Happy New Year!!
I hope you all managed to enjoy a healthy and safe holiday time. No one could have prepared us for what 2020 brought and so many of us couldn't wait to say goodbye to it, with the kick of a big boot, but 2020 was also a year of special events for people too, such as weddings, the birth of a new grandchild, a new job, a new house and the importance of these events should not be diminished by the year in which they occurred. So, congratulations to all of those who experienced these or any other positive and enjoyable event(s) this past year.
As the saying goes “hindsight is 20/20” or is that “2020”? What has our club and I as your President come out of 2020 with? Well, when I started my Presidency with this club during 2020, I was worried that I was going to see a club with a rich 74-year history fold on my watch as a result of COVID, however if anything, it's been the opposite. Our club has shown adaptability and resiliency, with the continuance of our monthly meetings and hosting guest speakers virtually through Zoom, continued growth in our membership, with the induction of two new members at our November meeting, continued engagement with our community partners, promotion of our club and it's advocacy for the betterment of women through our social media, and the list goes on. I'm also very lucky to work with a dedicated and experienced team of executive members, who have truly risen to the challenges that this past year has given us as a club and without whose support, I would not be able to fulfill my role as President. It's been and continues to be a team effort.
As we move forward into 2021, we are pushing ahead with our plans to engage our provincial and municipal government with the implementation of our BPW Brampton resolution, passed with 100% approval at Provincial Conference this year, along with reviewing where we can be innovative in our efforts to promote the good work that BPW Brampton does in so many areas, but with less resources this year.
We are also at a pivotal time for review of our organization as a whole and we are working with BPW Ontario and other provincial clubs to re-assess how we can come out of the past year stronger than ever, and continue to effectively address the issues and needs of women both locally and internationally, which has been one of, if not the hardest group hit by COVID. I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage any current and/or new members to reach out to myself or any of the executive team with any suggestions or ideas that fosters our mandate to continue advocating for the betterment of women and children.
Thank you for your continued support through your membership and I look forward to moving forward into 2021 with the same tenacity, strength and innovation that saw us through 2020.
“I like to think of life as an adventure, like a roller coaster. It helps with the ups and downs." – Fred Rogers