The uttermost important feature of professional conferences is that attendees get to meet colleagues in person. I must have given hugs to 20 different people yesterday! We are also provided with many occasions to just have fun together. Where else can you hit the dance floor with your boss?!
I had the chance to chat with MLA living legend and Master Librarian, Lucretia McClure. She dropped by the MLA Scolarship Booth to add some ribbons to her badge, including "Queen" and "Troublemaker". Truly a heartfelt moment for this Social Butterfly!
Ms. Lucretia McClure
The first social event on my agenda on Sunday was the International Reception. It was set in a beautiful ballroom at the Royal York Hotel, sponsored by NEJM. People from around the globe gathered to share thoughts and a glass of wine.
Final stop of the day was the Wolters Kluwer Ovid reception, featuring the cover band MeatFish, composed of WK sales reps, a few CEOs and even a company attorney! Their wide repertoire included songs by Prince (Kiss, Purple Rain) and David Bowie (Modern Love, Let's Dance, Heroes). CHLA/ABSC distinguished member Patrick Ellis was a surprise performer as he showed off his long-time mastery of drums!
Patrick Ellis, master drummer
I road-tested for you the signature cocktail of the evening: the Cosy Cottage, a Canadian-inspired mix including rye and maple syrup. My verdict: excellent. And as the following pictures show, everyone had a great time at the Ovid party!
Tara Landry and Orvie Dingwall rock on; Lee-Anne Ufholz and Vivian Stieda sing along.