OCAA News Jan-Feb 2012

Our seminars guide attendees to success by providing practical information that can be used by companies on a daily basis. They also provide CEUs for certified arborists and tree workers. Check out our upcoming schedule and register today! Space tends to fill up rapidly. And finally, best wishes to everyone within the Ontario Arboricultural Community in 2012 and we look forward to seeing many of you throughout the year at various events.

The year 2012 has arrived. Resolutions to lose weight, get healthy, improve lifestyle, contact an old friend, etc. are made by many, and for a large percentage, are broken shortly thereafter. Regardless, with a new year, change is in the air at the OCAA – and we like to be progressive – our changes began a month early in December. We changed the venue of our Annual General Meeting from Nottawasaga to the Holiday Inn in Guelph. A good time was had by all, especially once the business affairs of the Association were finished, with attendees enjoying a buffet-style supper and a great evening social. For a few members, the evening social ended too early so a small group took in the Guelph nightlife, which included some questionable line dancing and mechanical bull riding… 

Thank-you to Sharon Munro, our Office Administrator, for the time, hard work and energy she put in to organizing another successful conference. During our AGM, a new board was ushered in. With two directors retiring (Paul Hanousek and Mark Powell), it was time to bring in some new blood. Congratulations to Patricia Thomson of Kelly’s Tree Care and Craig Southwell of Bartlett Tree Experts who were elected by the membership to fill the vacant positions. A special thank-you to both Paul and Mark for your years of service to the Board and Association. 

Lastly, our winter education portfolio has been finalized with many new opportunities starting with a two-day presentation by the Landscape Management Network at the end of January. As a business owner or manager, you won’t want to miss the vast information provided during this seminar. Our popular annual February dinner is back on again for those OCAA members heading to the ISAO Conference in Kingston next month. Be sure to check our workshop schedule: Full details... Registration form... You can also contact Sharon Munro at 416-410-8770, ocaa@fourseasonstreecare.com.  
— Mark Graves, OCAA President

Our mission is to enhance and promote the care and benefit of trees for present and future generations in Ontario through education, research and awareness.