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2002 - 2003
Manitoba Association for Distributed Learning and Training
First Annual Report
It is my sincere pleasure to present the report on the first year of operation for the Manitoba Association for Distributed Learning and Training.
The past year has been very difficult as the Board contented with the initial stages of establishing the association. We have been able to achieve many key accomplishments in that process.
These accomplishments include compiling reports indicating that the first annual conference was fairly positive. The conference was well attended and well received. It also provided a starting nest egg for the association’s bank account.
Other successes over the past year include the formal establishment of the “not – for profit” registered body; the establishment of a bank account, revision of the association’s by-laws. A very valuable development has been the creation of the MADlaT listserve and web page with support from both MERLIN and Red River College. These 2 products serve as key vehicles for communication across the province and beyond.
Of course, of most importance to the members, is the mounting of the 2nd Annual Conference. The conference is the most obvious benefit to the membership and both the Board and the conference planning committee have spent much of their time connecting with related associations nationally and international as well as connecting with well respected individuals in the distance education related disciplines to ensure we were able to bring sessions that addressed the membership needs and interest as we understood them.
The fact that we have gathered increasing financial support from Manitoba Departments of Energy Science and Technology, the Department of Education and Youth; private sector with western Retail Lumber Association; Manitoba Smart Network should be recognized for their support for the association. In addition much needed support came from MERLIN, Red River College, Assinboine Community College as well as the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Brandon University, Keewatin Community College and Evergreen School Division.
All in all the year has been very productive and it bodes well for further development of the association over the coming 12 months. All members are invited to let us know your interest and needs, so your association can best serve you and contribute to the further development of the association. Contact me or any of the Board members to let us know your ideas.
On behalf of all of the Board, I wish you the best for the coming year and look forward to seeing you at next year’s conference
Paul W. Littlle