CAfLN held its second annual symposium on April 10 at The University of Vancouver Island’s beautiful campus in Nanaimo. Fifty members attended a thought-provoking and productive day as our organization sought input from across the country regarding our mission and future directions. A huge “Thank-you” is due to Lori Jeschke from Saskatchewan and Veronica Saretsky from Alberta who planned and facilitated the day’s agenda. After greetings from Steve Lane, VIU’s Associate Vice Presidents for Academic Planning and Aboriginal Initiatives, members participated in a welcoming circle in recognition of the Snuneymuxw lands on which we stood. To the delight of the CAfLN founding members, it quickly became apparent that in the room we had educators from every sector of the profession, as well as representation from at least five provinces. The “ice-breaker” invited members to view a series of powerful quotes posted around the room and to join colleagues in responding to the quote that resonated the most for them. Members then engaged in small group tasks designed by Lori and Veronica to provide input to CAfLN about the following questions:
- What additional roles would you identify for CAfLN?
- How might we leverage technology to support CAfLN?
- How might we fund our activities?
- How can we encourage active member leadership and grow our network?
- What are/should be the benefits to CAfLN membership?
Committees are already hard at work acting on the huge number of ideas generated at the symposium.
The AGM followed and minutes are available on the website, along with the list of the Executive and Committee Chairs. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to be involved.
The time after lunch was dedicated to interacting with colleagues from across the country to share updates, issues and concerns from various regions. The buzz was palpable and we made many connections to carry into the next year and beyond.