Written by Jessica Petrella
In February, our team attended the annual CUCCOA Central Region meeting. While we attend this meeting every year, this time was different as it was a virtual event. CUCCOA stands for the Canadian University and Colleges Conference Organizers Association. This is a mini conference of all the conference coordinators and managers. Confused yet? You’d be right in thinking “a conference for conference organizers?” …yes, that is a thing!
During this year’s virtual event, my mind wandered to a far-off place, which to be honest isn’t that strange considering this past year and everything COVID has thrown at us.
My first thought was, “Am I the only one wearing track pants?” I guess I will never know! The wonderful thing about virtual events is that you can attend in comfortable attire. Dressy on top, cozy on the bottom…that’s the way it is for most and I am not complaining at all!
I was also thinking “is this the way our conference will be each year?” Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone has a real answer to that. I would like to think that this is temporary, and we will all be face–to-face in the near future. But how soon will that be? This conference is a terrific way for all of us professionals to connect and network, share our ideas, and brainstorm new ones. I am longing for a day when we can all meet in person again.
The last thought that ran through my racing mind was how grateful I was. Grateful that we have the technology to be able to still conduct business virtually. 20 years ago, there would have been a vastly different outcome. I am grateful that I work in an industry with such awesome people who share the same passion that our team does and who understand the struggles that we are all facing right now. And most importantly grateful that I am still able to be a part of this annual event no matter how different it may look this year.
Maybe the 2022 conference will look the same or different? Whatever it looks like, I can’t wait to be a part of it again!