Happy New Year ELN members!
We hope everyone had a chance to reflect and re-energize over the holiday season. This holiday was special for both of us as we spent time with our young children – it was a wonderful time to get grounded and inspired about what’s to come and to remind ourselves why investing in our region’s emerging leaders and building collective leadership is imperative now more than ever.
2016 was a momentous year for the ELN as we celebrated 10 years of programming and building civic leadership. Our ELN Events & Programming team of Lana, Arjun, Imanzi, Matt, and Carley produced a strong series of events including a facilitated tour of the Pan-Am Path and a private screening of Clouds Over Sidra, engaging over 300+ ELNers in the process. Our ELN membership leads Jason and Ryan focused on better serving our members, highlighted by the creation of the ELN Facebook Group, where our members can more easily share information and opportunities with one another. Haven’t joined our new ELN Facebook group yet? Click here to join now!
As we turn to 2017, we plan to double our efforts to develop the leaders and initiatives required to move our region forward. Here is a sneak peek at what we have planned:
- Recognize even more amazing leadership consistently throughout the year;
- Head to the western part of our region with tours of Mississauga and Hamilton; and
- Recruit new rock star ELN Co-Chairs and executive team to lead the network through 2018-2020.
CivicAction remains committed as ever to the ELN through the support of its tremendous staff team and Board of Directors, whom we will work alongside to deliver another year of engaging, meaningful programs for you.
Most of all, in 2017 we are excited to see all members of the ELN participate in city-building at an unprecedented scale. There is no shortage of opportunities to tackle tough problems and make our region a more prosperous and inclusive place to be. We’re excited to build with you, learn with you and make this region even better in 2017.
Rich Wiltshire & Elisha Muskat
2016-18 ELN Co-Chairs