AALT Conference 2012 - Achieving Balance

Canmore, Alberta
Thursday, May-03-12


Hazel Hutchins, Friday, 4 May 2012, 9:00am

Against the backdrop of a longstanding career, Hazel will talk about the pros and cons of writing from a small town (much smaller when she first moved here), what she learned while hiking and skiing that has helped in her writing career (although she seldom writes directly about either), the challenges of writing for a broad spectrum of age groups (balanced against the rewards of doing so), and how the creative and practical sides of writing, publishing, and visiting libraries across Canada continue to play out in unexpected ways.

About Hazel: Author of over forty books for children, Hazel's awards include the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (Mattland), Writers Guild of Alberta Children's Literature (various titles) and short lists for Governor General's (Tess) and Norma Fleck (A Second is a Hiccup). Her books have been translated into many languages.  She is still always looking for a good story to tell.           www.hazelhutchins.net

Tom Keenan, Saturday, 5 May 2012, 9:00 am

Libraries are becoming the battleground for some of the thorniest issues of information privacy, rights management, e-plagiarism and data persistence. With new-found powers of almost universal data access come new and often unexpected responsibilities.

Dr. Tom Keenan will outline emerging vulnerabilities in security and privacy, ranging from bitsquatting (think cybersquatting but at the bit level) to location hacking, social network data squeezing and genetic genealogy. The talk with be fun and non-technical (except maybe for the bitsquatting) and fast-paced. He will also recommend a "mindset" to help you expect (and deal with) the unexpected.

About Tom: Dr. Keenan combines a deep computer science background with a lively appreciation of the legal and social issues that make technology so interesting. He was educated at Columbia University earning degrees in philosophy, mathematics, engineering and education. Tom appears regularly on radio, television, and writes for several newspapers and blogsites.          www.drfuture.com/

Conni Massing
, Sunday, 6 May 2012, 9:30 am

“The Art of Saying No”
Author and playwright Conni Massing explores the notion of creating and maintaining balance as a free-lance artist as well as in the context of adventures from her comic memoir about road-tripping around Alberta.

About Conni: Conni Massing is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film, radio, and television. Her first book, Roadtripping: On the Move with the Buffalo Gals, was published in 2010. A recipient of a Queen’s Jubilee Medal for contributions to the arts,Conni was also honoured as one of 100 people who have made a contribution to Alberta theatre in the last one hundred years.          http://www.connimassing.com/

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Social Events

Silent Auction

Silent Auction, back by popular demand! The Auction will run on May 4 and 5 with some items ending on the Friday and others on Saturday. Just a reminder that the lucky winners MUST pick up their treasures by the end of the auction day.

There are already some fabulous and exciting items to bid on but there is always room for more! If you have an item to donate to the Silent Auction, contact conference@aalt.org.

“Wake Up to the Sunrise” Activities

The Conference Committee has come up with some refreshing and energizing activities for our conference delegates!

If you enjoy rising early and want to breathe in fresh mountain air before breakfast, then join us for an invigorating walk or run on one of the nearby pathways. For those a little less “outdoorsy,” other early morning activities, such as yoga, tai chi, or maybe some zumba, will help get you up to face the day!

Thursday Night – President’s Reception – “Balance, Twist & Tumble”

Calling all Conference Delegates! C’mon out to this year’s President’s reception and test your sense of balance! We’ve got games galore to see just how well you “stack” up to the rest! And for those of you that lean a little when you walk, come out to munch on snacks, talk to awesome people, and laugh at this year’s esteemed AALT President as she falls flat on her face playing Twister!

Friday Night Activity – “Achieving Balance” Photo Hunt

If you are looking for something fun to do on your free Friday night, instead of staying in your room watching television, we have organized a scavenger hunt with a focus on “Achieving Balance!” All you need are a couple of friends and a digital camera or phone that is capable of taking pictures (digital cameras will be supplied if the team doesn’t have one). Prizes will be awarded for best and most creative photos!

Saturday Night Banquet

Saturday’s banquet promises to be an energized and entertaining event starting with tributes to AALT award recipients and retiring MacEwan ins
tructor Tony Fell and finishing up with the lively and melodious tones of the renowned Pat Belliveau Quartet featuring Sherry Kennedy.

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Annual General Meeting

AALT AGM is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 12 pm. The AGM package will be available in the Members Only site at www.aalt.org and from the AALT Secretary at secretary@aalt.org.

There are still positions available on the 2012-2013 AALT Board of Directors. To have your name added to the elections ballot or for more information about the Board, please contact Sarah Stephens at president-elect@aalt.org.

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Contact Information

Payment Instructions

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    AALT Conference c/o Melanie Belliveau

    D253, 3510 - 44 Ave SW
    Calgary, AB; T3E 6W2

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