ZRA Annual Conference : Updates
ZRA 2010 Annual Conference AnnouncementsApril 05, 2010
Calgary and the Calgary Zoo Welcomes you to the
2010 ZRA Annual Conference: Beyond Borders
September 29 – October 3, 2010
We are very excited to be hosting the 2010 ZRA Annual Conference from Wednesday, September 29 to Saturday, October 1, 2010. We hope you are as excited about visiting our part of the world. It will provide a great opportunity for us to show our friends south of the border and other parts of the world the beauty of our area, dispel or confirm a few myths of the Great White North, and soak up Canadian culture.
Debby Martin (Toronto Zoo) is planning an informative and educational program. It will be an opportunity to resolve day to day record keeping and records management challenges, find out what’s involved in adopting and adapting to ZIMS, and how to best tackle your international and domestic shipping and permit issues. The call for presentations will go out soon and we’re looking forward to hearing from you. I am sure we will all come back to our respective zoos with tools and resources to improve our day-to-day jobs. Stay tuned.
Pam and I are having a great time planning activities to do while you’re in Calgary. As promised, this year we’ve included a special event for spouses, other guests and all attendees wishing to participate with horseback riding or a wagon ride on Wednesday, September 29, from 1:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Here’s your opportunity to mount your steed, or wagon, smell the fresh air, and gaze at the Rocky Mountains. The ZRA Leadership Development Program and Board meeting will be held in the morning and over lunch; the CRM Examination Preparation Workshop will be a full day event.
At the icebreaker that evening, we are touring a very well-known microbrewery, Big Rock. At evening’s festivities end and not wanting our guests pining for the beer he/she left behind, everyone takes back a complimentary 6-pack of their favourite beers.
Saturday night is an optional evening of Canadiana. Played only in Canada, 5-pin bowling was invented in 1909 in Toronto, Ontario, by “Tommy” Ryan, due to complaints about the size and weight of the tenpin bowling balls and it being too strenuous. If bowling isn’t your interest, the alley is located in Chinook Centre Mall which has over 200 stores, including many of your favourite names, and some unique choices you won’t find anywhere else in Calgary.
The post-conference trip will be a tour to Banff, Alberta. This will be a relaxed day for you to visit the town-site at your leisure, listen to a talk (TBA); visit the Cave & Basin (home of the endangered Banff snail); soak in the Upper Hot Springs; visit Banff Springs Hotel (the grand dame of hotels); and check out Bow Falls. There will be plenty of opportunity to shop or visit the pubs.
Looking forward to seeing you in Calgary in September!
Deanna, Pam and Debby