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With another successful Convention come and gone, I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of the volunteers who made it all happen.
Conventions require extensive preparation and planning, and as our organizers discovered yet again this year, they are always fraught with tremendous uncertainty regarding how many members will actually attend.
I found the Wetaskiwin Convention was very well organized, especially the number of volunteers on hand to guide and transport members and manage the various onsite venues.
The trade show was the largest ever held at a convention, and the location at the friendly Wetaskiwin Airport and at the Reynolds Alberta Museum was perfectly suited to a convention.
It was obvious the team was dedicated to make this the best possible experience for attendees.
A true measure of success was the many comments I received from members about how well this year’s convention unfolded, even in the quiet way the minor problems were dealt with behind the scenes so that members got the best possible experience.
One potential disaster, caused by the largest thunderstorm seen in the area in recent memory, was hard to hide from the members, but I particularly appreciated the way the team handled the situation so that the final banquet came off on time. Everyone who I talked to that evening enjoyed themselves despite the conditions.
COPA’s success depends on the help of volunteers. This year’s convention was successful because of the volunteer effort of the organizers and their volunteer team. We are holding next year’s convention at the Canadian Aviation Expo in Oshawa on 23 – 25 June and it is already taking shape. We are still looking for a volunteer group to come forward in Eastern Canada to organize the 2007 Convention.
If you and your group is interested, visit our web site under “About COPA” to find information regarding what is needed.
A big thank you to all the Westaskiwin group for a job well done.