Old friendships have grown and opportunity to begin new friendships this year has been my pleasant memories that will stay with me. Working in this Section has been the most enjoyable professional experience of my life. I pass on my chairmanship to a leadership team that will do great things in the coming years for the Section members under incoming Chair, Savita Deshpande.
ASQ section has many Thought Leaders who have moved and inspired others with their innovative ideas, turn those ideas into reality, and then create a dedicated group of friends, network of members, and followers to help them replicate and scale those ideas into sustainable change. This is what our Section Chairs and Co-Chairs have done this year to meet 2019 objectives and goals.
Some of our Executive team’s achievements are
- Increasing student membership through a strategy to introduce students and professionals from other industries studying in GTA colleges: Lambton, Seneca and Sheridan, and universities: University of Toronto and Ryerson University, to ASQ at various program meetings and networking sessions.
- Spring Seminar, Monthly Program meetings, Breakfast meetings and Webinars held at various locations within GTA locations supported Section Member engagement and provide a forum to engage in areas such as Data Governance, Sustainability, Social Responsibility, Reliability, Quality Tools, Risk Management and other areas where quality professionals could develop their skill sets.
- Quality Corner articles in the Newsletter provided an alternative means for our members to engage and examine their interests in new areas
- Introducing MyASQ Toronto to Section Members has provided additional resource and opportunity to engage with other Sections and Division in virtual space
- ASQ Section Budget were met to drive all Section activities. Financial reports to ASQ HQ were submitted in a timely manner with no issues.
I value the time we have spent together. Working together as Member Leader volunteers for this Section has been in a true spirit of “Seva”, a Sanskrit word meaning “selfless service” or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. Helping out is not some special skill. It is not the domain of rare individuals. It is not confined to a single part of our lives. We simply heed the call of that natural impulse within and follow it where it leads us.
I encourage every member of the Section to reach out and become involved in Section activities. You too will find it a rewarding experience.
Seasonal Greeting to all. Wishing you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2020!
ASQ Toronto Section Chair -2019