The chapter year in review by outgoing chapter chair, John Dumfries. Thank you John for your dedicated service to the Chapter.
In July 2018, 19 members volunteered at the Maritime Festival. The festival celebrates Richmond’s close relationship with the sea.
September Chapter PD: 100 members attended a technical PD course which included several case studies where attendees learned about ethical behaviour. Thank you to our chapter PD committee for arranging many impeccable events through out the year.
Also in September, 30 members attended our Plant Day Event. A special thank you to Linda from #PlantNite for teaching us new gardening techniques and to Shoran, Lina and Marlee for organizing the event.
In October, 30 members volunteered at the Richmond Hospital fundraising Gala. Thank you to Jacqueline, Ilnur and our Community Engagement Committee for organizing this fun community event.
In the same month, 56 CPA members, students and candidates attended our Fall Student/Candidate & Mentor Meet-Up Event. Thank you to our chapter volunteers, Christine, Miranda and Jason for organizing the event. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about mentor/ mentee relations and job search situations. The Chapter also hosted a PD session on Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Skills with 118 attendees.
November Chapter PD: 87 Members attended the Social Media for Accountants Seminar, where attendees had an opportunity to update their LinkedIn profile pictures. Thank you Natalya for making announcements throughout the evening.
On November 20th – 112 CPA Members, Students and Candidates attended the 2019 Member Engagement Tour. New this year, members celebrating their year 10, 25, and 50 year as a designated member were recognized with a gift to celebrate their longstanding membership with the profession. This is a great new tradition!
25 Attendees went on a mission to test their mental cognition condition at the Chapter’s 3rd edition of the Exit Game Event.
December Chapter PD: 86 participants learned about budgets and revenue recognition. The Chapter Holiday Social had 48 CPA members, students and candidates singing Christmas carols, creating memories in the photo booth and being amazed by a magician.
Over the holidays, the chapter volunteers took a few weeks off to relax and enjoy time off with their family and friends, but came back refreshed in January to host an update on Tax. Thank you to Olive for sending out the event survey to get feedback from the 100 attendees.
In February 2019, 115 members attended the Wealth Management Seminar. Thank you to our organizers, Amy and Natalya. The Chapter also hosted our first ever indoor kart racing event with 30 CPA members, students and candidates.
In March, 81 members attended The Gift of Time – Stopping the Cycle of Ineffective Meetings chapter PD seminar. The session was well received by the attendees and we hope to have Tammy Towill FCPA, FCMA back to deliver another session.
For the 2019 tax season, 20 CPA volunteers from our local chapter participated, between March and April, in the Tax Clinics hosted by Richmond Multicultural Community Services (RMCS). The volunteers devoted 322 hours and filed 288 returns for the low-income individuals and families.
In April, 98 attendees had the opportunity to learn about the rise and changing landscape of cryptocurrency and ICOs.
Our May Chapter PD had 75 members who came out to learn and reflect on the components that make up their culture and behaviors in the workplace and to get a better understanding on multiculturalism and its implications for oneself and for the workplace.
The spring Student Night Event attracted 37 attendees. Remember to check our chapter blog frequently so that you don’t miss a thing.
In June, 20 CPA members, students and candidates participated in the Shoreline Cleanup Day. The volunteers picked up 1,500 pieces of trash! It was a great time but bothersome to see so many cigarette butts on our beautiful shorelines. Later in the month, we held our Annual Chapter Event (50 attendees) at South Arm park for a delicious BBQ.
The Chapter is very much looking forward to the upcoming Richmond Maritime Festival community event to be held late July.
Thank you to:
- Jacqueline and Raymond for organizing the three public practice forums
- Shoran for organizing the chapter’s meeting logistics
- Ray, (the event registration guy), and Olive for organizing the communication to our chapter members, students and candidates ensuring that they are up to date with all of our events and news
- Angel for posting on the chapter’s various social media platforms
- Donella for stepping in as treasurer, which can be a demanding at times.
It was great serving you as Chapter Chair, and wishing good luck aplenty, to the chapter board of 2019/2020.