2018 President’s Report

It has been a very good year for the SWANA Pacific Chapter. We have been busy supporting an active training schedule, a spring conference and in spring of 2019, we will host our Northwest Regional Symposium which will welcome delegates from British Columbia, the Yukon, Washington and Oregon.

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.

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 our new trainers.

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

Planning has begun for our Northwest Regional Symposium and Tradeshow, which will be held on April 30, May 1 and 2, 2019 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond. Our theme “Make it Happen – Make it Matter! will examine the ground-breaking work of advancing solid waste management, inspired by both public and private sectors charting the course for the future. We are currently accepting submission of abstracts until mid-December.

We had another successful year financially, due to our spring conference and attendance at our SWANA courses.

It has been a challenging but rewarding year for our Pacific Chapter.  We have been privileged to serve you over the last couple years and I would like to thank all of the officers and Board Members for their continued support.

The 2019 fiscal year will come with new challenges – the upcoming Northwest Regional Symposium and three new board members but we are up to the challenge.

We look forward to serving our membership.

Mark Watt
SWANA Pacific
BC-Yukon chapter