To the members of the Archives Association of Ontario,
As the AAO welcomes a new year, the Executive Board would like to look back on a few of the highpoints of 2011. The Local Arrangements and Programs Committees planned and ran a very successful and informative conference in Thunder Bay. Our Chapters continue to offer interesting workshops and exciting events for regional members of the AAO. The Professional Development Committee offered a variety of courses to expand the knowledge and experience of our membership, including a very well attended grant writing workshop in November. Our membership continues to be well-served by the knowledge and dedication of the Archives Advisor and the Preservation Consultant as they keep busy with site visits. The Archeion Committee successfully migrated and launched the new Archeion database of Ontario archival descriptions now available at www.archeion.ca.
Also in 2011, the AAO received a sizeable Provincial Heritage Organization Operating Grant from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture that will be used over the next five years to address and improve upon the policies and procedures of the AAO. Well thought out and documented policies and procedures will ensure that the AAO's operation is efficient and effective and will make sure that board transitions are as seamless as possible. The grant will focus particularly on strengthening the AAO's foundation through membership drives and consultations, volunteer and donor appreciation, volunteer recruitment, and identifying the membership's basic needs. The PHO grant will provide the AAO with the increased resources needed to achieve our long term goal of sustainability.
The AAO is a volunteer based organization and its increased stability and growth over the past few years could not have been accomplished without the dedication of committee members, chapters, special interest groups, staff, and board members. The AAO would also like to acknowledge those members who have donated to the Association throughout 2011. We continue to offer charitable tax receipts for all donations, including those made through the silent auction at our yearly conference.
The members of the Executive Board hope that in 2012 and over the next few years we will be better equipped to publicly acknowledge donors and volunteers and to address the basic needs of our membership. With the PHO grant, our focus can now shift from survival to building and preparing the AAO for the future.
2012 promises to be an exciting year for the AAO! We look forward to your continued support.
Best wishes for the New Year.
AAO Executive Board
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