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Ann Polson and Betty-Ann McDonald, CWIT, man the booth at the ILA 2006 Tradeshow in Kamloops.

Canadian Women in Timber 2006 Events

Betty-Ann McDonald and Ann Polson of the Shuswap Branch of Canadian Women in Timber attended the TLA convention in Vancouver in January, volunteering to host the ILA Forestry Education van.  About 100 grade 6 students were brought through the van, accompanied by BCIT Forestry students.  They were very interested and asked many questions.  Many had heard of the Mountain Pine Beetle and were intrigued with the bug and beetle display.  The students also enjoyed a loggers' show, a new venue that took place inside the exhibition hall.

At the April ILA tradeshow in Kamloops, the ILA once again generously provided a booth for the Shuswap Branch of Canadian Women in Timber.  Although the crowds didn't seem as large this year, Ann and Betty-Ann were kept quite busy giving out information, contest prizes and the new "Splinter" lapel pin. 

The Shuswap Branch has been presenting their school programs to local schools for a number of years now and are planning to revamp the programs for the new school year. A poster on forestry careers is also in the works.

This year, the CWIT AGM will be held in Kelowna on September 30, with Mary Tracey, BC Director for WoodWORKS, speaking on the success of the "BC Builds with Wood" program.

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