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Council Update

Council made the following appointments to:
The New Interns Committee 2015:
Afsaneh Asayesh   
Albert Shiu   
Danielle Whitley             
Raminder Juneja   
Swapan Jeet Kaur          
Amir Azadeh
Amy Norris
Christina Taylor
Christine Legault
Emad Ghattas
Sara Jordao
Talayeh Rad

Admission Course Review Sub-committee:
Dan McTavish – 3-year term
Matthew Hickey– 3-year term
Zhoheb Kherada– 3-year term
2015 Society Special Funding
Following up on Council direction from the May meeting, OAA Communications Committee recommended the funding of all Societies’ first, second and third requests. Council approved additional budget based on the level of public awareness and advocacy activities being undertaken at the local level.  Societies will be notified officially over the next few days. 

Fall Workshop: Mission/Vision 
Council approved a meeting of the Society Chairs at the OAA in the fall with the objectives of holding a workshop with Council to confirm the OAA’s Strategic Goals, Mandate and objectives; the prime responsibility to protect the public interest; and integrating Design Excellence into a broader segment of our communications.
Brand Architect Initiative to roll out throughout 2015
Brand Architect Initiative funding was approved to integrate the messaging (recommendations from the December 2014 report) throughout the current public awareness program, media relations, and existing OAA Communication vehicles and programs.
Public Awareness Campaign Update
Kim Graham & Associates (kg&a) presented their bi-annual update report to Council. The spring media relations report, focusing on the OAA Awards and Conference, indicated a 50% increase in coverage from last year with more in depth, targeted headlines and messaging; and better placement within the publications. For a copy of the report, click here.

Next Council Meeting 
The next Council meeting will take place on Thursday, September 17, at OAA Headquarters. Members are welcome to attend the open session. Please RSVP to Tina Carfa if you plan to attend.