I am proud to be a long time member of the International Literacy Association. I joined in the first year in Abbotsford B.C. on the advice of my principal. My Dormick Park staff were making the trek to Schou Centre in Burnaby to participate in an event hosted by LOMCIRA - The Lower Mainland Council of The International Reading Association. The membership inducted me into a group of teachers who were passionate about literacy teaching and included me in a conversation that has taken place throughout my entire career. I am pleased that the recently elected executive council has recommended Karen Addie, another long time LOMCIRA member.