Our departing Chairperson, Signe Neimane, marked the culmination of her leadership of the ENIRDELM Board by creating with her Latvian colleagues another highly professionally organised conference, our 25th, and also a very creative experience for the 90+ participants. As the previous item in this blog shows, we got to paint together for the first time. We also had lots of chance to interact with several young school and recently graduated Latvian students. First, they led us on a walkabout around Jurmala. Second,in a new activity – a ‘circle panel’ session – Rolands Ozols involved every participant in groups each with a student leading the discussion who then became a panel to report on their encounter with ENIRDELMers. The session explored the distinction between the conference themes: equality (sameness?) and equity (fairness?) and everyones’ notion of quality.
In another creative move, with the help of Board members Kristina and Tim the Board set up a new twitter account #enirdelm. Our November Newsletter (deadline for your contributions = 10.10.16) will offer more encouragement to strengthen our digital social networking. We said a grateful goodbye to Jukka Ahonen who left the Board after serving for a second term and welcomed Sebastjan Cagran, his replacement from Slovenia. Roman Dorczak issued an invitation to all old and new friends to join the 26th ENIRDELM conference in Krakow 14-17 September 2017 and showed a short film of the attractive former capital of Poland. Finally, we ended the three enjoyable days in Latvia with our usual creative celebration of our diversity of national songs, drinks and dances in the magnificent and elegant historic Small Guild building in Old Riga. Bravo to all our Latvian friends for their warm and creative hospitality!