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UCA 2011 Convention
   

 
 
 
 

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The 2011 Annual Convention, held July 24 to 26 at The Rosseau, a JW Marriott Resort, set a new attendance record, with 125 adults and 47 children in attendance. Attendees were welcomed to the Muskoka region of Ontario by UCA president, Namby Vithiananthan where they were treated to warm, sunny weather.

After meeting old friends and making new ones at the Registration and Welcome Hospitality on Sunday afternoon, everyone was treated to the “Parisian Professor’s Party”, a night at a French bistro. During a family-style continental dinner the delegates enjoyed a guitar serenade, followed by a side-splitting comedic musical impersonator.

Bob Gray, also know as “Backwards Bob”, of Memory Edge, kept adults and children alike laughing and learning with his highly energized presentation at Monday morning’s “Picky Principal’s Breakfast” on improving memory skills.

Following breakfast, at the Annual General Meeting, president Namby Vithiananthan reviewed the activities of the Association over the past year, and told delegates he expected the utility construction activity in the GTA to maintain or increase its present high volume of work for at least another year.

Alf Brown, Head-Carrier Enforcement Liaison for the Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation, addressed the old and new Commercial Vehicle Operators Registration regulations and answered a number of the delegates’ questions and the reasons behind some of the regulations.
 
The golfers loaded their clubs onto the golf carts following a quick lunch at the hotel, and formed a convoy heading to The Rock Golf Course for the annual convention golf tournament. The highly suspect winners of this tournament were awarded their prizes at the final banquet on Tuesday night.
 
The highly anticipated annual theme party was held Monday night “Behind The Bleachers”. Delegates of all ages came dressed as their favorite (or least favorite) school or college character for a healthy dinner of hamburgers, pizza, french fries, potato salad and popcorn. The music of Pauly and the Goodfellas highlighted the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s top hits and kept the party going well into the night
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Following a hearty “Laughing Librarian’s Breakfast” on the Lakeside Lawn in The Tent at The Rosseau the winners of the 2010 Safety Performance Awards were announced. All delegates of every age then entered the dangerous “Amazon Jungle” for a teambuilding game in which they went in search of the elusive lost diamonds, the “Jungle Fire”. Led by Piranha Bob, they encountered many dangerous creatures, impassable obstacles, unfriendly natives and dead-end trails.

The convention wrapped up on Tuesday evening at the formal “Royal Gala Reception and Banquet” at which the golf awards were presented to the winners of the various competitions held during the golf tournament on Monday afternoon. The 2011-2012 slate of Officers were introduced, and the location of next year’s convention, The Westin Trillium House at Blue Mountain was announced. Following an exceptional dinner, the exciting musical group, Alter Ego of Montreal, kept the delegates on the dance floor with a show full of energy for hours, including two encores. 

The outstanding entertainment at every event was arranged for and supervised by Carol Priest, and the ballroom was magnificently decorated in French Bistro for Sunday, then converted to a school gymnasium for Monday and finally redecorated as a Royal Palace dining room for the Tuesday Royal Gala, all under the imagination and direction of Lin Joyce. The UCA convention delegates thank them for their amazing work.

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