Reading through this Enews I’m sure, like me, you will be impressed by all the activity Ujamaa Grandmas has taken part in this June. Our presence at the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions convention was well worthwhile as was our taking part again in the SAIT convocation gown project. None of this could happen without our pool of willing volunteers who happily accept each challenge as it comes. Of course, throughout the year, our members continue to work away creating wonderful items for our sale; others offer their expertise at workshops at the gatherings or attend our various committee meetings.

Many thanks go to all of you for all you do but for this Enews, I want to highlight just one of you, and that is Patty Cucman. Claire Scott, our wonderful Enews editor, talked with a few people and I couldn’t agree more with all she has written about Patty here:

“As you might be aware, the Ujamaa Grandmas webmaster torch has officially been passed to Leigh Aquart. As Patty now takes time to focus on other areas, it’s hard to put into words just how much her efforts have meant to us.

Patty Cucman was the originator of our wonderful website when it was launched in 2011. Since then, she has been there to answer questions, help troubleshoot any and every technology issue that came up, and mentor board members in their new roles in Communication and Membership. She has been the driving force working quietly behind the scenes to manage our online face and email support. Always unshakeable, Patty has a way of calming the waters and coming up with a workable solution.

In addition to creating our various online sign-up sheets, registration forms, surveys and questionnaires, Patty organized our mailing lists and Google Groups and has been key in designing and updating our brochures and printed material. Just recently, she completed a significant website update which enhances our communication with members, customers and the public. She is also artiste extraordinaire of our gorgeous Handcraft Monthly.

Patty’s great expertise has been invaluable to us over the years. Without her, we’d still be in the electronic Dark Ages!

Patty, thank you. Your contributions will continue to impact everything we do for years to come. From the bottom of our hearts, we salute you!

UG Board of Directors, past and present”

Hear, hear and so say all of us!