I’m very excited to be the incoming President for the 2023-2025 term! As many of you know, I will be taking over the role of President from my bestie, Kate Boyle, who has been the President of the LCA for the last 5 years. I wish to personally thank Kate for her many years of service to the London chapter of the OIAA and making it as successful as it has been. She has done a fantastic job as our President, and I can only hope that I can pick up where she left off!

We have an exciting year ahead of us planned, starting with our kick off event: Drag Queen Bingo on October 12, 2023 at The London Club! Our ugly sweater Holiday Party is scheduled for November 16, 2023, at the Lamplighter Inn, and it is always a fun night! We plan to continue with our 3rd annual Holiday Toy & Food Drive on December 2, 2023. In the new year, we will host our annual LCA Chili Cookoff and Trivia Night on January 25, 2024, at the German Canadian Club, so brush up on your trivia! On February 28, 2024, plan to attend our Annual Curling Funspiel at the Highland Country Club. A fun activity will be planned for June 2024 with details to follow. And we look forward to returning to our annual Golf Tournament in August 2024.

This is an election year, and we will be holding our Election and Dinner Meeting tentatively booked for April 18, 2024. We are looking for new Directors & Social Directors, so if you are interested, or you know someone you think would be interested, please reach out to me at kellyp@kemutual.com to learn more about the positions we will be looking to fill. We will be looking for three new Social Directors and at least two new Directors to join the board! Joining this Board provides you with an excellent opportunity to meet new industry friends and peers and allows you to provide ideas and insight into planning the year’s events for our members! It is a wonderful opportunity and I strongly encourage anyone who has ever thought about joining the Board, to make this the year you decide to pursue it!

Our charity of choice will be Anova, which provides safe places, shelter, support, counselling and resources for abused women, their children, and all oppressed individuals to find a new start. Not only will we be collecting cash/cheque donaons at each event, Anova’s website also includes a wish list of their most needed items as well as an Amazon Wish List. If any of our members wish to donate any of these items, we will collect same at each event and make arrangements to have them delivered to Anova. Anova’s wish list changes monthly, so I encourage you to review their list prior to each of our events to see what you can help provide! Anova’s list can be found at: www.anovafuture.org/ways-tohelp/ needed-items/ We take pride in giving back to our community wherever we can, and we appreciate your support!

I wish to give a shout out to our current Board members; all of this is only made possible through their hard work, dedication, and time. Our Executive team includes Kate Boyle (McKillop Mutual),  Linda Pereira (Lambton Mutual), Michele Field (Trillium Mutual), and Cory Boyle (Definity Insurance). Our Directors are: Courtney Allison (Intact Insurance). And our Social Directors are: Warren Hamer (Larrek Invesgations), Nicole Niddam (RSM Canada) and Ayren Brown (Dyer Brown LLP). And of course, we cannot forget Wendy Barbour, bookkeeper extraordinaire!

I look forward to what this year has in store for us, and I am very fortunate to have been selected as Chapter President. I look forward to continuing our Chapter’s legacy in the OIAA and providing exciting networking opportunities for our members! We are lucky to work in an industry that allows us to make such wonderful and life-long connections!

Kelly Peck-McDonnell,
CIP President, London Claims Association

Phone: 519-360-4782

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