It is a great privilege and honour to assume the role of CALL/ACBD President and I look forward to serving in this capacity for the 2022/23 term. I want to extend my deepest appreciation to the CALL/ACBD membership for entrusting me with this important role. It is also my pleasure to welcome Yemisi Dina to the role of Vice President One and Mary-Jo Petsche to the role of Vice President Two. I look forward to serving with them and the rest of the continuing Board members: Jennifer McNenly (Treasurer), Martha Murphy (Secretary), Kim Clarke (Member-at-Large), Julie Lavigne (Member-at-Large), and Kim Nayyer as Past President.
On behalf of the Board and membership, I would like to acknowledge, Kim Nayyer, for the steadfast leadership she provided during her tenure as President. The 2021/22 term presented many unique challenges for the Board to manage. Despite this, Kim served the Association as President with grace and humility. Many thanks as well to outgoing Past President, Shaunna Mireau, for many years of service to the Board and the Association. Over the years, the Board has benefited immensely from Shaunna’s wise counsel.
As I reflect on my new Board role, I am grateful to be a law librarian and I value the numerous opportunities to collaborate with CALL/ACBD members and to share and learn best practices. Looking ahead, a major focus during my tenure will be on strategic planning and helping membership reflect on who we are as an association, how we can grow, and where we want to go. A related focus will be expanding CALL/ACBD’s commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. I look forward to engaging in thoughtful conversations in the months ahead, and in encouraging and supporting change that is even more impactful.
Finally, I look forward to supporting the membership and highlighting our varied strengths, talents, and value. Despite the numerous challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed, the past two years have shown that CALL/ACBD is full of creativity and resilience. I look forward to an extraordinary year where we can collaboratively transform our association by capitalizing on our tremendous knowledge, skills, and strengths. Wishing you all the best in the year ahead.
George Tsiakos, President, CALL/ACBD