2019 President’s Report

It has been a very good year for the SWANA Pacific Chapter. We have been busy supporting an active training schedule and held the 34th annual Northwest Regional Symposium in the spring. We welcomed over 300 delegates in British Columbia, the Yukon, Washington, Oregon and beyond.

Please save the date for the 35th annual Northwest Regional Symposium which will be hosted by the Washington Evergreen Chapter in Tulalip, Washington on April 21 – 23, 2020.

Our working Committees and in particular our Conference, Training, Membership, and YP members, have all provided new activities and new Board Member involvement.

We want to encourage our Board and membership to take up the challenge of assisting on these committees or engage as a volunteer for their many activities. We already have a date for next year’s SWANA Day – Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Please let us know if you would be interested in joining this committee.

The Training Committee team organized and delivered several courses in many venues, some hosted by our hub learning centers. We are continually challenged with capacity issues particularly in the trainer’s area. The goal to increase our faculty number, has been partially met with new LOB, MOLO and Eco-Depot Trainers. This has increased our opportunities for our membership to learn and grow. Thank you to all of our trainers this past year. If you are interested in becoming a trainer, please contact us.

In order to garner further success, we encourage you to send your staff to any of our SWANA Certificate courses or become SWANA Certified yourself.

We had another successful year financially due to the Northwest Regional Symposium that we held in the spring as well as attendance at our SWANA training courses.

It has been an exciting and rewarding year for our Pacific Chapter. We have been privileged to serve you over the past 3 years. I would like to thanks all of our returning officers and Board members for their continued support.

The 2020 fiscal year will bring new challenges and opportunities for our Pacific Chapter but we look forward to assisting you.

Mark Watt
SWANA Pacific
BC-Yukon chapter