Hello to all our wonderful members! In preparing to write this, I read my statement from last year. My message was so positive and looking forward to 2020. Little did I know what was in store for all of us. In saying this though, I want to point out that we were able to pull off most of what we had set out to do although differently than anticipated.
I remain positive of our mission moving forward. We are planning for the year to come and finding ways to help support you and hopefully provide some learning and fun along the way.
I would like to extend my utmost gratitude for our incredible board members. Catherine Cadieux is your vice-president and seems to come up with the most innovated ideas and suggestions that have really added to our team. Mary Jo Pollak is serving in both Treasurer and Membership roles. She continues to keep us financially balanced and has streamlined the Membership process to make it easier for the person who takes over that position. Lynn Stokes is our Secretary and is a reliable and calm cog in our wheel. She always adds great value to the group in what ever we are discussing. Molly Farquharson is looking after Communication and Media as we have combined these positions. Molly works very diligently in providing you with updated information. She has also provided us with a venue to show our work and for this years Postcard Project. Jesse Strong holds our Exhibits position. He is such a valuable member of the board. When asked, he performs his tasks with the precision of a surgeon. We are all grateful to have him on the board. Marlene Bulas is our NEW Past-president. Although Marlene has only just hopped on our train, she has graciously settled in and become a fresh set of eyes and ideas. I am so honoured to be working with this group and cannot thank them enough. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we have stepped in for a 3rd year sitting on the board. The thought is that it would not be nice to dump a new board into this pandemic mess.
Our exciting news is OFAA has a new home at Creative Nomads Studios. When we are able, our meetings will be held there. It is a beautiful location; I cannot wait to see you all there!
The new year looks very promising with vaccines on the horizon, we have high hopes for getting back to normal by fall.
We are busy making plans for the year to come. Since we cannot meet in person, we are lining up guest speakers and demos that will be in the form of videos and can be accessed on our Members Only FB page. It is important to ask to become a member of this page if you want see the videos.
Although on hold for now, our venues have grown to include, Hibernation Arts, Lake Simcoe Retirement Residence, and the Opera House.
In the coming months I sincerely look forward to serving as your President and moving our association into our bright future. Thank you for your continued support.
Hugs to you all!