June 2017 Print

From the President

As the end of another fiscal year approaches, I usually like to look back at our chapter’s achievements rather than focus on what is ahead. This time, however, I believe that it is particularly important to look forward as well.

After five rewarding and productive years as part of the APICS Fraser Valley board, I am stepping down as president. Two years ago, for the first time, our board created a strategic plan with audacious goals and objectives and I feel that it is now time to allow another member from our community to guide the chapter. The new leader will be fully committed to reach these objectives and passionate about looking for innovative ideas which will result in concrete progress for the Fraser Valley.

I count 2016 – 2017 among the most successful seasons of our chapter. We received the gold award for the second time in a row and it is my belief that the new board will keep up the momentum. 

Together we have placed renewed emphasis on student contribution to our chapter, and I was happy to see that many of you took full advantage of their unparalleled skills in operations management.

In this fiscal we had the largest PDM attendance in the history of our chapter and I see no reason why we would lose our enthusiasm and welcoming spirit in 2018.

This past year we also reached the 100 mark in membership and I believe that the growth of our chapter will not stop here; indeed, in the years ahead we will raise our brand in significant ways. The fusion with the Kelowna chapter is but a reflection of how impactful we can become.

Our chapter has an unusual sense of community and I am in awe of the ties of friendship and experiences that bind us together. What strikes me even more is the fact that our friends in Kelowna are ‘cut from the same cloth’, and for this very reason I see a bright future ahead of us.

It is my hope that you will not lose heart seeing that many of us decided to step down, at least for a season. We have been volunteering on our board for a number of years and are now ready for a well-deserved break.  I would like to thank Greg Carswell, Ilona Pretorius and Len Noble for their hard work and dedication towards our chapter. We will leave behind Scott Vander Molen, Tim McBride and Shirley Yang and are very thankful to see in them an incredible commitment to serve our chapter for another year.

I am also thankful to see new faces stepping up to the task: 

 Arnold Peters - President

 Mark Campbell - VP Operations & Programs

 Christina Taylor - VP Corporate Relations (Okanagan)

 Steve Aeichele - VP Marketing & Membership

Finally, I feel humbled for the trust you placed in me to represent you over the past three years and I am also grateful for that opportunity. Thank you.

I look forward to seeing you all in the fall.

Warmest regards,
Doina Besoiu MSc, CPIM, CSCP

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