[This notice is also being circulated to our members via email. Our apologies if you receive this message twice.]
We hope this email finds you well in what are strange and turbulent times. As you will all have heard Congress has cancelled all of its in-person conference offerings and the CHA has declined to participate in an online Congress. We support this decision as many of us struggle with childcare, elder care, as well as working and teaching from home. However, as we will not be having an in-person AGM this year there are several details we need to take care of.
The first is the positions within the executive for our representatives. After consulting with various past presidents of our organization Kristine and I have decided that we are willing to serve in our current capacity as Chair, and Vice-Chair for an additional year. Under the terms of the constitution we can do this as we are currently not in “normal circumstances.” We are hoping that everyone who is able to will also add an additional year to whatever term they are serving to preserve continuity in these strange times. If you have thoughts on this or are a serving member who can or cannot extend their term please email me at heathermichellestanley[at]gmail[dot]com.
The book and article prizes for this year are going forward and we hope to celebrate them soon. However, we have given extensions to the committees in recognition of the current situation.
Those of you who were celebrating books our Annual Book Launch – we are still going to celebrate your work. We hope to hold a combined 2020 and 2021 Book Launch in Alberta at the 2021 Congress.
As we move forward towards the summer there are a few matters involving expenditures including compensation of our webmaster and choosing what to do with our website. We will try and figure out the best way to achieve quorum in virtual reality to deal with those issues in the coming months.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to either of us,
Heather Stanley, Chair and Kristine Alexander, Vice-Chair
Canadian Committee on Women’s and Gender History/Comité canadien de l’histoire des femmes et du genre