Over the past six months, I have worked alongside Katie Kosanke and Angel Spell, chairs of the Annual Training Conference '20, Canopy Connections: Advancing Equity, Wellness & Community in Arboriculture. It has been a joy to watch this year's ATC committee identify educational topics, select quality speakers, determine what type of fun, engaging activities and events they want to offer members and guests, and overall, work together as a team. That's why the last couple of weeks were particularly difficult as the committee weighed the pros and cons of hosting ATC '20 in a COVID-19 environment. After many discussions, the committee and board of directors made the decision to prioritize the health and safety of members and guests by replacing this year's in-person conference with a virtual conference instead.
While this year's conference will differ from past ATC's, our goal is to provide the same quality education and networking opportunities that everyone looks forward to annually. If there's a silver lining, it may be that those limited by financial and geographic constraints can now participate. Plus, having a virtual conference enables us to be more flexible with the number of offerings, scheduling, etc.
As plans are finalized, we will notify members via email, update the PNW-ISA website and promote on social media. Until then, stay safe and healthy and get ready for some fun virtual activities and events coming this October! And, be sure to save-the-dates below for upcoming ATC's.
September 18-21, 2021
Coeur d'Alene Resort
Coeur d'Alene, ID
October 1-4, 2022