CCI Review - 2020/2021 - #4

A Journey with a Future By: Trish Kaplan, CCI (Hons), Administrator

CCI National organization to respond to the support needed. Every organization requires administrative support. Joan Agnew (a blessing) was the first to take the reigns as the Executive Director to perform brilliantly in setting up the chapter ’ s administrative plan of action to grow the chapter. Joan served the chapter in this capacity with dedication until April 15, 1998 and thereafter as a director on the CCI Board until 2010. In 1998, Joan passed the reigns to Lee Miernecki who held the position of Administrator until the Spring of 2003 when I came on board. My own journey with CCI began when a lawyer, Jeffrey Phillips, and an accountant, Michael Lander, (sorry, there was no bar and no joke) both friends and familiar with the scope of my volunteer history in non - profit organizations in London reached out to meet to discuss a replacement Administrator for the chapter. I didn ’ t realize at the time they were considering me for the position. I had already been introduced to the condominium lifestyle because our family bought and moved into a condominium a couple of years before. The property was managed by Susan Size of Thorne Property Management Ltd, so I was acquainted with her as an owner. As magic can happen, Sue was coming in as president of the chapter and Jeff and Michael proposed a meeting with Sue before cementing an offer of the position. I was excited to meet with Sue and more so, to find we were most definitely of like minds toward growing CCI in London and Area. Our journey together began and I haven ’ t looked back. We worked tremendously well together and we

A journey is not always defined as “ to travel a distance ”. There are roads in our life ’ s journey, planned or not, smooth or bumpy and those in between. Each journey can lead to paths least expected; still adventurous, surprising, welcome and rewarding. This past year was certainly filled with more bumps than we would have ever anticipated, and we have learned from them. Spring can usher in a new lease on life. It is a time of year to watch the spout of new growth to enjoy. In this second year of restrictions, and transition, it is likely that we will depend on our immediate surroundings for new adventures. Looking Back Many of us are returning to memories to keep us entertained and upbeat. The same can be said in work as well as home. I was invited share times gone by in our chapter and share some of the highlights that many of us were there for. Prior to the inception of the local area chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) in 1992, education and networking opportunities in condominiums were understandably recognized by interested parties embracing the industry. At the time, travel to Toronto for seminars and conferences devised by CCI and the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO) was the only way to expand their knowledge and accessibility to opportunities to respond to the growth here. CCI was actually the only education opportunity for condominium directors. Expansions in the industry in this area created demands for a local chapter of the

Trish Kaplan , CCI (Hon’s) is the current part-time Adminis- trator for the CCI-London and Area Chapter, also having served in the position from April 2003-September 2010 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from CCI Na- tional in November 2006. She served on the Board of Direc- tors from 2010 to 2015 when she returned as Administrator. Trish is also a former condo- minium manager.

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