Exciting news from one of our Tri Delta sisters! The TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library has a new exhibit entitled, “Plum Blossom from the Bitter Cold,” and it includes photos of Tri Delta Arlene Chan and her late mother Tri Psi Jean Lumb.
Arlene wrote in 2018:
“When Toronto Public Library announced in late 2016 that it was to establish the Chinese Canadian Archive to capture and record the rich heritage of the Chinese community, I was ecstatic. . . The connections to our past are fast fading with the loss of our elders, precious memories and personal memorabilia.”
Go! See! There’s a reading list and drop-in guided tours. Plum Blossom from the Bitter Cold runs until October 27th.
Tri Delta is boldly leading the way by addressing important issues such as gender equity and barriers women face in the workplace. Our Fraternity is proud to partner with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to address these complex societal issues and take an important step toward closing the pay gap. AAUW’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
AAUW Work Smart is designed to empower women with the skills they need to successfully negotiate their salaries and benefits. The Toronto Alumnae Chapter was selected to host one of these inspiring workshops and you’re invited to join us!
Over the course of the two-hour session, you’ll gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play. Topics to be covered include:
- How to identify and articulate your personal value
- How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies, including how to get a raise or promotion
- How to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits
- Information about the wage gap, including its long-term consequences
Go straight to registering by clicking on the Salary Negotiations Workshop button on the Dues Page:
The Brain Injury Society of Toronto holds an annual Expressive Art Show every Spring. This year it’s at Artscape Youngplace at 180 Shaw St. And I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be there with my book Concussion Is Brain Injury: Treating the Neurons and Me!
The BIST Expressive Art Show launches on Tuesday, May 21, 4:00 to 7:00 pm with paintings, illustrations, crafts, sculptures, and copies of my book available for sale at a deep discount ($20) and for personal autographing. I’ll also be doing a brief reading at 5:00 pm.
“the intricate details of the author’s experience are riveting and enlightening.” Kirkus Reviews
“Jeejeebhoy’s tale is highly emotional…uplifting, while giving a realistic view of recovery.” Self-Publishing Review
This year, I will also have one of my artworks — a photographic collage — on display.
I’ve always been impressed with the evocativeness and beauty of many of the art pieces. I hope you will check out the show and the many artists there! I’d be thrilled to see you, sister Tri Deltas, your friends, family, and neighbours, too!
Over the last few years, National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo has become huge. It’s a great way for anyone to express their creative side or for writers to finally get that novel written and finished. I’m always delighted when I discover someone I know is doing NaNoWriMo. Are you novelling this year? Please say Hi and become my buddy at ShireenJ!
A friend introduced me to it in 2009, and I’ve written a novel or non-fiction every year, though most remain unpublished. This year, I set myself the challenge to both write and edit for public consumption a satirical novel focusing on every Torontonian’s favourite subject. No, not raccoons. The TTC. Louise and The Men Of Transit.
“Louise has been hired by TTC management and dives into learn all about customer convenience on transit from her idol, the CEO. She eagerly adopt her idol’s way of wearing a name tag and riding the subway. And then she meets Jim.”
So far I’ve written a chapter daily and have uploaded them to Wattpad. If you don’t know Wattpad, it’s a free Toronto-based website devoted to providing stories on any device, readable anywhere in the world. You can read without joining. If you join, you can comment on any chapter or story, build your library of favourite stories, or follow your favourite authors. My plan is to post a new chapter every day and am hoping writing this post will make it so. Accountability works! You can read it here -> https://my.w.tt/Xywq8XN0BR
We have another great informal event coming up – A Flower Arranging Workshop! Please read below for details – this event has a maximum capacity so please RSVP to me – firstname.lastname@example.org, in addition to paying online to reserve your spot.
Event Details – Floral Arranging Workshop
Participants will learn how to create and get to keep a full-centrepiece flower arrangement in a 5×5 vase, light refreshments will also be provided
Date: October 16, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m
Location: Coquette Studios 334 Kingston Road
Cost: $70 +hst ($79.10 total) payable by e-transfer to email@example.com
RSVP/payment required by October 2, 2018
Pay your annual dues today to take advantage of Early Bird Pricing.
A portion of your dues goes to Tri Delta Executive Office to support programming. The remainder of your dues help the alumnae chapter to host events for the collegiate chapter, support St Jude, POGO, the Foundation, the Trilogy Fund, programming and send a representative to Convention.
You can pay your annual dues here:Dues and Donations
I had the pleasure of attending two TriDelta conferences this year. In February I was invited to Collegiate Leadership Conference (CLC) where I shared my story of applying for and receiving the Trilogy Grant after being diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. I was invited to my first TriDelta Convention where I was able to give an update on my life and properly thank the Foundation and entire organization.
The theme of convention was “Our Kind of Kind” inspired by Sarah Ida Shaw’s plan to found a society that is “kind alike to all.” There’s nothing like a convention of 500+ TriDelta members to show you that we really do all adhere to the same principles of leadership, and sisterhood.
Convention started with a welcome Lunch where we proudly filled a table with Canada Alpha and Canada Delta members. Front and center, our table was patriotically decked out in red and white candies, chocolate loonies, and Canadian flags: thank you to Michelle Mercer for the swag!
At the Awards Dinner the hall was filled with Oscar-worthy gowns. We witnessed our own Arlene Chan recognized with the coveted Woman of Achievement Award for her career as librarian, author, leader in the Chinese-Canadian community, as well as her athleticism in competitive dragon boat racing. Arlene was honored to be able to share this experience with so many Canadian alumnae.
The Toronto Alumnae Chapter won the award for Overall Member Experience highlighting the strength of our local alumnae chapter and the work of its members.
The fourth of July kicked it off with a lengthy business meeting. Amendments called back to what it means to be brave, bold, kind, and inclusive with our membership. The evening saw the dining room transformed into a backyard barbecue party with a live country band topped off with fireworks shot off to Katy Perry’s… Firework.
Pansy brunch closed convention with keynote speaker TriDelta alumna and Woman of Achievement award winner Catherine Crier.
I am grateful to have been able to attend Convention. TriDelta is a huge operation run by women for women, and it’s empowering to be reminded of the big-picture of it all. It was also a wonderful opportunity to get to know some of my fellow alumnae members and return home with further appreciation for our own Toronto chapter.
Save the date for Convention 2020 in Orlando July 10-12!
In the Bonds,
It’s your last chance to get your ticket for our annual Circle Degree celebration and dinner. Help us welcome our new grads into alumnae life and honour our silver and gold circle members. If you missed your Circle Degree, Silver Degree or Gold Degree you can go through it this year.
This year’s event will take place at 410 Queen’s Quay West in the upstairs party room with beautiful views of Toronto’s Harbourfront. A catered, buffet style, hot dinner will be served.
Visitor parking is available. See concierge upon arrival, and be sure to mention that you’re attending the event in the upstairs party room.
Please RSVP by purchasing your ticket using the Paypal link : http://torontotridelta.ca/events/
May 2nd at 6:30pm join us in celebrating our new grads, silver circle and golden circle members. If you’ve passed your 25 years of membership but haven’t yet gone through the Silver Circle degree you can do it this year. Reach out to us and we can include you in the ceremony.
The event will take place at 410 Queen’s Quay West in the upstairs party room with beautiful views of Toronto’s Harbour Front. A catered, buffet style Italian hot dinner will be served.
Visitor parking is available, see concierge upon arrival and be sure to mention that you’re attending the event in the upstairs party room.
Tickets are $25. Please RSVP by purchasing your ticket using the Paypal link at http://torontotridelta.ca/dues-and-payments/
On behalf of the nomination committee, it is my pleasure to introduce your Tri Delta Toronto Alumnae Chapter Executive Committee for the 2018-2020 term:
President – Michelle Mercer
Vice President – Carrie Illsley
Secretary – Laura Trommels
Treasurer – Elizabeth Melo
Alumnae-Collegiate Relations – Giovanna Campagna
Adopt-a-New Member – Caitie Hase
Database – Sandra Porter
Dorothy Cody – Susan Weston
Historian – Christine Kralik
Membership – Krystal Medri
Newsletter – Allison Browning
Panhellenic – Carmelina Macario
Past President – Carly Klassen
Philanthropy – Asia Pineau
Social – Selen Sorensen with assistance from Ashley Pivko
Social Media & GIN – Andrea Morassutti
Webmaster – Shireen Jeejeebhoy
Young Alumnae – Melanie Blundell
Congratulations and thanks to the new officers for sharing their leadership skills with our chapter!
Our most important chapter goals, as identified by the nominees’ Leadership Profiles, are strengthening alumnae-collegiate relations, increasing recruitment of recent grads, boosting attendance at events, offering more varied programming and enhancing our social media presence and engagement.
Nominees were also asked about their dream jobs, regardless of skill or income. From doctor to veterinarian, environmental land use planner to national park tour guide, it’s no surprise that even in their imaginations, our new leaders are focused on compassion and service.
Thank you to everyone who nominated a sister or self-nominated. Special thanks to my fellow Nom Com members Betty-Faye LeRiche and Melanie Blundell for all of their inspired ideas and hard work. We look forward to celebrating the installation of the new officers.
Carly Klassen, Chair
2018-2020 Nominating Committee