Hello to all of our members! As we head into the holiday season after another hectic and bizarre year, we hope that you and your family are healthy, safe and happy. We wanted to review with you what we have been doing this year, as well as let you know about some exciting things that are coming up for 2022. Finally, attached to the end of this letter is our AGM notice for February 1, 2022.
2021 in review and on to 2022
Despite the pandemic, 2021 has been a productive year for the Alberta CEC. We held our first virtual workshop series, with sessions in April, May and June. Our Friday session, "TGI-PD" were very well received, with participants attending from across Canada and the USA. Please visit our website for information about these sessions (http://www.albertacec.ca/). We are planning to host another series in the spring of 2022! We are putting forward a call for interest to anyone who is passionate about a topic related to exceptional children and may be interested in speaking at one of our session. If this is you, please contact us through this email.
Alberta CEC also held our first virtual Yes I Can! Awards in June 2021. We received nominations from all around the province and gave out awards to deserving individuals in the areas of communication, community participation, technology and self-advocacy. We plan to host our next awards in June 2022. Please watch out for our call for nominations, or contact us directly if you would like to nominate someone!
2022 is a big year for the CEC. It is our 100th anniversary! Celebrations are happening all over the world, and our 2022 CEC Expo and Convention is being held in Orlando, Florida on January 16-19, 2022. This year's convention will include a wide variety of in-person and virtual components, as well as a number of 100th anniversary celebrations. Please check out the website for more details (Registration and Pricing | Council for Exceptional Children).
As part of the 100th anniversary celebration, the CEC is calling for nominations for "100 Teacher Stories", which are posted on their website. These stories highlight outstanding teachers from around the world who are passionate about supporting diverse students. If you would like to nominate a deserving Alberta teacher for this recognition, the nomination form can be found here (100 Stories- Teacher Recommendation Form (google.com).
As always, the executive of the Alberta CEC would love to hear from you. Please drop us an email any time to let us know any thoughts or ideas you may have, or if you are interested in becoming involved with the Alberta CEC. Take care and have a happy Holiday Season!
Shawn Crawford, PhD. (R. Psych.)
President, Alberta CEC
Information Regarding the Upcoming Annual General Meeting
The date of the Annual Meeting for the Alberta Council for Exceptional Children (ACEC) is set for Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 at 7:00 pm. for the following purposes:
- To receive the reports of the President and Chairs of the Standing Committees.
- To receive the financial statements of the Association for the fiscal year of 2021.
- To elect new Officers for the Association including President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and one representative to the CEC Representative Assembly (two year term).
4. To transact any other business as may properly come before the Meeting.
The AGM will be held as a virtual meeting via Zoom, and all members are encouraged to attend. If you would like to attend this meeting, please respond to this email and you will be sent the Zoom invite.
As called for in the Society Bylaws, new officers for the Provincial Executive Committee will be elected by the members present at the annual meeting. Elected for a one year term will be the President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Members at Large. As well, one Provincial Representative to the CEC Representative Assembly will be elected for a two year term. Committee Chairs are appointed by the president. Listed below are the members who are currently nominated for positions.
Those members interested in actively participating in the direction and activities of ACEC and who feel they have the time to commit are invited to step forward and be nominated. Elected officers and Committee Chairs are expected to attend regular Executive meetings and assist in organizing ACEC events. Nominations will be accepted up to and including the day of the Annual General Meeting.
WE ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE! Your comments are appreciated even if you cannot attend this meeting.
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President Shawn Crawford
President elect vacant
Secretary/Communications Jan Palmer
Treasurer Dwaine Souveny
Member at large Kayla McKougan