West of Scotland Branch News

From Margaret Valenti

The West of Scotland Branch held its most recent meeting on Friday 13 May via Teams. Positive feedback was received about the Forum, which was a great success and well attended by the Branch. All welcomed the opportunity to network and catch up in person with other members and old friends after such a long time. The Branch was also delighted to see three members receive well-deserved awards at the event:

  • Leadership & Excellence Award – Joe Gilbey
  • Special Recognition Award – Margaret Valenti
  • Wilma Wilkie Outstanding Service Award – Stewart McKenzie

Following the national AGM last month, Joe Gilbey will be taking up the post of Branch Director. Joe shadowed at the last Council meeting in March and found it both interesting and informative. He was particularly impressed with the volume of work undertaken at national level. Joe is very much looking forward to taking up this new role and the Branch wish him well.

After a further postponement of the West of Scotland Learning and Development Day and Burns Supper 2023, the event is now back on track and a provisional date has been given for 10 February 2023.

Finally, it was agreed to return the Branch calendar back to its original frequency before the pandemic. Meetings will be held bi-monthly, with a month off in the summer. The format will be a balance of both face-to-face and Teams meetings. It was agreed that while Teams meetings do have their place in terms of attendance etc., face-to-face meetings are generally the preferred option for discussion and interaction.

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