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CALA’s Mission Statement – CALA assists its members in acquiring skills for effective law office administration, and supports its members to achieve their goals and aspirations in a fulfilling and rewarding environment.

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President’s Message

 

 

Welcome to the 2018/19 term of CALA (Calgary Association of Legal Administrators).   I look forward to serving you as President on the Executive Board this term and I’m excited with the plans we’re developing for a great year ahead.

CALA was officially formed in 1977 and we are currently represented by over 100 members in 57 Law Firms and Corporate Legal Departments in Calgary with the goal to provide exceptional educational and professional development offerings and networking opportunities that are greatly due in part to the support of the tremendous Business Partners that support us.   In recognition of our 40 years as a chapter of ALA, we celebrated with a very well attended 40th Anniversary GALA at the Petroleum Club last November.

It’s an honour to follow great leaders of the Association and to work with a fantastic group of current Board Members, Subsection Chairs, Committee members and Volunteers who established and work to improve and create the initiatives that guide us. The past year started with a facilitated Strategic Planning Session resulting in a five-year plan to focus primarily on increasing and improving member engagement.  A few of those initiatives included working hard to increase opportunities and quality of educational offerings, implementing the distribution of summary notes following all subsection meetings, made improvements to the Salary & Benefits Survey and established a Lifetime Membership status for Past Presidents.

This year, we’re busily working to enhance and expand on the initiatives we established last year as well as create new ones including even better professional development opportunities, a new website, easier ways to register for upcoming events and subsection meetings, better Forum facilitation, continued improvements to the Salary & Benefits Survey and the addition of 6 new Networking opportunities we’re calling Wednesdays at the Wednesday Room. We’ve got BIG ideas and I hope we’re able to bring them all to you to make our Association even stronger and better than it already is.

I look forward to seeing those of you I’ve met and meeting those of you I haven’t yet at one of our upcoming events.  See you at our next Wednesday at the Wednesday Room and then, get your Yahoo on for our annual Stampede Breakfast on July 11th.

CALA is a Chapter Member of the national organization ALA (Association of Legal Administrators) which has over 9,000 members representing over 5,000 legal organizations in over 20 countries and has become the premier resource for law firm management.  Our members include generalists and specialists managing firms in the areas of Human Resources, Finance, Technology and Operations/Facilities and CALA is dedicated to the educational growth and support of its members in the legal industry.  CALA assists its members in acquiring skills for effective law office management and supports its members to achieve their goals and aspirations in a fulfilling and rewarding environment.

If you’re Interested in joining CALA, please visit the ALA Membership Eligibility and Application  site to Appy first with ALA and then with CALA.

With kindest regards,

Sharon Harris

CALA, President 2018/19 

Community Involvement

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