STC Toronto AGM 2020

STC Toronto chapter’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held successfully via Zoom on June 28th, 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The president and vice president of the STC Toronto chapter Joyce Lam and Shonna Eden co-chaired the meeting.

Looking back on 2019-2020

At the beginning of the meeting, Shonna presented the 2019 meeting minutes and looked back on events and activities held last year. The treasurer Vanitha Krishnamurthy then reviewed the chapter’s finances. Joyce followed by presenting the retrospection and outlook of 2019-2020. The focus of the council’s work was staying relevant, providing value for members by boosting the new job bank, increasing marketing effort and event attendance through strengthened online presence. Fostering the next generation of leadership for the chapter was also a top priority. Joyce also touched upon the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID-19.

Electing community council and executive council

After the retrospection, attending members elected the the new community council and Executive council.

The 2020-2021 community council

Communication ManagerNatalya Lohnes
Communications CoordinatorKahkashan Kazmi
Membership ManagerTika Thapa
Program ManagerPhoebe Yu
Education ManagerTania Samsonova
Publicity ManagerVacant
WebmasterEgnis Hoxha
Blog ManagerPeihong Zhu
Content WriterCraig Dodman
Site ManagerManali Pandit
Job Bank MangerAnant Seshardri
Job Bank CoordinatorsKahkashan Kazmi, Michael Fowler

The 2020-2021 executive council

PresidentJoyce Lam
Vice PresidentShonna Eden
TreasurerVanitha Krishnamurthy
Community DirectorMona Albano

Presenting 2020-2021 action plan

Following the election, Shonna presented the action plan for 2020-2021, which includes:

  • Blend social and networking events with workshops and talks
  • Increase web presence of events
  • Complete the Job Bank renovation
  • Build partnership with recruitment agencies and colleges
  • Hold job fairs and career development workshops


After the formal agenda concluded, Joyce announced the various chapter awards given out at the end of 2019. Joyce also congratulated the Community Director Mona Albano and Treasurer Vanitha Krishnamurthy for receiving this year’s Community Service Awards from the STC head office.

Keynote speech

For the grand finale of this year’s AGM, the renowned Canadian English expert and the former Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary Katherine Barber gave the key-note speech on the history of the English language titled Why is the English Language so Weird? Filled with stories and fun facts, the talk garnered rave reviews from the attendees in the form of chat messages.

If you want to know more about Kathrine Barber’s work, please visit her blog:

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