Awesome list, Nancy! It was indeed a great conference, and conference setting. Cheers, and I look forward to seeing you again. :-)
My top 10 experiences of #PWAC2017 (in no particular order)
1. Meeting so many great people - this was only my second conference, and I missed most of the evening social activities last year because I was driving into Vancouver from the suburbs. Before I even arrived in Fredericton, I had new PWAC friends I'd met in Pearson Airport.
2. The setting - Our hotel room overlooked the St. John River, and downtown Fredericton has so many beautifully maintained older buildings, including the gallery where we had our opening reception.
3. The cathedral tour - Our host for this tour knew an amazing amount of history, including tidbits that don't usually make it into the history books. Thoroughly enjoyable!
4. The PD sessions - I learned so much from so many people, both speakers and other participants.
5. The hospitality suite - I loved the size of our group, where a newbie like me could get to meet everyone.
6. The singing - I love singalongs, so to find one every night was heaven for me. (Thanks, Mark!)
7. Spending much of Thursday with a cousin of my father's whom I don't remember ever meeting before. Yet as soon as I saw him in the Lord Beaverbrook lobby, I knew who he was - he has the exact same build as my grandfather and his brothers had!
8. Being far enough east that I could rent a car after the conference and drive to Charlottetown to visit other relatives I hadn't seen for a long time, some for decades.
9. The round-table sessions - I appreciate an organization that gets far-flung members involved in planning at a deeper level than just voting on motions at the AGM.
10. The amazing organizing committee, who made this conference such a delight in every way. A special shout-out to them for sharing news of the WestJet seat sale that made it possible for me to attend a conference so far from home - thanks to you, I was able to meet new writers/friends, explore new places, re-establish family ties, and add immeasurable joy to my memory bank.
Such a great conference and AGM. Congrats to Trudy Kelly-Forsythe and her entire conference team for arranging and pulling off what in my opinion was, a perfect event!
Here are my Top 10 Moments from the 2017 PWAC Conference and AGM:
1. Connecting with old friends and making new ones. Being a Gemini, this is undoubtedly always my favourite thing about attending a PWAC conference. The camaraderie, fun, friendship, and support I share with and get from my PWAC colleagues is unsurpassed.
2. Getting my 20-year PWAC pin. I joined PWAC in 1997 and PWAC helped launched, and has nurtured my freelance writing career and development to an award-winning author. PWAC rocks in every way!
3. Singing in the Mark Kearney one-man-band. We usually have a fairly large band of troubadours at our annual singalong. But this year, Mark was the only musician to lead all us eager singers through a barrage of my favourite tunes. Thank you, Mark!
4. Realizing that PWAC is back on track and feeling the optimism for the future of our association during the perfectly executed AGM.
5. Walking over to the opening night Welcome Reception at Gallery 78. It was a beautiful walk on a warm and sunny evening past the legislative buildings with good friends. What could be better?
6. Appreciating the chocolate moments of the conference which began with my sharing some decadent chocolate from Adorable Chocolat in Shediac on the first night’s informal dinner and drinks in the pub, and continued with a superb chocolate brownie at the banquet, chocolate dipped potato chips during our nutrition break, and a Pal-o-Mine bar from Ganong in our goodie bags.
7. The day of Fredericton touring for story ideas. I visited the F’ton Farmers’ Market and the Beaverbrook Gallery and will write about both.
8. Witnessing my dear friend Christine Peets take on the role as the new President of PWAC. Christine is insightful, a good listener, an excellent collaborator, and completely dedicated to the future of PWAC. Under her leadership, I am confident that PWAC will continue to grow and prosper.
9. Meeting David Petrie and feeling grateful that we have an Association Manager (Chief Administrator) who will guide PWAC with a gentle hand and positive insights to help make PWAC the relevant force it should be on the landscape of Canadian freelance writers.
10. Seeing long-time friends Jay Remer, Kathe Lieber, and Veronica Leonard being acknowledged and honoured for the hard work they have done over the past couple of years to rebuild PWAC and set it on the right course for the future.
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