On 22 February, a reception was held at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in Edinburgh.
This was the first such event in Scotland since the pandemic, and was held to thank our volunteers and acknowledge their contribution.
Invitations were sent not only to volunteers based in Scotland but also to those in the north of England and Northern Ireland.
The evening was held in the conducive setting of the RCP library, with attendees including three past presidents, several Scottish Board members, Council members and early-career volunteers. It was a great mix of people, representing our vibrant and thriving volunteer community.
IFoA president Matt Saker and IFoA CEO Stephen Mann were on hand to thank the group for their work, and then joined Annette Spencer, director of public affairs and research, in mingling and meeting them as individuals.
It was great to be back together, in person, and there was a real buzz in the room.
The IFoA takes volunteer recognition seriously. Volunteers contribute in so many ways to so many activities – creating content for events, contributing to research and thought leadership, participating in committees and boards, answering surveys to shape the organisation’s direction, and contributing to the profession’s development.
We look forward to meeting as many volunteers as possible at our in-person conferences later this year and welcome suggestions on how best to recognise their efforts.
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