It looks like summer has finally arrived in Atlantic Canada! It is hard to believe that a month ago many of us were in Truro at #aacuss17. It was such a rejuvenating and energizing experience to reconnect with colleagues from across Atlantic Canada and to learn from each other. Based on much of the feedback, it certainly sounded that Dr. John Austin’s keynote resonated deeply. I would challenge all of us to consider his message: how are we telling our story of what it is that we do to support students? How do we become storytellers of our discipline? For those of you that were unable to make it, we hope you will join us next year in Charlottetown PEI, as AACUSS will be held in conjunction with the Annual CACUSS conference.
Also at the AACUSS conference I officially took the “reins” from Matthew as President. I recognize that I have large shoes to fill. Matthew has been a leader in the organization for the past number of years and has been a knowledgeable presence in the organization. I feel lucky that his leadership will continue in the ever-important role of Past President. We also elected a new executive. Although we had some returning members, we also welcomed new executive members, including Dean Martin, UNB, as President-Elect. I am excited to say that the executive not only has representation from every province in Atlantic Canada, but also from both the university and college sector. I think that this will help to ensure that we have a deeper understanding of the various lenses and voices of our membership.
As I look ahead to the next year as President, there are several areas that I hope we can explore. The first is to continue thinking of professional development opportunities for our members outside of the annual conference. The second is working with CACUSS to solidify our relationship and provide opportunities for AACUSS members to engage in both organizations. The third is to continue to ensure we are being transparent and providing opportunities for the membership to actively engage with the association. I also welcome any of you to contact me with any ideas or thoughts on how AACUSS can grow, develop and be more inclusive of its diverse membership. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wish you all a safe summer and hope that you can take some time to recharge as we prepare for the busy fall semester, which is right around the corner!
Heather, President, AACUSS
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