There probably isn’t much that I can start with for my 2020 report that hasn’t already been said about it’s uniqueness! COVID-19 brought the worst but also brought the best out of so many of our members. What we thought was a pandemic that wouldn’t last longer than a few months, remains to be a challenge for the world in 2021.
The BCEA started the 2020 year strong with the leadership of BCEA Board. We held two successful in person events in February; Women’s Network Storyboard night and the first annual Kelowna Curling Bonspiel. We set the stage for our U40 March event but had to cancel when the world came to halt.
What came next was refreshing and inspiring. The BCEA Board and the BCEA committee volunteers came together to plan a year that would end up being one of the best years for the association. So what did we do?
- Several well attended educational webinars
- Virtual AGM
- Kelowna golf tournament
- Morgan Creek golf tournament
- U40 Professional Development Series (4)
- Member round table forums (6)
- Online networking events (5)
- BCEA Scholarships and Bursaries as well as several bursaries through our endowment funds at BCIT, Okanagan College, and Camosun University
But most importantly and the most exciting for the BCEA, was that the women’s network was awarded the Anti-Racism Action Program grant. Thanks to their work over the last five years in promoting diversity within the electrical industry. The Thrive Summit was a big success in 2019 which helped back our application to receive the grant.
Early this year we launched the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Program and we have received overwhelming support from the industry in BC and across Canada. Everyone understands the shift taking place and wants to be part of the change. You can find more information on how you can support this program in this directory.
Each month we will hold an education session which you will receive a certificate of completion. If you complete at least six sessions for 2021 you will receive a BCEA Diversity and Inclusion Certificate. This will show your employer or future employers that you believe in change and are dedicated to diversity and inclusion. Here are is our 2021 line up so far;
- Diversity: Corporate Strategy
- Deepening your cultural humanity and culture competence
- Unconscious Bias
- Cultivating a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace
- Building an inclusive culture
- Indigenous awareness
- Starting from the top: How leaders can advance equity
Our members are the core of our association. Challenges bring opportunities and I can see many of our members taking on that challenge and recreating themselves. I am excited to see what 2021 brings for the BCEA and the industry! I look forward to seeing you at some of our virtual events and hopefully in person by the end of year!
Barbette I. Igonia, CAE
President & CEO
BC Electrical Association