One of the benefits members from Vancouver receive is e-copies of the MALink – a newsletter written by and for Members across Canada. Here is a note from one of our Vancouver members after receiving her latest issue of the MALink:
Thank you for sharing this newsletter with me. I always find it very interesting and insightful, and being a part of the organization makes me feel like I am part of something.
I have been an administrator for about 20 years now (wow) and I have lots of stories and experiences to share.
As the Association’s Director Vice President and MAL (Members at Large) Liaison, I welcome you to this site and invite you to read further about joining the Association of Administrative Assistants as a MAL!
WHAT ARE MALS (MEMBERS-AT-LARGE)?
MALs are an integral group of members within the Association of Administrative Assistants. This group of members is comprised of individuals who are geographically located in areas where there is currently no Association Branch. In addition from members who live from Vancouver Island to the Maritimes, we have two members who live in Bermuda and one who lives in Hong Kong.
MALs are actively encouraged to attend monthly meetings and educational seminars that may be hosted by Association Branches should the opportunity arise.
BENEFITS TO MALS
In addition to the many benefits outlined in Benefits to Members, all Association members are recipients of a subscription to Executive Secretary magazine (6 publications yearly) as a perk of membership.
Regularly, the Association works collaboratively with assisting organizations in their search for administrative professionals. These career opportunities are emailed directly to members and also posted on the Members’ Only section of our web page.
On behalf of MALs, I constantly seek out complimentary or cost-effective webinars and other educational opportunities that can be taken advantage of. MALs also have their own newsletter and contributions from all members are encouraged (Certification Renewal points for QAA holders!).
VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES FOR MALS
Even though MALs are not located within close proximity to a Branch, there are many volunteer activities within the Association that MALs can participate in that may enhance their leadership skills, public speaking skills, creative skills, etc.
Participation by MALs is greatly valued on the National Board of Directors, at Annual General Meetings (including local AGM Planning Committee Liaison), Communique Editor, etc., – the opportunities for participation are many! Recently there have been several instances where MALs in the same location have worked together to create a new branch in their area . . . the possibilities are endless.
I look forward to hearing from you – please feel free to contact me at: MALfirstname.lastname@example.org
Director Vice-President & MAL Liaison
RESOURCES – RHONDA SCHARF.