President – Jacquie Link
As we approach the end of my two-year term as President I can’t help but reflect on how quickly the time has passed. As a member of the CAFI Executive since 2011, and during my term as President, I have appreciated the opportunity to get involved and work with a wide variety of professionals involved in fire investigation throughout Canada. It has been a privilege to collaborate with such a dedicated group of people with a sincere desire to improve our Association.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow Executive and Regional Board members, both past and present, as well as the Journal and committee members and acknowledge their invaluable contributions in providing leadership and their ongoing commitment to benefit CAFI members. And on behalf of the Executive I would like to thank Golden Planners for their guidance and support in providing Secretariat and National Executive Services. The service and dedication of this collaborative team has meant a lot to me and, more importantly, to this Association.
The 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. EST by teleconference. An invitational email will be sent to all CAFI members prior to the meeting and will include participation details. Please be sure to respond to the Notice of CAFI 2016 Annual General Meeting no later than Monday, November 14th to register and receive the teleconference access code and AGM materials in order to participate.
One of the items to be discussed at the AGM will be nominations to fill openings on the National and Regional committees and we welcome nominations to fill those spots. We encourage our members to get actively involved in representing your profession and your organization, and also ask that you encourage your colleagues and associates to join us.
I know that I have said it before, but it bears repeating that the success of any organization is the people who are involved and I encourage each and every member to get involved and be part of YOUR organization. We can only get better with your help and involvement.
If you are interested in one of the open positions, or know of a colleague or associate who may be interested, please let us know no later than the end of October.
On behalf of the CAFI executive I would like to thank CAFI members for the overwhelming responses to the CAFI survey sent to members earlier this year. The responses to the survey, both positive and negative, are most appreciated and that information is being used to develop a strategic plan with the goal of adding value to your CAFI membership through various vehicles. A synopsis of the survey results will be provided in the next edition of The Journal.
The CAFI Training Committee has been meeting on a regular basis to provide valuable training opportunities that will provide additional value for your CAFI membership. For an update from the Training Committee please check out the article on page 25 of the most recent edition of the CAFI Journal Volume 3.
Congratulations to the CAFI members who have obtained the CCFI-C designation. A list of members who have obtained the CCFI-C designation is posted on the CAFI website on the CCFI-C Designation page.
In closing I would like to say that it has been a privilege and an honour to have served as your President, and I send my sincere thanks for a memorable two years.
Jacquie Link, IAAI-CFI, CCFI-C, CFEI, CVFI
Canadian Association of Fire Investigators