2020 was a challenging year for us all but also provided great opportunity for us to reach new audiences all over the world with SNACC being delivered completely online for the first time in our 20 year history.
The theme of SNACC for 2020 "How Can We Ensure The Bonds of Scottish North American Friendship - The Relevance of Scottish Identity in a Globalized World."
Keynote speeches for the 2020 Conference:
Keynote - Clans • Families • Our Names • Our Heritage
Andrew Morrison, Viscount Dunrossil
The Enduring Resonance of the Declaration of Arbroath
Charles Edward Bruce, Lord Bruce DL MA MSc FSA Scot
Scotland’s Influence on North America
Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish, Former First Minister of Scotland
News From the Lyon Court
Rev. Dr. Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms
The SNACC Committee would like to thank all who presented, participated and attended Conference in a year that was quite like no other.
Andrew Morrison, Viscount Dunrossil gives his keynote speech and presentation, 'Co Leis Thu', which explores the very nature of identity, who we are as Scots and as descendants of Scots all over the world.
Keith MacGregor, Dr. Maurice Gleeson, Dr. Robin Spencer and Sue Miller take us on an exciting journey in tracing DNA and ancestry at the Scottish North American Community Conference.
Entitled 'Revealing The Make Up Of Scotland's People' this presentation gives a valuable insight into the journey of tracing genetics and ancestry. Dr. Durie gives his expert insights and personal advice on how best to proceed with tracing your ancestry and heritage.
Gus Noble welcomes attendees to the Scottish North American Community Conference 2020 and provides reflection on the importance of community and the bonds of friendship between Scotland and North America.
Joni Smith, Scottish Affairs Counsellor to USA, Scottish Government gives greetings to Conference on behalf of the Scottish Government.
Keynote speech from Charles, Lord Bruce:
'What the Declaration of Arbroath is to Scotland'.
Charles, Lord Bruce, direct descendent of Robert the Bruce, reflects on the 200th anniversary of The Declaration of Arbroath in 2020.
In this panel discussion the speakers focus on the enduring resonance of the Declaration of Arbroath and what it means not only to Scots but as an ever relevant symbol of independence, resistance and the right to freedom.
Panel Discussion featuring:
Charles, Lord Bruce,
John King Bellassai, President of COSCA
Professor Donna Heddle (UHI)
Graeme Mackenzie (Association of Highland Clans & Societies)
Keynote speech from Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish:
'Scotland's Influence on North America'
In his speech, Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish reflects on the history of Scotland's contributions to the foundation of North America as well as providing some political insights in the modern day.
A former First Minister of Scotland, Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish holds a visiting professorship shared between the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Arkansas School of Law.
A fascinating look at the contributions of Scotland to North America historically and on key figures who influenced the foundations and development of both the USA and Canada.
Ken McGoogan - Canadian History Writer and Author
Sergio Villavicencio - Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society
John King Bellassai - Council of Scottish Clans and Associations
Sir Malcom MacGregor shares with us his expert insight into the craft of photography and talks us through his process and approach to photography with examples of his photography.
Sir Malcolm MacGregor is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography.
Camilla Hellman MBE presents the results of the Conference survey questionnaire in which we invited our attendees to share their experiences and perspectives on a wide range of areas including their own personal study of their family heritage, whether they had traced their family tree or taken a DNA test.
The results were hugely interesting and we thank all those who took part in the survey questionnaire!
This panel brings organizers of leading Scottish societies and festivals together to share how they have used innovative means to keep their organizations visible and to engage with others during a year which brought very specific challenges as a result of COVID 19.
The panelists share how they have been using online technology to engage with current audiences as well as attracting new audiences and building awareness online this year.
The panelists for Our Virtual Presence - The New Normal:
Camilla Hellman, MBE, President, American Scottish Foundation Bob Creighton, Chair of NHSCOT's Council of Advisors
Kyle Dawson, President, National Tartan Day NY
Kimberlee Bradford, President, St. Andrew's Society of Los Angeles
Jane Torrance, The Scottish Society of Ottawa,
Cheryl Gowing, President, Association of Scottish Games and Festivals
Deb Dalziel, Board, Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games Heather MacLeod Theoret, The Scottish Society of Ottawa
Presentation of The Tartan Day Award to Bob Creighton.
Presented by and representing The Scottish Coalition USA:
Camilla Hellman, MBE, The American Scottish Foundation
John King Bellassai, Council of Scottish Clans and Associations
Cheryl Gowing, Association of Scottish Games and Festivals
Peter Wilson, Scottish Heritage USA
A panel discussion exploring how musicians and creatives are continuing to develop their craft, teach and learn in 2020.
The panelists in this discussion are:
Rory 'Gus' Sinclair
The panelists discuss their experiences and insights into online learning, the value of building and developing networks and the importance of education and best practice for education.
The panelists in this discussion are:
William Petrie, Chair, Clans And Scottish Societies of Canada Professor Kevin James, Chair Scottish Studies, University of Guelph
Professor Frank Rennie, University of the Highlands and Islands Julie Bond, Gaelic Society of Toronto
Bob Creighton, Founder & CEO of Mentorshop
Kenneth C. Donnelly, Chairman of the American Scottish Foundation gives a toast and thanks to the Scottish North American Community Conference 2020.
Camilla Hellman, MBE welcomes attendees to Conference
Dr. Joseph Morrow, QC, Lord Lyon King of Arms gives an update from the Lyon Court at the Scottish North American Community Conference 2020.
Joni Smith, Scottish Affairs Counsellor to USA, Scottish Government provides response to questions from the Scottish North American Community Conference Executive Team.
Joni Smith shares insights from the Scottish Government to Scottish North American organizations as well as key messaging from the Scottish Government.
In the presentation entitled 'Sir Walter Scott, the strangeness of Scotland and the idea of America', Professor McCracken-Flesher gives a stimulating account of the life and legacy of Sir Walter Scott and his works.
The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs is the definitive and authoritative body for information on the Scottish Clan System.
In this film montage we share highlights from some of Scotland's premiere cultural events, projects, locations and festivals including:
The Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Spirit of the Highlands Project
Culloden Visitor Centre - National Trust for Scotland
Jennifer Coutts Clay is the author of Jetliner Cabins: Evolution & Innovation, still the only comprehensive guide to aircraft-cabin design, covering trends from the 1970s to the present day.
With an immense wealth of experience, knowledge and passion for aviation, Jennifer Coutts Clay provides an in-depth presentation looking at all aspects of aviation and travel.
The panelists discuss 'timelines for tourism' in Scotland, looking at events that are coming up in Scotland as well as celebrating some success stories in Scotland in 2020.
Panelists share their insights into future tourism in Scotland as well as highlighting their experiences of being involved in tourism, culture and learning in Scotland.
The panel are:
William Petrie, Chair, Clans And Scottish Societies of Canada
Kristen Bridier, Exec Director, National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA
Prof. Donna Heddle, University of the Highlands and Islands
Prof. David Worthington, University of the Highlands and Islands
Lord Jamie Sempill
Gordon Boag, Glasgow Life
Jamie McGeechan, American Scottish Foundation
Lt. Gov. John Cherry gives thanks and final remarks at the Scottish North American Community Conference 2020.
With closing remarks and thanks from Conference Executive:
Camilla Hellman, MBE, President, American Scottish Foundation
John King Bellassai, President, Council of Scottish Clans and Associations
Kevin James, Chair, Scottish Studies Foundation, University of Guelph
Maggie McEwan, Vice-Chair, Scottish Studies Foundation
Gus Noble, President, Chicago Scots
THE SCOTTISH COALITION USA (TSC)
NATIONAL TARTAN DAY AWARD
This Year's Awardee is Gus Noble
PRESENTED ANNUALLY TO RECOGNIZE AN EXCEPTIONAL SCOTTISH AMERICAN COMMUNITY LEADER - EXCEPTIONAL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR.
GUIDELINES FOR AWARD BACKGROUND, PROCESS, AND CRITERIA. BACKGROUND:
The Scottish Coalition USA has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining a national platform for the Observance of Tartan Day in the USA - now observed in various ways from San Diego to Charlotte, to Washington DC and New York City.
Recognizing the efforts of those that help to sustain and grow the Scottish American Diaspora, TSC USA is increasing the nomination outreach this year. We are inviting leading Scottish American organizations, organizers of Games and Festivals, leading Clans, and individual National Tartan Day Coordinators (employing the TSC USA Members outreach) to provide a clear path in submitting their nominations.
Organizations that comprise The Scottish Coalition USA are:
American-Scottish Foundation (ASF) Association of Scottish Games & Festivals (ASGF) Council of Scottish Clans and Associations (COSCA) The Living Legacy of Scotland Scottish-American Military Society (SAMS) Scottish Heritage USA (SHUSA)
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