I am writing this from my home in Surrey, BC, on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Katzie, Tsawwassen, Stolo, Wasanec, and Kwantlen. Further, I am writing this on the evening of September 29, 2021, the eve of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. I encourage you, as part of the engineering fellowship, to do your part and help with the heavy work, by learning the truth, read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, engage in conversations and more, not just on September 30, but throughout the year.
We are getting ready for new iron ring obligation ceremonies for March 2022. We are currently working through issues of reserving venues, defining covid protocols, and confirming dates. If everything goes according to plan, it is our hope that in spring 2022 we will be able to hold live, and in-person iron ring ceremonies.
In 2020 and 2021, Camp 5 was able to conduct obligation ceremonies for approximately 2000 candidates through 7 online / broadcast ceremonies. We were treated to keynote speakers who provided key life lessons of what the obligation has meant to them, and how it has guided them in their careers. We all remember what it meant to become an obligated engineer, to take the obligation, and to proudly wear the reminder of that obligation in the Iron Ring throughout our careers. It is our hope, that you, the new candidates, will learn about the history of this obligation, and take this reminder with you as you learn your profession, and begin your service as engineers. As Kipling reminds us, the ring has rough edges, like each of us, like each of you, and it is through the years of effort and work that those edges are smoothed. Taking the obligation is an honourable tradition, and you are joining a worthy fellowship.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me (see Contact Us) and I will do my best to answer.
Neil K. Hemrajani Singh, P.Eng.