Annual General Meeting
The Board of Directors of Lifelong Learning Mississauga
Cordially invites you to attend our Eighth Annual General Meeting
- To receive the organization’s annual report and financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2021
- To elect directors
- To transact such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting
- To celebrate another successful year
Friday, June 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
This year’s AGM will be a Zoom meeting
If you would like to join us, RSVP by June 11, 2021
Email: Lifelong Learning Mississauga
Lifelong Learning Mississauga
Annual General Meeting
A Message from the Board Chair
Lifelong Learning Mississauga has been offering enlightening, educational and entertaining lecture series to growing audiences of older adults in Mississauga since 2013. Every June we get together to celebrate the past year’s highlights at an Annual General Meeting, where all members are invited to join the volunteers and the Board in marking the year’s successes.
For a second year, the 2021 AGM will be held virtually, as a Zoom interactive meeting, on Friday, June 18, and everyone is welcome to attend and participate.
With the arrival of COVID-19 and the public health restrictions, Lifelong Learning Mississauga had to switch from in-person educational events to online learning. We were lucky to have volunteers who had knowledge and experience in this field. With much planning and work, LLM shifted to webinars and presented two series online in the fall of 2020. Prompted by the support from our participants and aware of older adults’ increased sense of isolation and boredom during the pandemic, LLM offered two lecture series during the winter months. A special thanks to the Program Committee who, with little notice, organized the winter series, and to the new Technology Committee who made it all possible.
Participants have increased access to our webinars as registration was not limited by room capacity. As a result, our programs reached more older adults and registration exceeded previous years’ numbers. The resulting increased funds were donated to Mississauga’s Meals on Wheels, Mississauga Food Band and the Third Age Network, an umbrella association of third age learning organizations in Ontario.
All LLM meetings, including last year’s AGM, were held by Zoom. Our volunteers miss the personal contact with their colleagues but have been remarkably successful in continuing to conduct the business of the organization remotely.
The Board continues to shift from an operational board to a governance board. This shift is led by the Governance Committee who drafted two new policies, which were approved by the Board. In addition, this committee led our second strategic planning initiative that began in February 2021.
Lifelong Learning Mississauga has a wonderful team of volunteers who enjoy being part of the organization and made the work fun and easy. We were saddened to lose three Board members this year. First and foremost, Barry Everatt, who led the way as Chair of the Board since the very beginning and held this position for nine years. His wisdom, advice and leadership will be greatly missed. I am happy to say that Barry is not leaving LLM and will continue to sit on three committees.
Another important Board position is Board Secretary. I would like to recognize Marie Medoro who stepped down after two terms. Marie brought her great organizational skills and attention to detail to this position. Mukesh Gupta joined our Board as we were planning the expansion to west Mississauga and actively led this move west. He also undertook the incorporation of LLM as a Not-for-Profit organization and completed this process in January 2020.
The Board welcomes three new members: Donna Del Re as Board Secretary, Bob Murphy, Chair of the Audiovisual Committee, and Sandro Del Re, Chair of the Technology Committee.
As I step down and become Past Chair, I would like to thank our volunteers for their ongoing support and advice, in particular members of the Governance Committee, Barry Everatt and Sandy Leppan, who now becomes Chair.
I would like to thank our participants for your encouragement and engagement. In our switch from in-person programs to webinars, you continued to join us, and your loyalty is appreciated. Without you, LLM would not exist.
Nora McAuliffe, Chair
We wish to thank the City of Mississauga for the support and benefits LLM has received as an Older Adult Provider in the Community Group Registry Program