Marielle Gauthier recently celebrated her 20th year as an IABC Saskatoon member! So we could better understand her experience as a communicator and her long-term involvement with IABC, she answered these questions.
What do you consider the benefits of being part of IABC?
There are so many benefits of being an IABC member. For me the top benefits are networking; personal connections, professional development; and accreditation. I have made many wonderful friends through IABC whose friendships I cherish to this day. Another benefit for me is knowing that I can contact any IABC member anywhere in the world and they will more than likely graciously help me out or if I am travelling in their part of the world invite me to stop and visit them when in their city. And of course, the opportunity to attend professional development sessions as well as present is also invaluable for me. Accreditation is also a big benefit for communication professionals as it proves a certain level of knowledge, expertise and execution.
How did you first get involved with IABC?
My first involvement with IABC Saskatoon was when I volunteered myself as a “floater” on the IABC executive. Just a few weeks later, the new president moved away. Guess who “floated” to the role as president?
How would someone you know describe you?
Those who know me well, I think would describe me as kind, generous, determined, tenacious, adventurous and always looking for a new fun experience and a good laugh.
What do you do when you aren’t working?
I am at the gym, spending time with friends and family, travelling, doing volunteer work, taking photos, hiking, reading or relaxing.
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I used to work as a meteorological technician with Environment Canada and was stationed in the very high arctic, Eureka on Ellesmere Island. While there I explored the area with my camera and took photos of the amazing landscape. I also had many unique experiences including 24 hour darkness; being completely engulfed by a fog bank; and sliding down an iceberg.
What are you currently working on?
Besides offering communication services, I also offer executive and team coaching services. I became a professional coach in 2006 and was accredited as an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation in 2014. I am currently taking a new coaching course called ‘Conversational Intelligence’ (C-IQ) which builds upon my neuroscience knowledge. C-IQ brings my passions of communications and coaching together – helping individuals and organizations to have more productive conversations, increase engagement and trust, and improve relationships. It is my goal to become a certified Conversational Intelligence coach.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about being an IABC member?
Just do it. IABC is an invaluable resource on so many levels. You will meet great people who are generous with their time and knowledge.
What advice do you have for other chapter members?
Keep learning and sharing. By helping others become the best communicator they can become makes our Chapter, our members and our industry stronger.
Thanks for being a great part of IABC Saskatoon, Marielle!
As Marielle says, “Just do it.” Join IABC Saskatoon to develop your career, network with local communication professionals and participate in accreditation, awards and professional development opportunities. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.