To my fellow Wikimedians
I am both excited and proud to be President of Wikimedia Canada. I succeed a very committed, passionate and involved outgoing President, Mr Benoit Rochon, whom I would like to personally thank for having done such a great job in recent years. He led major projects during his mandate and the vitality of our organization is due in large part to his vision and leadership. My decision to take on the role of President of Wikimedia Canada was made easier by the fact that Mr Rochon has decided to remain as a director on the Board. His experience and detailed knowledge of the dossiers are a major asset within our team.
Wikimedia Canada has a reputation and scope that is equal to the people it welcomes to its ranks. The members of the Board, with their many and varied talents, deserve the respect and recognition we give them for the quality of their careers.
Wikimedia Canada maintains privileged links with various partners, including Library and Archives Canada, the Cinémathèque québécoise and Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. While continuing to cherish these partnerships, I want to build new relationships with the stakeholders of key GLAM institutions in addition to information and education stakeholders across Canada. We have much to offer to institutions of education, research, history, culture and the media.
Wikimedia Canada will continue to support the development of Wikimedia projects in Canada's Indigenous languages while encouraging the production of content related to Canada's Indigenous people. Increasing the diversity of Canada's contributors remains a priority. We will always have a special focus on Francophone communities from coast to coast, First Nations, Inuit and Métis as well as LGBTQ+ communities. Communities that are under-represented, both in terms of content and contributors, will be at the heart of our actions. As the Board of Directors is composed mainly of women, the lack of representativeness, both in terms of content and women's contribution, will certainly be a subject that will guide the Board's actions.
My personal commitment to you is that I will always have an open ear when it comes to all these issues.
I am excited to announce that the WikiConference North America will be held in Canada in 2020. This will be an opportunity to show contributors from Central America, the Caribbean and North America, the richness of different cultures and the linguistic diversity that makes up the nations of our beautiful country. At this time, the meeting is scheduled to take place in October 2020. More details will be announced soon, but please be aware that we will need volunteers to set up the various committees needed to carry out this project. If you want to get involved, please contact us at infowikimedia.ca.
Finally, as President, I believe that we have everything in hand to support the dynamism of contributors across Canada, regardless of the language in which they work. Listening carefully to all Canadian contributors, I will be able to best assess your needs. During my term of office, I wish to offer as much support as possible to this community, which carries out work of great importance for the common good and provides access to quality information for all. Your involvement, ideas and participation contribute enormously to the development of Wikimedia Canada and will allow it to reach other levels.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the work you are doing!
Lëa-Kim Châteauneuf, M.I.S.
President, Wikimedia Canada