Welcome to my Fall 2023 President's Message. The summer flew by once again and it’s time for another seasonal change, and hopefully, some time for us all to catch our breath. I don’t know of any industry that touches condominiums that haven’t had a very busy year. It’s great to be busy, but we all seem to be swamped in our work. Many I’ve talked to over the past year have had staffing challenges and I get a collective sense of the difficulty in keeping up with a society that continues to expect things faster, better, cheaper, and perfect. Our culture has changed to a sense of immediacy. Perhaps mental health has become more commonly discussed since we’ve all put such greater amounts of pressure on each other. My advice: stop and take a walk in a park, or call a friend who you haven’t talked to in a while, don’t just text them.
On a less intense note, winter is coming, and I think we ought to appreciate this annual change. A couple I know lived in Cuba for several years awhile back, and they were excited to move back to Alberta just to experience seasonal change which they found themselves missing. The same weather all year round can get boring. I’m not sold on it yet. But I do appreciate when the busy summer construction season begins to ebb. If you came here for updates on CCI, I suppose we should get started. Our in-person luncheons return this September. These luncheons have always served as a fantastic opportunity for members to network, share insights, and engage in thought-provoking discussions. Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for October 26, 2023, where we will reflect on our achievements, discuss plans, and elect new leaders who will steer our course forward. Your participation is highly encouraged, as your input and ideas are invaluable to us.
Looking ahead, we have the Alberta Condo and Real Estate Conference (ACR) on November 3 & 4, 2023. Did you know it’s the 10th anniversary of the event? This promises to be an enriching experience for all participants, providing a platform for sharing industry insights, networking, and taking in another series of topical presentations. Mark your calendars and join us for this event.
Through our affiliation with the Alberta Condominium Management Education Consortium (ACMEC), we have continued our advocacy efforts with the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) to bring about changes to condo manager licensing exams. Perhaps by the time you read this, their deadline will have been extended once again.
We were happy to read this past summer when the Premier's mandate letter to the Minister of Service Alberta underscored the need for updates to the Condominium Act and Regulations. We anticipate playing a pivotal role in assisting the government with these important changes. Your expertise and involvement in our organization make this partnership with the government possible, and we look forward to continuing this collaboration for the benefit of condominium owners and residents throughout South Alberta. Thank you for your continued support, and I eagerly anticipate connecting with each of you in the upcoming monthly events.
CCI South Alberta Chapter, President