NEW YEAR 2015 – President’s Message

Making personal New Year’s resolutions is tough enough; making them on behalf of an organization like the Federation of BC Writers, which has over 450 members, distributed throughout every corner of our vast province, is immensely complicated. But that is the job your Board embraces. We have been entrusted with the task of understanding what you – our membership – wants and needs, making decisions that are in your best interests.

The process begins first and foremost with active listening. If we haven’t been good at that, it’s more a problem of logistics than desire. How do you tune-in to such a widespread and diverse community? The answers I want to see implemented in 2015 can be summed up briefly: technology, organization and education. We have to use whatever technology we can to allow you to communicate with us; and we have to organize so that members from every region are at the decision-making table.

That, to me, is the top priority of your Board going into 2015. More than ever we have to encourage a conversation that invites commentary and ideas from everyone who lives and writes in communities from Fort St. John to Vancouver; Cranbrook to Tofino. I would not be surprised if more than one of you shook your head just now and sighed doubtfully. I will confess that we have struggled in our efforts to reach out. But explanations must not be allowed to morph into excuses. I am determined to make this happen in 2015.

We believe that if we can successfully network and continually canvas our membership, the answers we need to come up with to meet the challenges and greet the opportunities that await us in the coming year will be clear, and that we, as a board, will be able to make decisions that serve and motivate you, the Fed’s membership.

And there’s no time like the present to make a beginning. I invite you to go to our 2015 Member Survey Page and share your thoughts with us. It will only take you a minute to complete the survey, and your responses will provide us with a sampling of your needs to take to the Board’s Re-Visioning and Renewal Retreat Jan. 10 and 11. We’re looking forward to hearing from you. There’s much to do, but with your commitment, intelligence and expertise we can turn the FBCW into the organization we all want it to be.

Wishing you all the best in your personal and literary endeavours during the coming year.

Ben Nuttall-Smith

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