As was once famously said by the great Robbie Burns, "the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft a-gley" and our AGM was no exception! The wonderful Karen Healey was unable to attend as our speaker due to illness on the night and, despite the best efforts of the Committee, we were unable to secure another author at short notice. [It should be noted here that both Rachael King and Rachel Stedman were very willing but unable to step into the breach so we look forward to having them speak at another function in the future].
We were very happy to say that despite setbacks and with true Cantabrian spirit, we reached a quorum of members and ran a very successful meeting sharing relevant experiences of some of the members' recent professional development opportunities.
We farewelled with huge thanks two members of our Aoraki Committee: Janine Ramsay and Wendy Marshall. Both stepped down for personal reasons and we wish them all the best for the future. Thanks was also expressed to Karen Gardner for her role as Secretary to date as she is stepping aside from this commitment whilst still remaining on the Committee.
We also thanked our wonderful Acting Chairperson, Paula Eskett, who stepped into the leadership role this year to see us through to this AGM. We truly appreciate the passion and time you have put in on our behalf in this role. The position of Aoraki Chairperson has now been taken over by Saskia Hill, who will also act as Aoraki Regional Representative for SLANZA National Executive.
The Aoraki AGM meeting minutes can be found here. We look forward to an exciting 2013/2014 year in SLANZA.
Chairperson, SLANZA Aoraki