SLS, P. Surv.
It would be an understatement to say, that as a first year Councilor, there were big shoes to fill. Being provided with the opportunity to serve our Association has been my honor and certainly not a duty I take lightly.
I’d like to start by thanking each of the 2018-2019 SLSA Council and Carrie for their guidance, patience, and dedication to this Association and its members during this past year.
While reflecting on what to write for this article, like many of those before me, it struck me that it was possible people may presume that my family ties to the SLSA is the reason I am where I am today. Although they have played an integral role in my story, they were not the protagonists.
I’m sure my parents would attest, that in the winter of 2005 when I announced I was packing up my dorm room as a Christmas Graduate from the University of Regina in the field of Kinesiology, no one would have guessed that I was about to start my journey down the same path as some very influential men in my life; my uncle, Jim Condon, my father, Pat and my brother, Ryan, in the field of Geomatics and ultimately joining their ranks as a commissioned Saskatchewan Land Surveyor.
Shortly after moving home, in keeping with tradition of being the boomerang child, “the one that just kept coming back”, I passed the “field test” and was hired as an interim assistant at Condon Survey Group Inc., to work alongside my brother, before heading off to study Geomatics at SAIT in the fall. Although not always easy to take guidance and instruction from family members, I credit my determination and grit to those early days in the field with little knowledge, other than the few things I learned through osmosis at the dinner table. At the time of my enrollment at SAIT, it was my intention to further my education in the field of Geographic Information Systems. However, during the final year of my studies, one of my instructors, Tom, pulled me aside, and urged that I consider re-evaluating my career path. He was an Alberta Land Surveyor, and he suggested that as a Professional Land Surveyor I could also practice GIS, but that a career in GIS would never afford me with the opportunity to practice as a Land Surveyor. After much deliberation, I took his advice and enrolled at BCIT in the fall of 2008 in the Bachelor of Technology in Geomatics program and obtained my commission in 2012 as a Saskatchewan Land Surveyor, following my brother’s lead, articled to our father.
I have little doubt, that without Tom’s intervention, I wouldn’t be who, or where, I am today, and wouldn’t have been afforded the opportunity to become a part of, or had the privilege to serve, this Association and its membership.
Heather Maloney #321