This year marks ALA's 60th Anniversary. It is a time for us to reflect on and celebrate the work done by ALA members on behalf of their communities across the country. We know that Adult Community Education (ACE) organisations do much more than engage the community through learning opportunities, which in itself transforms lives.
ACE is embedded in the community and understands and connects deeply and meaningfully with their local communities by enabling people. ACE has and continues to play a critical role in advocating, supporting, and assisting community members. The role that ACE plays in rebuilding communities can be seen by example in the recent bushfires recovery and rebuilding strategies that focus on the needs of individual communities. This is the strength of ACE. No doubt as Australia begins to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, ACE’s role will be critical to support, advocate and work with communities to rebuild right across the country.
The ALA Board is and will continue to work hard over these next few years to assist, advocate, and work alongside our members as we rebuild our communities. ALA is currently finalising our Strategic Plan for the next three years that has a focus on being a strong voice for members, advocating for the important role of ACE to government, and providing support post COVID-19.
I want to thank all of our ALA members and acknowledge that this year has been and continues to be challenging for all of us. There will be many people that will turn to their ACE centres in their communities for support, advocacy, and assistance with learning opportunities that will enable and open up opportunities for them post COVID-19.
Annette Foley, ALA President