Director's Blog

May 2021

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If any of you are feeling like I do right now, you are absolutely exhausted. After over 12 months working from home (let’s be honest, doing everything from home), I definitely feel the effects of Zoom fatigue and miss seeing friends, family, and colleagues in person. However, with vaccine rollouts starting to occur across Canada, there is hope that we will be able to get together soon. I for one can’t wait to come and see everyone in person!

As we head into the summer, it’s a time for SPE Section and Chapter Boards to take a break—before resuming activities in the fall. To all the volunteers, I can’t thank you enough for the ongoing effort through this extremely difficult time. Your commitment to providing programming and events for members in fun and creative ways during the pandemic has been inspiring. Thank you.

For those of you that have been thinking about volunteering, now is a great time to put your hand up. Section and Chapters are rotating their Boards and looking for new volunteers. The Canadian Regional Board and the SPE Canadian Education Foundation Board are also looking for new volunteers. The same goes for SPE International.

If you don’t know where to start, you can reach out to me directly or contact people in your local Section and Chapter. You can also access the SPE volunteer portal here.

Volunteering has provided more benefits for me than I could have ever imagined, beyond just the satisfaction of giving back to the community, and I encourage everyone to get involved.

Deb Ryan
SPE Regional Director
North America