Dear members and friends of MSBCA,
In August, our performance groups received invitations to perform at two events. On Saturday, August 11 it was at Dance Mela 2018 presented by the Shakthi Shethralaya School of Dance, a fundraiser for girls education and empowerment. On Saturday, August 18 it was at the Chinatown Street Festival organized by the Chinatown District Business Improvement Area. Kudos to all our wonderful performers led by Adrine and Irene for showcasing MSBCA and its cultures!
Our second-ever Kopitiam was held on Saturday, August 25 in our clubhouse, open to the public, to exhibit the traditional foods of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. I want to congratulate the Kopitiam Committee led by Jesse, Emily, Jill, Sandy and James for a great event that brought many familiar and new faces to the community together in preparing, cooking and food-tasting.
September will be no less a busy month! For many of our members, it will be back to school or back to work. For MSBCA, we have a few invitations to participate at Alberta Cultural Days between September 28-30 with the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre and the Burc Intercultural Centre.
Sunday, September 16 will be our annual volunteer appreciation party. According to the final list of invitations sent out, nearly 150 volunteers of all ages made a difference to MSBCA this year and we hope to celebrate with each one of you a wonderful year and a job well done! This year’s party will have a fun venue with indoor and outdoor games, prizes, and refreshments.
Our community association is made possible by the efforts, dedication and strengths of its volunteers, members and supporters. It has a structure with the Board at the top, as the highest decision-making body. Between September 21 to October 14, the online nomination process will be held for members to apply for positions on the Board of 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. Elections will be held at the AGM on October 21.
I encourage all volunteers and members of MSBCA to consider deeply reaching out to anyone they know who would be a good candidate for the Board. Serving on the Board is a great act of community service. It is a good resume-builder, a great way to meet people in the community and get yourself known, and an excellent experience-builder of all sorts of skills in leadership, decision-making and public relations.
As president, I simply want to say this: the Board welcomes talent and it needs talent. Talented individuals can shape a community and leave their legacy for years to come. Talented individuals can dream and make their ideas a reality in community that is always evolving and defining itself.