Barbette Igonia, CAE
As we celebrate our association's remarkable journey of a century, I am deeply honoured to have served the BCEA in many capacities for nearly a third of this illustrious period. It has been a privilege to witness the growth, evolution, and impact of our association over the years. Our association's history is a testament to the unwavering dedication, camaraderie, and vision that have shaped the course of our industry and community.
The BC Electrical Association, originally established as the Electrical Service League (BC) in 1920 and officially registered with the Society in 1924, was founded on the noble objectives of advancing the electrical industry through educational methods, ethical business practices, and improved service. Fast forward 100 years, and our association has remained steadfast in fulfilling these objectives. We have also strived to elevate the standards of the industry and enhance the overall member experience. We have achieved this through the hard work of our many committee volunteers (AMP, Women’s Network, Education, Scholarship, Island, Okanagan, Networking, Executive, and Board). One voice, one mission – we are dedicated to helping our members and industry achieve the highest level of success – by giving them opportunities through networking and education.
As we look beyond 2024, I find myself at a pivotal juncture in my journey. It is with a sense of profound gratitude and bittersweet reflection that I announce my decision to retire from the BC Electrical Association at the end of this year. My tenure with the BCEA has been a source of deep fulfillment and pride, and I am immensely grateful for the unwavering support, collaboration, and unity that have defined our association's legacy.
As I prepare to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders, I am confident that the indomitable spirit and commitment of our members will continue to propel the BC Electrical Association to greater heights. The enduring objectives of our association, the remarkable journey of the past century, and the collective dedication of our members serve as a testament to the rich legacy that will guide us into the future.
I would like to quote a 1970s ESL (BCEA) correspondence that resonates with me today, “Your electrical association can be your local mouthpiece. Utilize it. We want you to be active with us… The electrical association is all of us working together to serve the industry. We have done a pretty good job so far, but we can do a better one. So, let’s get on with it!” I couldn’t have said it any better myself. #shinebrightertogether
In closing, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to each and every member and friend of the BC Electrical Association. Your passion, expertise, and unwavering dedication have been the cornerstone of our success, and I am profoundly grateful for the privilege of leading this esteemed association during a pivotal chapter in its history.
With warm regards and never-ending gratitude,
Barbette Igonia, CAE