On the 16th of December 2019, between 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, the IAS Student Branch Chapter (IAS SBC) held a year-end party and a general meeting. The agenda of the meeting was to summarize the group’s activities and status for 2019 to its members.
Attendance was open to present IAS SBC members and supporters of the proposed IAS/PES/PELS joint SB. Vice-Chair, Mr. Isuru Jayawardana opened the meeting. Isuru recapped the group’s 2019 activities. He emphasized how these events were structured towards achieving goals set by the executive committee for the year. Then, IAS SBC treasurer, Mr. Jagannath Wijekoon, presented the group’s financial balance sheet, outlining income and expenses and reporting the year-end balance as 379.77 CAD.
IAS SBC chair, Ms. Radwa Abdalaal ended the presentation, stating the long-term goals of the organization, which include expanding workshops into courses and organizing a student-led conference. Radwa wrapped up the presentations by acknowledging the executive committee and volunteers, she highlighted individual contributions and thanked them. Radwa also introduced the incoming executive committee: Sara Mantach and Yanming Xu as chair and vice-chair, with Jagannath Wijekoon returning as treasurer. The secretary position was announced as vacant. Finally, an Outstanding Volunteer award was presented to Mr. Cesar Marzoa Montalvo, based on voting by the executive committee. The meeting ended with refreshments and social interactions.
IAS SBC Secretary, Mr. Hafis Umar-Lawal presented on feedback surveys from technical workshop attendees, including comments to improve the programs. Hafis also discussed his proposal for official recognition of IAS volunteer activities on the university’s Co-curricular record as a way to encourage membership and IAS participation in the Engineering technical societies fair to encourage undergraduate participation.