Up-date from the President's Desk
Looking towards the New Millennium
The Sherbrooke Conference barely behind us, work has already begun to plan the next
meeting in Vancouver, in 2000. It was a pleasure to see so many of you in Sherbrooke. And
many, many thanks to those who have worked on the co-ordination and planning: Mohamed
Hrimech, Marc Tardif, and Tara Fenwick. Over the years, I have found that participating in
CASAE's activities, and particularly in its yearly get-together, provided me with an invaluable
forum to share ideas with colleagues across the provinces and territories North of 45. Speaking
of which, one challenge in the near future will be to support exchanges with the adult educators of
Nunavut. The emergence of Nunavut as the first autonomous Native territory in the post-colonial world carries much symbolic and practical import for adult education in the wake of the
Back to the 2000 Vancouver Conference. This year, as you already know thanks to Tom
Sork's efforts in June and in the intervening months, our organization will be meeting jointly with
AERC (US), SCUTRA (UK), ESREA (EU), and ALA-RN (Australia/Pacific region). This is an
unprecedented opportunity to meet, exchange, network and communicate with colleagues from
around the world who share similar concerns, and whose perspective on adult education and
training may very well serve to alter our own. The event will be a place for openness, friendly
perspective-sharing, as well as, no doubt, cordial controversy. Let's do everything we can to
make it a success, first by giving Tom Sork all the help he needs in the planning process, and
supporting Tom Nesbit in his work to collect, review, edit and distribute the CASAE papers.
For information on the 2000 Conference, e-mail Tom Sork at: email@example.com
To submit your abstracts, contact Tom Nesbit at: firstname.lastname@example.org
As the incoming President of CASAE, I wish to thank Bill Fallis, whose shoes will not be
easy to fill. It is a widely acknowledged fact that Bill has moved mountains to re-organize
CASAE's membership, finances, and executive responsibilities. Here's to you, Bill.
I also wish to welcome this year's two new executive members: Daniel Schugurensky
(Treasurer), and Kate Briscoe (responsible for the CASAE Permanent Secretariat). My gratitude
also goes to continuing executive members Rose Dyson, Bill McQueen, Tom Nesbit, Tom Sork.
Special recognition is due to Allan Quigley for his leadership as Canadian Journal for the Study of
Adult Education's editor, and for setting up the very capable Antigonish editorial team.
One of the challenges of the upcoming year will be to maintain and enhance our
membership base and Journal subscriptions. In my experience, the best way to do this is for our
current members to keep reminding adult education practitioners and scholars everywhere that a
strong presence in CASAE's ranks is advantageous to all. Please contact your regional
representatives and offer your help in the membership drive.
If you would like to get involved with any of CASAE's activities, such as the Newsletter,
the membership drive, or fundraising, etc., please review the list below and contact the
Here's to a great year!
Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education