We bid farewell

We bid farewell

TWO VALUED COUNCILLORS chose not to stand for reelection again this year.

So, it is with great sadness that we say farewell to Councillor for Membership James Gibson APSNZ EFIAP and Colin Kropach, Councillor for Events.

Having served on Council for two years James (right) has made an enormous contribution to Council and the Society overall.

In particular he really increased the level of communication with members,

liaising with anyone who made an inquiry and responding with thorough information, usually within a 24-hour period.

 James went out of his way to liaise and visit as many clubs as he could, often to make a presentation on landscape photography but also to share the benefits of club affiliation to the Society.

With the PSNZ Workshop Series being so successful members can thank James for developing the programme and launching it in 2019.

To say he has put his heart and soul into running the programme would be an understatement.

I can’t thank James enough for accepting my invitation to join Council and for the contributions he has made.

Hopefully, with more time on his hand James will continue to make stunning landscape and nature photographs as he and Helen explore

and travel around New Zealand in their ‘Vanbulance’ campervan, and soar to greater heights in his latest passion of paragliding.

James continues to be an active and valued member of the Christchurch Photographic Society

and like PSNZ they too appreciate his enthusiasm and commitment to furthering the Society’s work.

Colin Kropach from Auckland joined Council in 2019 and immediately began working with the Christchurch

Photographic Society to continue steering them towards hosting the 2020 National Convention. Only COVID-19 got in the way and derailed it and everyone else.

Regretfully Colin has been suffering ill health and although I’m really sorry to lose him, I am pleased he came to this decision because as we all know family and our health come first.

Having chaired the successful 2017 National Convention in Auckland, when the Events portfolio became vacant we knew Colin would be the perfect man for the role.

 Especially with the move towards having sub-committees organise and implement the regional and national conventions.

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