Happy New Year! It's funny how our lives are ordered by external and artificial calendars. One of these calendars recently marked the end of an old year and the start of a new one. For some people, this resulted in well-intended New Year's resolutions. For others, it represents a fresh start, whether in one's personal life or work life.
I spoke with a teacher last week who told me that her favourite month of the year was January. I asked her if she was joking, as most teachers would pick June or even September as their favourite month for various reasons. She went on to say that she was serious and her rationale was that both staff and students return to school in January after a much needed two week break. Everyone is somewhat rejuvenated and there is energy in the air, and she relishes the opportunity to harness that energy in a positive manner.
A different calendar that has governed my daily schedule for the past three and a half years is the WTA Calendar, and even though it's only January, it's already time to start planning for the 2015/16 year. The biggest piece of this planning is the upcoming WTA Executive Elections.
I remember serving as a Council Representative and being approached by the Chair of the Executive Nominating and Elections Committee to let my name stand for a position on the WTA Executive. I had been keenly aware and interested in the business reported at Council meetings but had not considered taking the next step.
Seven years later and I am half-way through my first year as the President of the organization. I only point this out to emphasize the fact that you don't need decades of experience to take a more active role in the WTA. If you are even remotely interested in the idea of being a part of the Executive, I invite you to speak with a member of the current Executive after a Council meeting or contact them using the information on the contact page. Ask them about time commitments, chairing committees and other facets of serving. For more details you can also check out the information in this issue of the WTA newsletter.
If you aren't quite ready to take the leap to the Executive, another way to get involved is by serving on a WTA Committee. Watch for information in a future WTA newsletter about this. In the meantime, check out the annual reports page to read about the work of the committees during the 2013/14 school year.
For more information please call the WTA Office at 204-831-7104.