Grand River Chapter

Reorganizing the Grand River Chapter Board: Valuing our Volunteers’ Time

By Kaoru Yajima, P.Eng., LEED AP(BD+C)

Greeting Chapter Members!
I hope you had a great holiday and your new year is well underway.

As you will read, you’ll see how Chapter volunteers continue to give up their personal time to do great things in the Chapter. In particular, you’ll see how we’re trying to focus our efforts to different audiences, from grade 8 students up to working EIT’s. Each group’s understanding of engineering is different so the Chapter has been gradually shifting its messaging to suit.

I’m happy to announce that the Board has made two significant organization changes. At our September meeting, the Board agreed to establish a new sixth committee, the EIT committee which will focus on having EIT’s more engaged with the profession. With one successful event under their belt, it aims to meet the needs of an important audience in our Chapter membership.

The other major change is with our Board organization structure. With the formal establishment of the Committees a number of years back, and with the number of volunteers on the Board increasing, the Board agreed in the November meeting to downsize itself into a defined, 12-member Board. You can read more in a Q&A inside, but essentially the new structure should make better use of our most precious resource, our volunteer’s time.

Chapter Committee Reports

The Education Committee was pleased to announce its winners for this year’s first-year engineering scholarships. In response to our call for sponsorship of additional scholarships, the Chapter greatly appreciates local corporate sponsors, JMP Engineering and Hitachi Truck Manufacturing, for their sponsorship of one additional scholarship each.

The Government Liaison Committee held its first Town Hall event to discuss issues pertaining to local advanced manufacturing and engineering. Held at Conestoga College, volunteers focused on an event that included local private manufacturing firms, members of provincial and local government, and engineering students from the three local engineering schools.

 The Events Committee continues to hold full-house technical tours and will attempt a few more in the coming year. They’ve also been active at various grade-specific events to tell students about engineering. Our engineering volunteers spoke to students about the engineering profession, alongside people from other professions like the police forces, fire department, teachers, tech sector and various tradespeople.

The Communications Committee holds the Chapter Board together by providing communications to the Board, its members and the greater public. Feel free to provide feedback on our communications to any of the Board members so we can improve

Finally, I would like to mention that my term as your Chair will end in February 2015. It’s been a pleasure volunteering as the Chapter Chair these past two years. Please help me welcome the in-coming Chair, Matt Irvine, P.Eng. who will be taking the reins after the 2015 Chapter AGM on February 9.

I wish you all the best in your endeavours.

Kaoru Yajima, Chapter Chair
January 2015





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