It is an exciting time to be a graphic designer and be involved in the GDC. Our profession is evolving and the GDC is helping to shape it.
National AGM to be held in Atlantic Canada
Every year GDC chapter representatives from across Canada meet to form the National Council at the GDC National AGM. The next National AGM, in April 2012, will be held in Moncton, NB, where the National Council will be electing a new national executive to fill the positions of President, Corporate Secretary, Treasurer, VP Communications, VP Membership, VP Education and VP Web.
The AGM starts on Thursday evening and continues all day Friday and Saturday. The National council ranges in size from 35 to 45 people, representing the GDC chapters and affiliated professional design organizations.
GDC members in good standing who would be interested in attending the National AGM to observe the proceedings may apply for observer status.
Atlantic Graphic Design Conference being planned
To take advantage of the GDC bringing industry leaders from across Canada to Moncton for the National AGM next April, local graphic designers are currently discussing having a design conference to immediately follow the AGM.
If you would like to see a design conference take place in Atlantic Canada, this would be a good time to get involved and help get this initiative off the ground.
GDC Atlantic elections to be held in January
January 2012 will see GDC Atlantic hold its biennial AGM in Halifax, NS, where a new chapter executive will be elected which will lead to a new council being formed. If you are interested in getting involved at the local or national level now is a good time to step forward as the council is putting together its succession team.
The five chapter executive positions: President, Vice President, Corporate Secretary, Treasurer, and National Representative, will be available for those interested in leadership roles. Positions for regional representatives, organization liaisons and committee chairs will also be available. Likewise, there are committees at the local or national level that are working in the areas of certification, communication, education, events, membership, sponsorship, sustainability, volunteer coordination and website development.Wherever your strengths or interests may lie, there is a role you can fill in the GDC.
Help make it happen
As professional designers we need a professional association to assist and lead us. As a professional organization that is volunteer based, nothing happens unless our members are involved and actively participating. It is because of this, the old adage “you get what you put into it” is very true. We all are busy managing our careers or businesses, but the time invested in the GDC strengthens the profession, builds stronger ties across the country and creates opportunities for all of us in the profession.
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Richard Osborne CGD
GDC Atlantic President
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