Today we celebrate MARY and her contributions to our SAQA Central Canada Region and wish her all the best as she attends the "CELEBRATING SILVER - CAPITOLIZING ON FIBRE" Conference in Washington D.C. and works through her last few SAQA Board meetings before stepping aside to resume her amazing career as an artist, renowned and much sought after Instructor and most importantly as our neighbor and friend. Have a BLAST at the conference Mary.... and know we are all here at home thinking about you!
The Conference gets underway tomorrow, May 1st and at least one SAQA Central member, Maggie Vanderweit Meredith, will be in attendance. So many activities, great speakers, vendors, the SAQA book store and so many planned activities and inspiration for Mary, Maggie and their new SAQA friends to enjoy! Wish we were all there with you to help celebrate this great milestone for the SAQA organization and all of our members.... over 3000 strong worldwide.
It is so important to have each and every one of you as part of our network of friends and fellow artists in this great organization. Mary would tell you if she were here at the keyboard that the SAQA Association is only as good as YOUR input and contributions can make it.
Participation at local and Regional gatherings, entering your work in the many amazing SAQA Exhibitions and yes, volunteering to take on the day to day jobs that keep the wheels turning and the Association moving forward is important. Do make time as we celebrate the Conference Weekend and many area events our members are participating in as artists to think about how YOU might contribute and make SAQA even more important to our members.
As we post this congratulations to Mary, we are really pleased to know that our Central Canada Blog has had over 50, 000 page visits from members and visitors from all around the world. This is how we "talk" to each other, share news and events and make sure that our networks are connecting. New members are always welcome, and we hope you will invite a friend to an upcoming meeting. Perhaps you will decide to join in on the "I AM SAQA" promotion that Heather Dubreuil recently participated in (open to every SAQA member, so check it out online at www.SAQA.com).
The next Regional Meeting is Monday, May 12, 2014, 10:30-3 pm at the St. John's Church located on Church Street in Portsmouth Village, Kingston, ON. Details and the Regional Meeting Agenda are available from the area Committee members: Robin Field, Peta Bailey and Diane Hogan. Plans are underway for a creative and fun filled gathering - so please plan to be there with us.
RSVP Attendance plans to Robin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for being a part of our very active and growing SAQA Central Canada Region...and do send your own congratulations to Mary Pal at email@example.com