Winter 2022

 

I write this report having just returned from the CCI National Leaders Forum held in historic Kingston, Ontario. For the National Council and Executive, it has been a few years since we last gathered in person with representatives from across the country. Many topics were discussed including how to ensure membership value in the post COVID era, the balance between in person and virtual education offerings, engagement strategies to build our momentum again on membership growth and individual participation, succession planning strategies, and other internally focused discussions. Attending with me at this event was Chairperson Susan Milner, 1st Vice President Hamish Farmer, and our new Executive Director Dan Nielsen as well as Education Coordinator Raffaella Loro. Much thanks to long time National Treasurer and North Alberta member Luu Ho who retired from his executive position on National. We appreciate all of your efforts to strengthen CCI National over the years.

I was proud to be able to introduce the newest CCI Distinguished Service Award recipient Mr. Hugh Willis at the Awards Dinner held during the National Leaders Forum. Hugh’s tremendous contribution to the condominium community in Alberta, through his advocacy efforts and willingness to educate and teach is the epitome of selfless volunteerism which we don’t see as much anymore. Other chapters are often shocked that our presenters and lawyers give their valuable time freely and without compensation, we are indeed very lucky, so congratulations on the well-deserved accolade Hugh.

Prior to this event, CCI North Alberta held our Annual General Meeting on November 2, 2022. This was once again a hybrid AGM with in-person and online participation. It was great to see many smiling faces despite the poor weather! Elections were held and some of my current colleagues were re-elected including Dawn Mitchell (Hub International), Barb Surry (Barb Surry CPA.CMA), Steven DeLuca (EXP Engineering), Amber Nickel (Willis Law), Chris Vilcsak (Solutions 105), and returning back to the Board Darcie-Lee Rea (Hallmark Management). Many thanks to all the candidates both successful and not for putting their names forward. Also, thanks to GetQuorum for assisting us with the virtual portion of the AGM.

I wish to thank the membership and new Board of Directors for entrusting me with the Presidency of CCI North Alberta for another term. I have enjoyed the past 10 years leading this organization and look forward to contributing to build CCI North Alberta further this year.

At the office, we are busy getting ready for the Alberta Condo Expo. This year’s expo will be on April 29, 2023 and will be bigger and better. Mark off the date. Our education coordinator Raffaella is working diligently to expand the education seminars in a brand new venue so stay tuned!

Our condo board basics online course has finally launched! Look for it on our website in early January 2023. Many thanks to all those who worked to create this course led by Alan Whyte, Carmen Zuorro, Susan Milner, the various members of the education committee over the past three years, and our consultants led by Gordon Shepherd with Business Expert Solutions.

Our education calendar is fully launched, check out all the seminars, luncheons and courses we are hosting both online and in person! www.ccinorthalberta.com/events/

Finally, I want to encourage each of you to tell a friend, a condominium board or owner, a business, or a professional about the work we do here at CCI. We want to grow our membership so that we can expand our services to you, but we cannot do this without your help. Please spread the word!

Wishing everyone a safe, warm, and peaceful Christmas and Holiday break, and a prosperous and healthy 2023!

 

Sincerely, 

Anand Sharma
President
CCI North Alberta