What an exciting time! We have begun planning the fourth installment of the Quo Vadis conference. Quo Vadis Calgary 2012 will take place from August 17th-19th on the backdrop of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Canmore & Calgary, Alberta.
As a way to foster excitement for the upcoming months leading to the conference, our executive team has decided to write a blog entry every few weeks. This is how it’s going to work. Each one of our executive team members will write at least one entry. It is meant as a way for outsiders to see and understand our working dynamic and serve as almost a step-by-step guide to the communication and organization of such a large-scale event. It will also give readers an inside scoop regarding who the executive team for Quo Vadis Calgary 2012 is. And what better way to start emphasizing our conference theme (Integration) than by integrating with the enthusiastic and intelligent folk who are organizing it?
Now that we know how this is going to work, I can begin. My name is Natalia Dmuchowska and I am the chair of the Quo Vadis Calgary 2012 International Youth Leadership Conference. I have attended two former Quo Vadis conferences, in Windsor and in Toronto. I grew up around Toronto but a year and a half ago I moved to Calgary to start my Masters degree in Environmental Design. Calgary is a beautiful city with high buzzing energy and an endless curiosity. It is neighbored by one of the most beautiful natural landscapes I have ever had the privilege of witnessing, the Rocky Mountains. When I first moved to Calgary I automatically joined the Polish Students Club as well as the Polanie song and dance ensemble. It was these groups of people that helped make Calgary home. So when the opportunity arose to submit a bid to host the next Quo Vadis conference we were ecstatic. Besides the beautiful mountains and great Polish community, Calgary is a growing city that even through the economic crisis has been able to sustain itself healthily. Calgary is also very close to Edmonton, which is home to an even larger array of Polish organizations and citizens. We are also very close to British Columbia and have been named the 2012 Cultural Capital of Canada! Why wouldn’t we want to host the conference here?
Enough about how much we love our province…maybe it’s time to move on to how much we love our executive team. And yes, we did title our organizational structure an executive team. This was done for a multitude of reasons. Firstly we wanted to establish a lesser hierarchy. There is no one person who makes all the decisions. We collectively decide. Everyone has equal access to our e-mail accounts, twitter, Facebook, etc. All our files are shared through Dropbox and we are highly promoting transparency within our team but also throughout the planning process. Our executive team is very unique this year, especially compared to former Quo Vadis organizers. We are spread throughout Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. We
also have only 4 members of our executive team who have previously attended a Quo Vadis conference. This means we have a new and fresh perspective on what to do without the stress of following in exact footsteps.
What more do I need to say? We have an amazing working dynamic with all our team members. We communicate as best as we can (even though we are sometimes in different time zones). We e-mail, Facebook, and twitter daily. We work as a collective whole and not as separate parts that will eventually come together. I am very proud and honored to be working with everyone on our executive board! And I hope that you will all follow this blog and get to know us more intimately. And hopefully we will get to see you all at the Quo Vadis Calgary 2012 International Youth Leadership Conference!
Wishing you all the best,