Outgoing VP External Report

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VP External Report

It’s hard to believe that this is my last report as your VP External. The last 16 months have been very rewarding for me and the last 4 definitely kept me on my toes right up to the end. I want to thank everyone who has been there along the way to help, give guidance, be amazing conference delegates, and simply just to support me. I would not have been able to enjoy my term without each of your contributions. Although I am sad to see my term come to an end, I look forward to continuing my involvement with EngSoc and I hope to get in some more conference fun!

On that note, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Leah Allen who will be taking over my position as your next VP External. I have had the chance to speak with her on a number of occasions and I have no doubt that she will do an outstanding job. She brings an amazing personality and a great sense of enthusiasm to the position. I look forward to transitioning with her over the coming weeks to prepare her for a great term as VPX.

I have a few last orders of business to end the term. The first is March Break Open House. I would like to thank the many volunteers who participated throughout the day. Your help was very much appreciated and the organizers personally thanked us for having EngSoc back this year.

Bus Push took place March 13th in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the event was one of the most successful ever for EngSoc! A huge thanks to the organizers (JD O’Leary, Grant Campbell, Dave Halford, Stuart Pearson, and Kristen Roberts) for putting on an outstanding event and thank you to the approximately 50 participants for showing your support! Over $5000 was raised!!

Explorations went down last week and I’d like to thank Amanda LeDuc for taking an excellent lead throughout the term on making this years’ one of the best! It also could not have been possible without all of the volunteers so a big shout out goes to everyone who helped out with the event as well!

The last update is for Canstruction. I’d like to thank the last minute volunteers (Samantha Pinto, Dushanth Joshua Seevaratnam, Alex Wade, Michael Leung, Tim Sipkens, and Eric Cousineau) who gave up their time last Thursday night to put together the EngSoc contribution. Tim Bandura unfortunately wasn’t able to be there for the actual event as he was competing in CEC for the weekend but he did a great deal of prep work for the event and deserves a big thank you! All cans were donated to the KW Food Bank to support those in need in our community.

Finally, I’d like to thank the IW for putting up with our consistently late reports but always greeting us with a smile regardless of how much Michelle and Amrita hated us! Thank you for all your hard work in making the IW the most envied engineering newspaper in the country.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my term as VPX and I enjoyed the opportunity to represent you throughout my time. I hope that I have been able to inspire some of you to consider attending a conference or two and if you haven’t had the chance, I encourage you to consider it in the future. I can assure you it will be an experience you won’t forget and it will open your mind to new experiences, new people, and new ideas. My term was no doubt a unique one but I would never think to trade my experiences, or the time I had to work with so many amazing people. I’m out! –Mike

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