BY ANDREW WRIGHT, P.ENG.
Lakeland Branch Chair
The Lakeland Branch has been quite active this year, but still
faces many challenges in serving the interests of a small
membership in a relatively diverse region.
One of the strengths Lakeland is its involvement with the
Outreach program and the promotion of science and engineering.
Activities that took place this year were the Science Olympics
and National Engineering Week, judging at various science
fairs within the region, a structural engineering seminar
offered to students and, of course, the APEGGA Teacher Awards
Program. Also, The Lakeland Branch math and science award
was given out at Dr. Bernard Brosseau School in Bonnyville
to a student with outstanding performance in these subject
On June 12 several members took part in an informative tour
of the Canadian Salt Company solution mining, processing and
packaging facility at Lindeberg. All of the salt marketed
under the Windsor brand name in Alberta and British Columbia
comes this facility.
The annual golf tournament was again held in conjunction
with the local ASET chapter, on July 23 at the Palm Springs
Golf Course in Cold Lake. Participants enjoyed great weather
and a chance to network with their peers.
On Sep. 22, a presentation was made to Steve Nelson of St.
Paul High School at their annual awards ceremony. He was this
year's Teacher Awards recipient. Mr. Nelson was recognized
again later in the week with a dinner in Bonnyville hosted
by the branch executive.
One remaining activity is planned for this calendar year.
In October, Stuart Nadeau, a senior regulatory adviser with
Imperial Oil Resources, will make a presentation on the interrelation
of engineering, the environment and regulators, and the impact
of this interrelation on new and existing projects.
The branch needs to fill some member-at-large positions.
These people will help organize branch activities. Two members-at-large
and one Outreach coordinator have transferred out of the region
over the summer, leaving a shortage of executive members to
effectively organize all the planned branch activities for
the upcoming year. Please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have an interest in volunteering for the branch executive
or have some new ideas to better serve branch