Archives for June 2016

Celebrating 20 years with IABC Saskatoon!

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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.

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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 yxe-membership@iabc.com to learn more.

You can help shape the future of IABC Saskatoon

We are looking for your feedback to ensure the IABC Saskatoon chapter delivers events and benefits to best meet your interests and needs. Please take 5-10 minutes and complete our membership and colleague survey.

Not only will your opinions help guide decisions that will impact your chapter, you’ll have the chance to win a $50 gift card to Cut Casual Steak and Tap.

www.surveymonkey.com/r/iabcyxe2016
The survey will be open until Monday, June 20, 2016. So don’t delay!

Recap on the AGM & #IABClunchNlearn featuring Nancy Vonk and Janet Kestin

Thank you to all the members and guests who helped us exercise our fiduciary duty. Our president, Shaun Dyer, led us through the AGM where he highlighted the many accomplishments during the 2015 year. The changes to our bylaws were adopted and we welcomed in a new finance chair, Wadzie Mukura, to serve a two-year term.

Being part of the IABC Saskatoon board is a rewarding experience and if you’re interested in learning more, please contact our past-president, Alisha Edgelow at yxe-past-president@iabc.com.

The lunch and learn portion of our event featured two of the most influential creative directors in the advertising industry, the women behind Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty, Nancy Vonk and Janet Kestin.

The dynamic duo encouraged attendees to challenge the status quo – especially when our inner compass is directing us. They reminded us that leadership is a mindset, not a title and they shared the importance of mentoring as a career-building strategy.

In summary, these Kestin and Vonk were inspiring – and hilarious. Their joie de vivre was palpable and their insight on point. As partners in Swim, a creative leadership lab, they now work with companies to grow and support collaborative, fearless leaders.

Miss out on this great event? You can still purchase a copy of their book Darling, You Can’t Do Both. And Other Noise to Ignore on Your Way Up. from our chapter at $20 (retail value of $24.99). As co-founder of Fast Company, Alan Webber says, “A guide to breaking the rules that stunt careers and wreak havoc at home.” Just email yxe-membership@iabc.com by June 21.

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AGM documents

The following documents are for the IABC Saskatoon Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 9, 2016.

Agenda

Minutes of 2015 AGM

2015 annual report + proposed slate for 2015/2016

IABC Saskatoon Bylaws

Proposed Amendments to IABC Saskatoon Bylaws