L to R: Anvars Zavackis, Monika Miglāne, interpreter Ojārs Balcers, Ainis Jukšs.
Next week, the Latvian Probation Service will celebrate the completion of their grant-funded projects by having a large conference with approximately 250-300 delegates from corrections, probation, government, academic institutions, and other concerned groups of stakeholders in the risk management world. My Latvian hosts have pulled together an impressive roster of speakers that will include many of the folks above, in addition to a large number of international delegates from Europe (e.g., Belgium, the Netherlands, Estonia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, the UK, and Norway), more Canadians, and a certain transplanted Canadian now living in Florida.
Of note to ATSA folks will be the inclusion of 2009 Significant Achievement Award winner Tony Beech and former AUDIOphilia guest vocalist Jo Clarke of the University of York in the UK. Indeed, ATSA will have a fine showing at this conference, which helps demonstrate the truly international scope of our organization.
At the end of next week, I will leave Latvia, maybe never to return. However, it has been great fun and certainly awe-inspiring to have been a part of the wonderful transformation that these folks have been undertaking. A good deal of credit is due to Project Leader Imants Jurevicius, who also made the long trip last fall to attend our conference in Phoenix.
Congratulations to our Latvian colleagues!