From the President's Desk

This is probably the most challenging president’s letter I have ever written as we sit in our extended lockdown. It has been hard to watch the world suffering in the way that it has been, from both the Covid-19 virus and the effect of the preventative measures on everyone’s businesses.

The positives that this period has shown – and there are some – is that technology has shown to provide us with impressive resilience. It has been incredible to see the ability of technology to meet and surpass our needs.

I am encouraged by the ability to host online meetings using either MS Teams, Skype or Zoom. This has shown me that the cost and time of travel can be saved into the future non-lockdown environment, resulting in a great saving for all of us.

How does this affect the institute? Well it could mean that we would all interact on online forums and save ourselves the costs of accommodation, venue hire and travel. Would we lose the network opportunities? I don’t think so, because everyone is still able to see one another and talk in groups or alternatively talk to people individually in separate meetings.

We are having to look at ways to run our national AGM and this will probably have to be online. Even if/when lockdown is lifted, we do not feel that it is in the best interest of our members to organise a larger gathering in the foreseeable future. The benefit of this is that more people will be able to participate in the AGM as they are able to log on, watch and have their say from wherever they are. Please let us know how you feel about this.

I hope that you all stay well and healthy.

Stay safe

Tracey Myers
SAIV President






































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