Gerald G. E. Johnson
SLS, P. Surv.
Happy Belated New Year!
My time as councilor is soon coming to an end, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members for allowing me to get a glimpse of the inner workings of our association. Without much for comparison it seemed to me that the two councils I was a part of were quite active. From negotiating new plan submission requirements, the SMRP program, and policy changes with ISC, to keeping our committees on task, reworking some of the associations’ bylaws, orchestrating our first ever Meet the MLA’s event, granting 13+ commissions, establishing the Jack Webb award, and promoting/protecting our right to title, the executive committee and council was quite busy. The members should be proud of the efforts exhausted by our representatives. We will miss Terry being on council as his insight, efforts and opinion was always revered. His contributions were innumerable and I am sure he will always feel a part of our association. I am confident the next Public Member will bring an equally important, diverse and valued perspective in our dealings.
I really need to tip my hat to how much volunteer time gets put in by the Past, Vice and President. These guys truly do believe and participate in giving back to the association. It doesn’t take long before a person finds themselves on a few committees – maybe at your workplace or professional association, sitting on a board or two in your community, coaching your children’s sport/activity group, church commitments, etc. and the next thing you know you’re not sure if you are coming or going. I don’t purport to be over extended in my daily schedule and commitments, as I am sure some of you are. Finding the right balance between our work, family, leisure, and volunteerism is important so that your contributions to each are meaningful and rewarding. Without everyone chipping in a little (or a lot ) of themselves, this association wouldn’t be as strong and well respected as it is.
Again, I have thoroughly enjoyed keeping Mike, Carla, Ryan and the rest of council on their toes and contributing to the meetings – often times nothing more than just an opinion (Mike did agree with a few of them!) Having members on council who have been around and involved as much as Mike and Bill has allowed for a dynamic group with an abundance of historical knowledge and perspective from varying view and for these reasons I feel it’s important we keep a well-balanced council. I don’t want this to come as a shock to the readers, but to avoid all of the questions and peer pressure in Moose Jaw, my name will not be on the ballot for VP.