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Happy Summer Toronto!

The days have been cooler as of late but they have been peppered with sunny days. We must all make the most of them! I wanted to speak to a few momentous events that recently past.

First off, I attended the University of Toronto’s iSchool Convocation Awards and reception ceremony on June 12th.  I had the pleasure of presenting the Kathleen Reeves Memorial Award to Alexandra Woinowsky-Krieger. Awarded annually to a full-time or part-time MI student who ranks highest in the elective course, INF2158H – Management of Corporate and Other Special Information Centres, obtaining a standing of at least A in that course and average of not less than B+ in the MI program. Congratulations to all the new graduates!

The day after this I hopped on a plane to join my fellow information professionals in Boston for the SLA 2015 Annual Conference. I was excited because it was my first experience at this conference. There were so many sessions to choose from…I decided to make the most of the conference by speaking and networking with seasoned attendees. My favourite ones were the “Quick Take” power sessions. They lasted 15 minutes each and packed a punch when it came to tactics you can hit the ground running with. Instead of taking notes furiously and stressing about the sessions I was missing I realized following the conference via Twitter and Instagram proved super valuable. I engaged by including my own points about the sessions I attended (you can follow me @jadepeony on Twitter).

The amazing networking and professional development opportunities that the SLA Annual Conference offered was bar none. The fact that it was held in Boston was even more awesome. A visit to the Boston Public Library was made even more wonderful when a librarian found out I was a visiting from Toronto and decided to give me a personal tour of the newly renovated Teen Library space. So, short highlights I know but it is better if you ask me in person at the next SLA Toronto Chapter event…then I can ramble on even more about my first SLA Conference experience!

—Carmen Lee
SLA Toronto’s President-elect

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SLA 2015 Board Announced

A warm congratulations to the elected SLA Board of Directors for 2015!  A special mention goes out to Toronto’s own Kim Silk, this year’s Toronto Chapter Past President and long-time active SLA-er.  These are the folks who will be leading our association in the coming year:

  • President Elect: Tom Rink
  • Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect: Kim Silk
  • Division Cabinet Chair-Elect: Ruth Kneale
  • Directors: Kevin Adams and Catherine Lavalee-Welch

The five new Board members begin their terms on January 1st, 2015, and will attend their first in-person Board meeting at the SLA Leadership Summit, held this year from January 20-23, in Baltimore, Maryland.  They will join the 10 current members of the SLA Board of Directors whose terms continue through 2015.  Read and share the full press release.

I want to encourage all of you to get to know your new leaders!  You will have opportunities to interact with them at both the Leadership Summit and the SLA Conference in Boston next year.  And, of course, you can easily reach our very own Kim Silk here in Toronto.

SLA Toronto 2015 Board Announced

At the local level, I am so pleased to announce our incoming Board of Directors for the Toronto Chapter, many of whom have served on the Toronto Chapter Board in another capacity or on SLA Division Boards, and who continue to devote tireless energy and volunteer hours to our association.  They are:

  • President: Bernadette Roca
  • President-Elect: Carmen Lee
  • Past-President and SLA Conference Coordinator: Erin McDonald
  • Secretary: Christine DeLuca
  • Treasurer: Stacey Piesner
  • Partners Relations Director: Laura Warner
  • Programming Director: Patricia Aspinwall
  • Technology Director: Caroline Chung
  • Membership Director: Kate Johnson
  • First Five Years Coordinator: Stephanie Quail

I’d also like to highlight our new Advisory Board members:

  • Partners Relations Coordinator: Matt Gertler
  • Webmaster: Yasuko Enosawa
  • Archivist: Kristina Fry
  • 2015 Conference Planning Coordinator: Erin McDonald
  • Courier Co-Editors: Catherine MacGregor and Kathryn Ziedenberg
  • Toronto West Coordinators: Pam Casey and Brian Rooney

As with our association leaders, I want to encourage each of you to reach out to those of us on the Toronto Board with your thoughts and ideas.  Get to know us!  We want to get to know you.  And to that end, we will be hosting our Meet the Board event on February 10, from 6-8pm, at Artisano Bakery.  More details will be forthcoming closer to the event date.  I hope to see many new and familiar faces there, and before that, at our Holiday Social (on December 11th at the Arts and Letters Club).

Please join me in welcoming our new Chapter leaders!

Leadership Summit 2015

As noted earlier, this year’s Leadership Summit will be held from January 20-23, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland.  For those of you interested in attending, early registration rates apply until December 22.

Have you thought about attending Leadership Summit but weren’t sure if you could or should?  Did you know that Leadership Summit is open to the entire membership?  That’s right – Leadership Summit isn’t just for current Chapter or Division leaders, but for any SLA member interested in leadership and making further contributions to the future of our association.  Whether you are interested in developing your leadership skills, participating on a Chapter or Division board, joining a committee, or simply improving your knowledge of the association, Leadership Summit has something for you.

I attended my first Leadership Summit last year and had an eye-opening experience.  I found it to be a great opportunity to interact with the other leaders in our association in a smaller and more focused setting.  I strongly urge you to attend Leadership Summit and become more actively involved with your association, so please join Kim Silk and I in Baltimore!  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

SLA 2014 Virtual Conference

Lastly, for those of you who missed out on SLA Conference in Vancouver this year, a recording of the Virtual Conference sessions is available for sale on the SLA website.  And for those of you who were VIP attendees but may have missed these sessions, the recordings will be made available to you free of charge!  I know I am looking forward to attending the webinar on ‘Finding Those Who Don’t Want to Be Found’, a popular and intriguing session that I missed this year.

For more information and to read up about the sessions, check out the 2014 SLA Virtual Conference page.

—Bernadette Roca
SLA Toronto’s President-elect

Posted in V52-N1-Fall 2014, Volume 52Comments (0)

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Post-Conference Wrap-Up

President Erin McDonald and I have just returned from SLA 2014, which was held in beautiful Vancouver this year.  As always, the conference was full of stimulating sessions, fantastic networking opportunities, and – surprisingly – lovely, sunny weather.  I was very happy to see such a strong turnout from Toronto Chapter members – over 30 in attendance!  And, of course, many colleagues from our hosts, the Western Canada Chapter, and from the Eastern Canada Chapter, were also in attendance.

This year’s conference, like last year’s, was held over three days instead of four – which meant there was a lot of content and activities to pack into a short amount of time.  This also meant that new formats were tried, like Quick Takes (15 minute presentations), Spotlight Sessions, and some overlapping sessions.

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out the Twitter conversations using hashtag #SLA2014.  So many insights and takeaways were shared through Twitter, but you can also check out upcoming post-conference webinars or attend the Virtual Conference when sessions are released later this year.  You can also follow #SLA2015 if you want to start planning ahead for Leadership Summit 2015 in Baltimore, or SLA Conference 2015 in Boston.

Future Planning

I’m now starting to gear up in earnest for my year as President in 2015, and welcome any questions, suggestions, or comments about the Toronto Chapter, how we’re serving you, SLA governance, or any other inquiries.  We are also always looking for volunteers, so please don’t be afraid to pipe up if you’d like to take a more active role in the Chapter.  Please email me at Bernadette (dot) roca (at) gmail (dot) com.

I’m looking forward to the rest of 2014, and to the new year!

Happy summer,

—Bernadette Roca
SLA Toronto’s President-elect

Posted in The Courier, V51-N4-Summer 2014, Volume 51Comments (0)

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Happy Spring, Toronto!

Although the recent rainy weather may put a damper on your spirits, there’s still lots to look forward to within SLA.  It’s particularly busy this year with awards announcements, board nominations, the sale of the SLA HQ building, and the Annual Conference right around the corner.

Read on for more details!

Awards Announcement

The following SLA members will be recognized at SLA 2014 Annual Conference in Vancouver for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the association:

-SLA Fellows: Mary Ellen Bates, Daniel Lee (Toronto Chapter Past President!!), Tony Landolt, Catherine Lavellée-Welch, & Leslie Reynolds
-SLA Rising Stars: Angela Kent, Tanya Whippie, & Sam Wiggins

Stay tuned for announcements about the rest of the SLA Honors & Awards that will be presented in Vancouver.  All awards recipients will be recognized at the Sunday General Session & Awards Presentation, which kicks off Conference on Sunday, June 8th.

2015 SLA Board of Directors Nominations

The SLA Nominating Committee recently announced the ten candidates that will stand for election for five positions on the 2015 SLA Board of Directors.  Of special mention is our very own Kim Silk, Past President of the SLA Toronto Chapter, who is in the running for Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect.

You will be voting for your preferred candidate in September this year, so I encourage you to keep an eye on the SLA Blog for candidate bios and posts where candidates will be answering questions.  For those of you attending Conference 2014 in Vancouver, you will be able to speak with the candidates at the INFO-EXPO Hall (date and time still to be announced).  You can also easily follow and interact with each of these candidates via Twitter to learn more about them.

The candidates running for election are:

-President-Elect: Jim DelRosso (@niwandajones) & Tom Rink (@coplibrarian)
-Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect: Kim Silk (@kimberlysilk) & David Cappoli (@dcappoli)
-Division Cabinet Chair-Elect: Ruth Kneale (@desertlibrarian) & Valerie Perry (@vperryky)
-Director (2 positions): Kevin Adams, Dr. Saif Al-Jabri (@saif900), Elaine Lasda Bergman (@ElaineLibrarian), & Catherine Lavellée-Welch (@englib)

SLA Building Sale

The SLA Board of Directors recently announced the sale of the headquarters building in Alexandria, VA.  For those of you who have not had a chance to review the decision, SLA has put up on its blog a Memo on the sale, answers to some questions posed by members, and a recording of the Q&A webinar given on April 30th.  Please check them out if you have not already done so.

Many of you have raised questions and concerns, which has resulted in some meaningful, healthy, and significant debate and discussion on the sale, the plan for the liquidated funds, and the future viability of the association.  I think that discussion has been extremely important, and will continue to be as SLA moves forward with the sale.

With that in mind, I want to encourage each and every one of you to continue voicing your thoughts, raising questions, and bringing forth ideas for how to revitalize SLA and reinvest the funds from the building sale into the membership and service offerings. Although we may not all see eye-to-eye on the sale of the building, I think we are all on the same page about the future of this association: we want it to thrive, succeed, and be a vibrant and vital home for our professional community.

The Toronto Chapter is lucky to be full of such engaged members who have a wealth of experience and brilliant ideas.  Let’s take this opportunity to put forward ideas, suggestions, and input into the future plan for the funds from the building sale, and to contribute directly to the improvement, revitalization, and progress of SLA.  Please don’t hesitate to email Erin McDonald or me directly with questions, concerns, or ideas.

SLA Annual Conference 2014 – In Vancouver!

The SLA Annual Conference 2014 is being held on home turf this year, in beautiful Vancouver, BC!  This means that in addition to all of the amazing networking and professional development opportunities conference offers, you’ll also be able to take in Vancouver’s natural beauty, go on some great hikes in and around the area, and taste some of Canada’s best cuisine.  The SLA Western Canada Chapter has put together several articles with Vancouver tips and suggestions for sightseeing, and you can follow @SLA2014Tips on Twitter for up-to-the-minute ideas.  You can also start planning your conference experience by using the fantasticSLA 2014 Conference Planner, which can be synced with your phone or Google/Outlook/Apple calendars.

For those of you who have already registered during the Early Bird period, you’re automatically a VIP!  Check out this blog post to find more details on your special VIP perks.  And if you’re a first-timer, be sure to attend the “Fellows and First Timers Meet” on Sunday, June 7th at 5pm, and review these tips on the SLA website.

I hope to see many of you in Vancouver this year.  Let’s get out there and demonstrate the strength and vitality of the Canadian chapters!

All the best,

—Bernadette Roca
SLA Toronto’s President-elect

Posted in The Courier, V51-N3-Spring 2014, Volume 51Comments (0)

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2014 Leadership Summit

Erin McDonald and I recently returned from SLA Leadership Summit 2014, held this year in Memphis, Tennessee in the middle of January.  Although temperatures hovered around zero degrees Celsius, it felt downright balmy compared to the Arctic weather we’ve been receiving in Toronto lately!

The weather, however, was only a small part of what made Leadership Summit so enjoyable.  Catching up with familiar faces, meeting fellow passionate volunteers, sharing ideas with the SLA Board and other chapter leaders, and connecting with colleagues in different fields was such a pleasure.  If you have never been and are considering it, I would encourage each and every one of you to attend Leadership Summit, as the connections made and lessons learned are so valuable.  However, if you missed it this year, you can still catch up on the many tweets and conversations on Twitter using the hashtag #slaleads.

One of the most interesting topics of conversation this year was Treasurer John DiGilio’s summary of the state of the association’s finances which, I’m happy to report, are healthy and seeing even more improvements with stable membership retention.  More information on association finances, strategic plan, vision, and mission can be found on the SLA website. In addition, Toronto’s own Zena Applebaum gave an inspiring session on competitive intelligence, human intelligence, and the proactive leadership and analyst roles that information professionals can take every day in their jobs and throughout their careers.

It was announced at Leadership that SLA will be releasing its first all-member survey in seven years at the end of January.  I strongly encourage all members to participate, as it is your opportunity to make your voice and opinions heard, and to improve the state of the association. Another exciting announcement was the recognition of this year’s Rising Stars and Fellows.  A special congratulations goes out to our very own Daniel Lee, who was named a Fellow this year for his many contributions to the Toronto Chapter and the association.  The 2014 Rising Stars and Fellows will be honoured at the Annual Conference in June.  

2014 SLA Conference and INFO-EXPO

Speaking of Conference, I am excited to announce that the SLA 2014 Conference and INFO-EXPO is taking place in Vancouver, BC, this year!  Hosted by the Western Canada Chapter, this year’s conference is sure to be packed with informative sessions and unmissable opportunities for networking and connecting with colleagues from around the world.  SLA Conference is a fantastic platform for investing in yourself and your career, so I sincerely hope each of you will join Erin and me in Vancouver this year.  To find out more and plan your visit, go to the Conference website.

— Bernadette Roca
SLA Toronto’s President-elect

Posted in The Courier, V51-N2-Winter 2014, Volume 51Comments (0)

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SLA 2014 BOARD ANNOUNCED

With autumn comes election season, and SLA has chosen its executive slate for 2014. Congratulations to the elected Board of Directors for 2014:

President-Elect: Jill Strand
Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect: James King
Division Cabinet Chair-Elect: Juliane Schneider
Directors: Moy McIntosh, Bethan Ruddock

The 5 new Board members begin their terms on January 1, 2014, and will attend their first in-person Board meeting at the SLA Leadership Summit January 15-17, in Memphis, Tennessee. They will join 10 current members of the SLA Board of Directors whose terms continue through 2014. Read and share the full press release.

SLA TORONTO 2014 BOARD ANNOUNCED

At the Toronto Chapter level, I would like to share with you our own 2014 slate of elected directors:

President: Erin McDonald
President-Elect: Bernadette Roca
Past President: Kim Silk
Treasurer: Melanie Browne
Secretary: Helen Kula
Technology Director: Stephanie Quail
Membership Director: Carmen Lee
Programming Director: Emmeline Hobbs, Patricia Aspinwall
Partner Relations Director: Laura Warner
First 5 Years Director: Christina DeLuca

It is going to be a great year for SLA Toronto!

LEADERSHIP SUMMIT DATES AND LOCATION ANNOUNCED

As noted above, the dates and location for the SLA Annual Leadership Summit have been set for January 15-17, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Leadership Summit isn’t just for current SLA members in Chapter or Division leadership roles­—it’s for any SLA member with an interest in leadership and in contributing to the future of the association. I attended my first Leadership Summit in 2013 and had a fantastic experience.

Smaller and more focused than the SLA Annual Conference, the Leadership Summit attracts leaders from everywhere in the association, all interested in how to continue to shape SLA in a way that our members want and need. If you’re interested in developing your leadership skills and getting more involved in the association, please join Bernadette Roca and I in Memphis in January. If you have any questions about the leadership summit, feel free to send me an email at mcdonald.e (at) gmail (dot) com.

— Erin McDonald
SLA Toronto’s President-Elect

Posted in The Courier, V51-N1-Fall 2013, Volume 51Comments (0)

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We’ve returned from SLA 2013, held in San Diego this past June!

Be sure to check out all the Twitter chatter that happened if you missed it, which is found under the hashtag #SLA2013. You can also plan ahead for next year’s events.

We had over 30 SLA Toronto members in attendance, plus many of our colleagues from the SLA Eastern Canada and Western Canada chapters. More detailed numbers for conference attendance will be available once they are released by SLA Headquarters.

The big change this year was that the conference ran two days instead of three. The change was in response to members who have been unable to attend past conferences due to financial constraints or work commitments. Hopefully this new format allowed even more SLAers to attend the annual conference and experience the amazing benefits. We’ll be hearing more feedback from the conference organizers shortly, and find out more on the impact of the change.

Did you attend SLA 2013? If you did and you’d like to share your thoughts on the benefits of attending, please feel free to send me a quick email at mcdonald (dot) e (at) gmail (dot) com. I’d love to hear from our members about why they go to conference, and might like to quote you next year when promoting registration.

You might also like to email me if you have any questions about SLA, as I prepare for my year as President in 2014. I’d welcome your thoughts and suggestions on how we’ve been serving our members, and of course, how we can continue to improve.

Happy summer!

— Erin McDonald
SLA Toronto’s President-Elect

Posted in The Courier, V50-N4-Summer 2013Comments (0)

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It’s a busy time for the SLA Board of Directors, with awards and nominations recently announced, and the annual conference quickly approaching. Here’s a rundown of the recent SLA award winners, the 2014 Board nominees, and how to get connected for this year’s annual conference.

Honouring Our Outstanding Colleagues

The following information professionals will be recognized at the SLA 2013 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO for their outstanding professional achievements and association contributions:

John Cotton Dana Award — Dan Trefethen
SLA Hall of Fame Inductees — Gloria Zamora & Agnes Mattis
Rose L. Vormelker Award — Pam Rollo & Dee Magnoni
ProQuest Dialog Member Achievement Award — Jill Strand
SLA Fellows — David Cappoli, Dennie Heye, Martha Foote, Mary Talley, & Rebecca Vargha
SLA Rising Stars — Alyson Avery, Kendra K. Levine, Aileen Marshall, Amy Sarola, & Rachel Bates Wilfahrt

The above recipients will be recognized at the Sunday General Session & Awards Presentation, which kicks off the 2013 Annual Conference on June 9th.

Additionally, Susan Morely, Manager, Information & Knowledge Management of CSA Group and a fellow Toronto Chapter member, is the recipient of the 2013 SLA Engineering Librarian of the Year Award. Susan will be receiving her award at the Annual Conference Engineering Division Luncheon & Business Meeting on Monday, June 10 at 12:00pm.

2014 SLA Board of Directors Nominations

The Special Libraries Association’s Nominating Committee has identified 10 candidates to stand for election for 5 positions on the 2014 SLA Board of Directors. SLA members will be able to speak with the candidates at the annual conference on Monday, June 10, from 2-3pm in the INFO-EXPO Hall. The election will be held electronically in mid-September 2013. The 10 candidates running for election are:

For President-Elect — Leslie Reynolds & Jill Strand
For Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect — James King & Valerie Ryder
For Division Cabinet Chair-Elect — Pamela Enrici & Juliane Schneider
For Director (2 positions) — Tony Landolt, Moy McIntosh, Valerie Perry, & Bethan Ruddock

More information about SLA’s governance practices and leadership can be found on the SLA Governance website.

San Diego Connections

The annual conference is in sunny San Diego this year, so aside from all the networking and professional development opportunities, you can also enjoy some great weather, beaches, and even a world famous zoo. To plan for San Diego, start by visiting the conference website, and don’t forget to follow the conference and your colleagues on Twitter.

Still not sold on attending annual conference this year? Watch this great video from SLA about why attending the 2013 San Diego conference is a great investment in you.

— Erin McDonald
SLA Toronto’s President-Elect

Posted in The Courier, V50-N3-Spring 2013Comments (0)

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2013 Leadership Summit

Kim Silk and I had the honour of attending the 2013 SLA Leadership Summit in Dallas, Texas at the beginning of February. It was a wonderful few days spent reconnecting and sharing with SLA colleagues from across the globe, and in particular the SLA Board of Directors. You can catch up on the Twitter conversations and updates from the Leadership Summit using the hashtag #slaleads.

One of the most important topics of conversation at this year’s Leadership Summit was the five-point plan the Board of Directors has developed for 2013. This plan focuses on conference, professional development, volunteering, collaboration, and growth through diversification. Another exciting topic at the Leadership Summit was the unveiling of a new SLA.org website. This new site will be launched soon, with an improved user experience and design. We were impressed and are excited to see the new site in action—we think you will be too!

This year’s Rising Stars and Fellows were announced during the Leadership Summit. An extra special mention goes to Toronto’s own Martha Foote, who was named as a Fellow this year. Thank you for your time and contributions to SLA, Martha—congratulations!

2013 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO

The SLA 2013 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO will take place in sunny San Diego, California  June 9 -11. I strongly encourage you to attend; the Annual Conference is an incredible opportunity for professional development and networking, and is a great opportunity to invest in yourself and in your career. To find out more about the conference visit the conference website, and remember to mark your calendar to attend in June!

— Erin McDonald
SLA Toronto’s President-Elect

Posted in The Courier, V50-N2-Winter 2013, Volume 50Comments (0)

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SLA 2013 BOARD ANNOUNCED

With autumn comes election season—and while our colleagues in the U.S. ponder who they will choose for their president for the next four years, SLA has chosen its executive slate for 2013. Congratulations to the elected Board of Directors for 2013:

President-Elect: Kate Arnold
Treasurer: John DiGilio
Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect: Kama Siegel
Division Cabinet Chair-Elect: Tara Murray

To learn more about our elected directors visit the SLA website.

The four new board members will begin their terms on January 1, 2013, and will meet in-person at the SLA Leadership Summit from February 6-9, 2013, in Dallas, Texas. They will join eleven current members of the SLA Board of Directors whose terms continue through 2013.

SLA TORONTO 2013 BOARD ANNOUNCED

At the Toronto Chapter level, I would like to express my excitement for our own 2013 slate of elected directors:

President: Kimberly Silk
President-Elect: Erin McDonald
Past President: Laura Warner
Treasurer: Melanie Browne
Secretary: Helen Kula
Technology Director: Greg Barber
Membership Director: Christina DeLuca
Programming Director: Bernadette Roca
Partner Relations Director: Kim Stymest
First 5 Years Director: Stacey Piesner

I’m very much looking forward to working with this team. On Tuesday, November 6 at the Toronto Chapter Annual General Meeting, the elected slate was acclaimed.

LEADERSHIP SUMMIT DATES AND LOCATION ANNOUNCED

As noted above, the dates and location for the SLA Annual Leadership Summit have been set:

SLA Leadership Summit 2013
February 6-9, 2013
Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown Hotel
Dallas, Texas

Leadership Summit isn’t just for current SLA members in Chapter or Division leadership roles­—it’s for any SLA member with an interest in leadership and in contributing to the future of the association. I attended my first Leadership Summit in 2012 and loved it. Smaller and more focused than the SLA Annual Conference, the Leadership Summit attracts leaders from everywhere in the association, resulting in high-quality, intensive, invigorating, and inspiring conversations about how to continue to build SLA into the association members want and need. If you’re interested in developing your leadership skills and getting more involved in the association, please join Erin McDonald and I in Dallas this February. If you have any questions about the leadership summit, please ask!

— Kimberly Silk
SLA Toronto’s President-Elect

Posted in The Courier, V50-N1-Fall 2012, Volume 50Comments (0)

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