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  President's message
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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 info@wikimedia.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
Professional Librarian

  Results of the Annual General Meeting 2019
Wikimedia Canada held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019 on 19 October in Montreal, Quebec, with online participation as well. 17 members participated.

During the AGM, members adopted the following:

  • Keeping the current number of Board members at 9.
  • Designating the Treasurer seat of the Board, for the next mandate of 2 years, as being nominated by the Board instead of being elected by the members, and that this seat is a non voting member of the Board.

Considering the resolution above for the Treasurer, there were 5 seats of the Board to be filled at this AGM. 6 candidates had put their names forward, but Jean-François Pilon decided to withdraw its candidature. As such, the following 5 candidates were elected by acclamation as Board members for a mandate of 2 years, including 4 persons newly elected and one re-election:

  • Amber Berson
  • Jean-Michel Lapointe
  • Lëa-Kim Chateauneuf
  • Sarah Severson
  • Stacy Allison-Cassin

Wikimedia Canada is proud to have a majority of women on its Board. We are also happy to welcome a member of the Board from Western Canada. We are convinced that this will help us to increase the diversity of contributors from Canada on Wikimedia projects, especially in regards to the gender gap, and to expand Wikimedia Canada's activities and reach across all of Canada.

The Board will elect its new Executive Committee at its next meeting on 4 November 2019.

If you have any questions about the AGM, do not hesitate to use our main talk page or to send an email to jpbeland@wikimedia.ca.

Thanks to all members for their participation to the AGM and to all volunteers of the Wikimedia movement in Canada for their contribution.
  Wiki Loves Monuments
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Wikimedia Canada announces its participation for the sixth year in the largest photo contest in the world, Wiki Loves Monuments. Users are invited to take pictures of historic places, then, during the month of September, upload their best shots in Wikimedia Commons. Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photographic competition to promote historic sites around the World through Wikimedia projects (mainly Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons). Everybody can participate.

In Canada the contest is about the 12,000 historic places listed by Parks Canada. The goal of Wiki Loves Monuments is to encourage people to take photographs of those historic places and to upload them under a free licence to allow everybody to access them on the Internet. During the month of September you can upload as many pictures of those historic places as you want. It is not necessary that the pictures have been taken in September but only the pictures uploaded during this month will be eligible for the contest.

Wiki Loves Monuments 2019 in Canada
  Winners of Wiki Loves Earth 2019 in Canada
Winner of Wiki Loves Earth 2019 in Canada

The 2019 Canadian winners of Wiki Loves Earth have been announced. Click here to see the Top 10. Those 10 pictures have been submitted to the international jury of Wiki Loves Earth which results are expected in September 2019. Congratulations to Fresh.waffles for the first place and thank you to all participants.

A total of 1,228 pictures have been submitted from Canada by 163 different uploaders. You can see all the submitted pictures on Wikimedia Commons: [1]

You can also see the winners of all the participating countries on Wikimedia Commons: [2].

  New mailing list for Wikimedia Canada
Wikimedia Canada has created a new mailing list for all discussions about the Wikimedia movement in Canada. The General mailing list of Wikimedia Canada is a centralized list for subscribers, participants and interested parties to discuss Wikimedia projects. General and important announcements from Wikimedia Canada will be posted to this list. Announcements from Wikimedia Canada will be bilingual but discussions can be in any language. To join this mailing list go to https://discussions.wikimedia.ca/lists/listinfo/general. To send messages to the mailing list: general@discussions.wikimedia.ca.
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