Welcome to the Business & Professional Women of Ontario, Brampton Club!
First and foremost, welcome back! It’s been a very long and stressful time since we all sat in the same room together, way back in February, but I hope that this message finds you all safe, healthy and managing the new norms that COVID has placed upon us.
I struggled with how to begin my first message as President of BPW Brampton, in an unprecedented time for the world and for our 74-year-old club, but despite that, I want to start off by acknowledging that we remain the largest club in Ontario with 40 members. Nothing could be more encouraging for a new President and Executive to have such a great membership renewal at such a difficult time, however, I also believe it’s because we were left a great platform by our our Past President, Indira Persaud to step onto. And I would be remiss to not acknowledge the Executive members (both past and current) that have been an integral part of our clubs’ development and current status, with their continued contribution, ongoing support and mentorship.
Over the summer, members of the Executive met to discuss various matters, such as moving forward on a virtual basis, the future of fundraising initiatives, finalizing BPW Brampton’s’ resolution being presented at the 2020 Provincial Conference and reaching out and maintaining contact with our current community partners to assess and understand their needs and assist wherever possible, during these extenuating circumstances.
We were also busy planning programs for the remainder of the 2020/2021 year, which I’m pleased to say is looking very good.
Our first General meeting of 2020/2021 will be held on Tuesday, October 20th via Zoom with guest speaker Peel Regional Police Cst. Joy Brown, which promises to be an interesting and engaging event. I hope as many of you as possible will be able to participate. Please look for an email and calendar invite with the Zoom link and login details for this meeting.
In closing, I want to set out that the vision for BPW Brampton moving forward, remains fluid and flexible. We are at a point where as a club, we may need to embrace things that are not familiar and/or comfortable for all of us (i.e. Zoom meetings), there will be a learning curve and some traditions that may take on a different look or not be able to take place in our current environment, such as our golf and euchre fundraising events. However, as a club, this is where we march on with innovation, tenacity, open mindedness and forward thinking. I look forward to working with the rest of the Executive and with the support and co-operation of all our members in leading the club through these unchartered waters.
“I like to think of life as an adventure, like a roller coaster. It helps with the ups and downs." – Fred Rogers