This is my last post as your Ontario RD, and I want to thank you all for your support, encouragement and help.
I do wish that I’d had more time to get to meet more of our members personally, or to visit all of the chapters. I am thankful to PWAC for having a small travel budget for the Regional Directors so that I was able to at least visit a few chapters.
It seems like the past two years has flown by–there was still so much that I wanted to do. Getting this blog up and running, and having more members contributing to it was part of my goal. So, the first part is done. This is YOUR PWAC Ontario blog, so please do contribute to it!
There is a Chapters page for updates and there is always room for good news!
Does your chapter have a regular activity at its meeting? Tell us about it. Other chapters might want to try it out.
In the Guelph chapter, members come prepared to share tips and tricks of the trade at monthly meetings. They have a “Tip of the Week” where members advise on “if you just do one thing this week….”
It’s great to get together and share those tips, but it’s also great to be able to share them online. Some of our Ontario members, me included, are in the “Ontario Outliers” so we don’t have a local chapter where we can meet colleagues in person. We NEED the online community. This blog is part of that online community.
Another big part are the forums on Writers.ca
The forums are a great place to share success stories, get help with an article, get market tips, and generally get support for the living the life of a freelance writer. If you haven’t stopped by lately, please do.
Update your profile–including adding a photo. Join the conversations on the Biz forum or the “L-General”
There are also forums archiving the PWAC Bulletins, offering technical assistance, and a new one creating a periodical database for market information.
I’ll be the first to admit that Writers.ca has had its share of problems, and its full vision and potential has not yet been realized, but it can be, and will be so much more than it is right now, so please keep positive and look for what it can do. It is much more than a database, which is all the old site was. Members wanted more, and our hard-working staff and Board are trying to deliver–but it takes time and money, both of which are often in short supply. So, please, be patient.
I ask you to be patient with our incoming Regional Director Kim Arnott too, although I know it won’t take Kim long to get up to speed. Kim is a long-time PWAC member and served as Ontario’s regional director in the mid-90s. PWAC is a much different organization than it was then, but Kim has been a stalwart at our AGMs and is not shy about voicing her opinions and concerns, as well as her praises. So, I am confident in passing the Ontario RD “torch” to Kim. She will serve you well.
I will be at the PWAC conference June 4-7 and I look forward to seeing many of you there. This is good bye for me as your RD, but I have no intention of leaving PWAC, so I’ll see you in the forums and at the conferences!
Thank you and Goodbye. I’m signing off for the last time as your RD.