Happy New Year and Greetings from the Digital Moose Lounge
What a year! We filled it with purposeful programming and engaging events that brought our ever-growing Canadian community together. From a street-hockey game at our annual Canada Day Picnic, a run supporting our beloved Terry Fox, and as the Blue Angels roared above us, we hosted Canadian Thanksgiving dinner at UC Berkeley. We sure did celebrate what it means to be "Canadian" in 2023!
Recently, our partner and Canada’s Consul General, Rana Sarkar personally welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to San Francisco for the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) meetings. He also supported many DML events throughout the year, including dropping the puck at the Canadian Heritage hockey game against the Sharks. It was a Vancouver Canucks win!
The Digital Moose Lounge leadership team continues to evolve! Earlier in the year, Esther Sok and Shaunda Toomasson joined our Board. This year, we welcome Ryan Taylor and Amanda Cheng as Board Members. Griselda Zhou, our past Co-Chair and an active Board Member for seven years, has stepped down as did Dorin Greenwood. We are grateful for their devoted passion and expertise.
The DML is proud to continue its partnerships with the Canadian Consulate General in SF, BC Trade & Invest, the Quebec Government, RBC, Air Canada, San Jose Sharks and the many University Alumni Chapters that support us to bring you curated and engaging events. We are grateful for their sponsorship.
With newfound momentum and YOU, it’s an exciting time for us to come together and celebrate our “Canadianism” while rooting ourselves in all the Bay Area has to offer. Some of us may have once thought we were only transient visitors, yet as each year passes, we realize there are two wonderful places we share a love for and can call 'home'. We are happy to be able to share it with you.
I heard this Elton John song recently and it resonated to my Canadian core:
If I could go back home If I'd never left, I'd never have known We all dream of leaving But wind up in the end Spending all our time trying to get back home again
From our DML Family to yours, we wish you a healthy and prosperous 2024!