After two years of being unable to meet up due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SCB Malaysia Chapter members were finally able to meet up in Sabah at the 2nd Asia Park Congress held at the International Convention Centre (SICC), Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
“It was refreshing to see a lot of new and enthusiastic young conservationists among the familiar faces. This is also the first time that the current executive board members held a physical event, which was truly a pleasant and tremendous learning experience. The main objective of the side event was to elect a Sabah ex-officio member, which we did. We are happy to welcome our new SCB Malaysia Sabah representative, Ms Elsiey Ercy Jomes from University Malaysia Sabah. Ms Elsiey is currently doing her Masters program studying the diet of the Sunda Pangolin, Manis javanica.
The event also highlighted past events, membership promotion, and discussion of the future and direction of the Malaysia Chapter. The election of a new Sabah representative ensures that we have a relevant face and voice of SCB Malaysia to recruit more members in Borneo.
The support given by SCB global and SCB Asia has been pivotal in training and preparing early career conservationists, especially the new EB and we believe this will be a platform to strategize for future activities in Malaysia.
Justine Vaz (SCB BoG Interim Secretary) and Alex Diment ( SCB Asia Section Chapters and Membership Liasion) also attended the meeting and highlighted the new vision of SCB global by providing autonomy, empowerment, and support to the Chapters.”
This meet up was made possible in part by the 2022 Soulé Savings Species Chapter Activity Grant Program. The purpose of these grants is to support SCB Chapters in their activities while also promoting the benefits of membership in the SCB Global society.