Annual General Meetings are statistically shown to go better if paired with bowling. In response to this, Alberta North GDC members were treated to a night of free bowling and pizza at the GDC Alberta North AGM on Saturday February 27th at the beloved Plaza Bowl. Another tradition that the chapter has continued from last year is the publishing of the annual report on Instagram. Aside from sharing the chapter’s financials, the annual report also gave board members the platform to talk about the value of the GDC to them.
Chapter President Amanda Schutz reviewed the chapter’s initiatives and events over the year. We staged meet-up events like Shop Talk, Frodown and Beers with Peers to bring together local designers to network, talk about design and running businesses. Our mission to support design education led to initiatives such as student portfolio reviews as well as the Ribbon Rouge Project, where we connected students with people affected by HIV to produce illustrations and art for the Ribbon Rouge Foundation. Finally, we worked to educate the public about the design profession through outreach at events like the Royal Bison Craft Fair and our week-long involvement with the Works Art & Design Festival in Churchill Square.
Amanda marked the departure of board members Chris Cooper, Michelle McBride, Kit Walton and Dustin Clarke who are moving on but have made a lasting impact on the chapter. We also had the pleasure of welcoming new members to the board who are sure to bring a new energy and enthusiasm to our activities. New board members include: Lea Rouhiainen, Adnan Huseinovic, Gord Montgomery, Anne Brown, Rachel Beyer, Alison Christensen, Pete Nguyen and Peter Haughland.
The Alberta North Chapter also congratulated Andrew Benson and Bryan Kulba on their successful bids to achieve Certified Graphic Designer designation in 2015.
Finally, Amanda expressed the goals of the upcoming year, pledging to: continue to offer awesome events; building more support for students and recent graduates; profiling the talent in our ABN industry; build a stronger base of members in GDCABN; and to showcase the value of CGD Certification.
The board is full of enthusiasm and excitement for the upcoming year. First and foremost, we welcome the input of our design community to help us set our goals and direct our efforts. We want to continue to connect with designers and ensure that we can make a valuable and lasting contribution to our design community.
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