By Belinda Mort
The second joint annual meetings of PAC (a recognized Regional Body member of IAF) and APLAC were held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 13 – 20 June. The meetings were hosted by the Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB).
These meetings marked the 20th Anniversary of PAC’s foundation and PAC celebrated this milestone during the official dinner and Plenary, with former Chairs of PAC participating and being presented with service plaques. The current PAC Chair, Mr. Brett Abraham, and PAC Secretary, Ms Belinda Mort, were also presented with service plaques, the latter for 20 years of service to PAC.
We were especially honoured to have Mr. John Hulbert (Australia & New Zealand), founder and inaugural Chair of PAC (1995 – 1999) attend the meetings and speak at the official dinner. Past Chairs Mr. Xiao Jianhua (2nd PAC Chair) and Mr. Shinichi Iguchi (4th PAC Chair) also spoke. Unfortunately Ms. Elva Nilsen (3rd PAC Chair) was unable to attend, but her contribution to PAC was also acknowledged on the night.
Mr. Nigel Jou, current Chair of APLAC, congratulated PAC on reaching this milestone and presented a plaque to commemorate the occasion. It was especially nice to be able to celebrate with our APLAC colleagues as we continue to work closely together in making the joint meetings and other joint activities a success.
Our thanks to the team from SLAB and PAC Vice Chair, Mr. Ekanit Romyanon, who was largely responsible for organising the attendance of the past Chairs and also MC ‘d the official dinner.