Frae the Chair

Greetings Clansfolk,

I hope that this newsletter finds you well. The weather in Ontario has finally jumped into summer and with temperatures hitting over 30C last week – we were certainly feeling the heat!

As Chair of CASSOC, I would like to welcome our newest members, Clan Carruthers Society International and the Westman Scottish Association to our group. We are growing this year and I am pleased to see new members to strengthen our Scottish family.

You will notice a new format for our newsletter this month and I would also like to thank our new editor, Chris MacDougall for his efforts with this new digital format. As members, you can now include links to websites and videos that will be embedded into the newsletter. The newsletter is our way to connect to one another so your input and contributions are greatly appreciated.

CASSOC was pleased to welcome Chris Maskell, head of Scottish Affairs, Canada to our last assembly meeting in early May. Chris was here to talk about possibilities related to next year’s Kilt Skate to be held in Toronto in January. This year, as you know from the last newsletter, was a big hit with several hundred in attendance. Next year, the idea is to create a bigger event, with clan tents set up by the rink at Nathan Phillips Square. We are currently inquiring about tent rentals and would like feedback from our members on whether they would be willing or able to come to the Kilt Skate and bring some literature to promote their groups for next year. This should be viewed as a great opportunity. For while many of us recruit new members at Highland Games in the Greater Toronto Area or Ontario region, we rarely get the opportunity to promote our clan or association together with others within the city. Please drop me an email if you would be interested in participating for next year. It will help us greatly with our planning.

I hope to see many of you at Fergus as well as other Highland Games this year. Highland Games are an important source of Scottish culture and pride here in Canada. I applaud the time, effort and organizational skills of those involved in any of the Highland Games planning committees and boards.

CASSOC strives to serve the needs of its members. We continue to evolve and modernize to help support and promote the work and interest of our member groups in our celebration of Scottish Culture in Canada. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any comments, suggestions or inquiries about CASSOC

Hold Fast,

Karen Macleod McCrimmon

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