!). You can register here: CAC 2012 AGM & Christmas Reception
Finally, though my closing words on Friday will be those of thanks – to my fellow committee members of the last few years, to the Consul General and the Canadian Consulate and especially to those new committee members who have volunteered to serve going forward – I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, the membership, for allowing me the privilege of serving in one formal (or interim) office or another for the last four years.
Merci bien et á la prochainé!
President, Canadian Australian Club