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Emigration Event in Scotland

Since doing this journal I've had lots of emails in asking about emigration to Canada and I've just found out about this show in Scotland so thought I'd pass it on :-)

March 25-26
SECC, Glasgow, Scotland

The Emigrate and Opportunities Abroad show, the world’s longest established emigration event, will be making its northern debut this year at the SECC, once again providing you with the chance to find out everything you need to know about starting your new life overseas.

Even if you have your visas ready in hand, or are still unsure of your ideal destination, the Emigrate and Opportunities Abroad show is a vital first (or last!) step on the way. Covering both long and short haul destinations, whether it’s a complete new life or a second home in sunnier climes, you’ll find everything you need.

As always, the show will be backed up with our highly popular seminars, covering specific information on all aspects of the emigration process, panelled by experts, government officials and successful migrants.

Meet up with migration experts and officials, developers and estate agents, find out about employment, business and investment opportunities, sort out the practicalities of moving abroad and taking the pets and hear the experiences of others in the same situation.

Show Opening Times
Saturday 25th March 10am – 5pm
Sunday 26th March 10am – 4pm

I got in some excellent news that the Chatham Highland Games have been saved with a still to be announced Sponsor coming in at the last minute to save them.

20th February saw me receiving some samples from But n Ben...

OK... I did eat the square sausage before taking this picture and also the tattie scones :-)

And of course sliced haggis, black pudding and clootie dumpling

I did eat the sliced sausage as a sandwich with the plain bread as a breakfast treat as the delivery woke me up :-)

On 23rd February I watched part of  a web cast from the University of Guelph. It was the Inaugural President's Dialogue on the media. 

I had been given the opportunity to come along to this but declined and having watched some of this I now wish I had gone to it. I only got a chance to watch some of this but the bits I did listen to I just felt the panels views of the Internet were so old fashioned. In fact I was so disgusted with what some of them said that I sent an email into the President about it :-)

Having said that this type of web cast is excellent as so many more people will view it that could come in person. I couldn't find any way to actually send in a message although some obviously had as they presented questions that had been sent over the web.

I headed up to Toronto on Friday as I was to attend the  AGM of the Scottish Studies Foundation and the Scottish Studies Society which was to take place at 11.00am at the Bow & Arrow pub in Toronto.

And you might also notice Doug Ross toward the back of the photograph on the left.

Dr. Graeme Morton on the left who is doing an amazingly good job as the Chair of the Scottish Studies Dept. at the University of  Guelph.

I also got myself onto the board of the Scottish Studies Foundation and Nola Crewe got voted in as President of the Scottish Studies Society.  David Hunter, who has contributed pictures and books to the site, was returned as President of the Scottish Studies Foundation for another year.  David also announced that the Foundation has now paid in full the $750,000 pledge to create a permanent Chair of Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph and a further $50,000 towards a second $250,000 pledge to the same Chair which is to bring the total pledges to an amazing $1 million.  Absolutely fantastic job done by everyone. As well as this pledge the Foundation has also raised further funds for a range of Scottish activities and so well done all the Directors and members of the Foundation that have done such a magnificent job of fund raising over the years.

And... Doug Gibson (picture just above on the right) also gave me permission to post up the book "The McGregors", a novel of an Ontario Pioneer Family by Robert Laidlaw.  While it is a novel it is very much based on the author's personal knowledge of his own pioneer family and I think will tell us much about settlement on Ontario.

And here is Nola later that night as she not only celebrated her new role as President of the Scottish Studies Foundation but was also working on her sermon for her Sunday service :-)

And it was snowing in Toronto!

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