2020 was not the year any of us had planned for. So many precious occasions went one of two ways, either as a quiet and subdued celebration, or were postponed for better times. Many of us lost loved ones and weren’t able to say goodbye or even share remembrance of our loved one with family and friends. Jobs were put on hold, were lost, or have been forever changed. The way we do things today is not the way we ever imagined we would have face, many of the challenges forced us from our comfort zones and into crisis management.
We find ourselves slowly coming into a new normal, fully a year after the worldwide Pandemic was declared. We are all looking forward to the return of face-to-face social times with family and friends, and hugs to be shared with grandchildren, children, parents, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and our family by love not blood. We are tired and we are fragile, but we are hanging on for better times. Time for a deep breath and refocus on what comes next.
For your RUSA Board, what comes next is the 2021 RUSA Health, Safety Utilities Conference and Trade Show! In order to get there, we have to go back in time a bit to host an Annual General Meeting for the year we all put on hold – 2020. With that being said, here is your invitation to a one hour AGM this coming March 25, 2021, that will allow us to move forward and embrace 2021, promoting Health, Safety and Utilities in the Workplace.
We hope to see your name pop up on the virtual screen as we do need a quorum to make motions and have discussions about what RUSA 2021 will look like!
On behalf of your Board of representatives, be kind, be well and stay well, ‘til we meet again.
Carole Marciszyn-Peacock President and Zone 2 Director / Rural Utilities Safety Association (RUSA)
Operating since 1973, RUSA is an association made up of rural municipalities, counties, towns, special areas and villages dedicated to the safer working conditions for contractors and the public in general when working near any utility, and in the long term, lower costs to municipalities.
RUSA represents and supports our members in areas of professional development, safety, uniform interpretation and application of appropriate legislation. Originally RUSA was founded for the installation of natural gas in Alberta.
Our mandate is to ensure the safety of contractors, workers, the public and future generations when near any utility in the municipality.
RUSA Mailing address: #235, 4819C-48 Ave, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 3T2
RUSA works closely with the Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA) to promote and enhance workplace health and safety for all municipalities located in rural and urban Alberta.