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Statement from the East York-Scarborough Reading Association
Many of our participants have reached out to share their concerns regarding our hosting the 2022 Reading for the Love of It (RFTLOI) conference. All our worst fears have now been realized, and it is with a broken heart that our organization has been forced to cancel the conference that was set to take place at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, February 24th and 25th.
In the last two weeks it has become increasingly clear that we will not be able to do justice to the event experience educators expect from this landmark annual event. Nor are we able to produce our usual robust conference attendance for our treasured speakers.
COVID, and most recently, the omicron variant, has taken its toll on educators everywhere both in the classroom, virtual or in-person, and in their ability to travel and join their peers in a professional development opportunity that has been enjoyed for more than 40 years. Exhaustion and a lack of resources have prevailed.
It has also taken its toll on our not-for-profit organization, even with the easing of restrictions as outlined by the Ontario government on January 20th, it is all just too little, too late.
During the month of January, we are typically overrun with registrations. Sadly, any and all those that were received have been matched by a similar number of cancellations. As a not-for-profit, run almost entirely by volunteers, we are devastated taking this decision, but want you to know that we hope to return in 2023, stronger than ever. It will be three years on from our last in-person conference held back in 2020, and we hope that you will consider re-joining us.
We will be starting over again this spring.
Board of Directors and Reading Council Executive