Article by Dr. Chris Buddle, Professor at the McGill University.
I was in Ottawa back in December, and found a bit of time to visit the Entomological Society of Canada’s headquarters, on Winston Avenue. It was a real treat – our office manager (Derna Lisi) is always thrilled to have visitors, and will make you a lovely cup of coffee! The office is where memberships get processed, general queries from members get answered, and where printing, mailing and processing paperwork gets done. It’s also a place where you can browse through ALL the volumes of The Canadian Entomologist. The office has seven copies of all TCE issues, well-organized, and fully accessible. Although the journal is electronic now, it sure is nice to hold the Volume 1, Issue 1, in your hands. That is a lot of history! It is also somewhat comforting to know that hard copies exist, and that they are well cared for.
Although I visit Ottawa with some frequency, I always seemed to find reasons not to visit the ESC headquarters. That was a mistake. It was a real pleasure to meet Derna, see the operations, and realize that our society has a brick-and-mortar face to it. We are all busy and overworked, but I do encourage you to stop by 393 Winston Ave next time you are in Ottawa. As a further incentive, there are some lovely shops nearby, including Mountain Equipment Coop. Go grab your field clothes and stop in to say hi to Derna! You’ll be glad you did.