Chuck Cohen 2005-2006
Here it is the end of June and this is my last message as President. It has been a good year for me personally both in school and with STAO/APSO. There has not been too much turmoil caused by government or boards. Not many major issues needed to be dealt with either. It sounds like a boring year. WRONG!
Many things have been going on this year: The STAO/APSO 2005 conference was well attended and we had nothing but rave reviews about the speakers and exhibits. The 2006 conference planning is winding down and the conference program will go to press later this summer. Expect to receive your copy in the mail in early September. In addition, the Elementary committee produced yet another great calendar and next year’s will even be better. Thank you must be said to Merck Frosst for their financial support towards the calendar.
On another front, the Ministry did have the initial meetings earlier this year to start the review process. The writing teams have been selected for this summer and I am happy to say that all of the STAO/APSO nominees were chosen. STAO’s communication with members is getting better all the time. The STAO/APSO website continues to grow, as does its use. Crucible and Elements are now becoming more web friendly. The STAO store is growing slowly but surely and ScienceWorks continues to strive. Another exciting happening is that a cross-Canada linkage of Associations is becoming a reality. This will grow over the next few years. Protocols for the writing of position papers were established and a “Nature of Science” position paper was accepted.
All committees have worked extremely hard over the past year. I want to thank all of the members of committees for their dedication on the behalf of all STAO members.
Without volunteers, STAO/APSO would not exist. As I write this message we are still looking for some positions to be filled on the Executive and Board. Please check out our website (www.stao.org) for more details.
Did I accomplish everything I wanted to? No. However I did get plenty done and maybe all my goals were just not attainable in one year. However, I am happy with what was done.
There are two pieces of advice I could give Stephanie Grant as she takes over in September... First, STAO/APSO is rich in expertise and energy. Let the experts do the work and bring in suggestions. Don’t try to do everything within the Executive. Second, enjoy your year!
I would like to thank you for the honour of being President and I wish you a great summer.