- 2011-2013 IAP2 BC Chapter Executive Officers
Great Lakes Chapter
- Great Lakes Chapter Formation: Jump Aboard!
St Lawrence Chapter
- Annual General Meeting Postponed
BC Chapter News
2011-2013 IAP2 BC Chapter Executive Officers
On November 21st the BC Chapter held its second AGM. Over 30 members and guests attended which saw the installation of a new Executive Committee consisting of 6 members, all of whom are new faces, the end of the two year terms of the inaugural Executive Committee, and a celebration of the Chapter breaking the 100 member mark. The handing over of the Chapter to the new Executive was the culmination of two years of work to formalize the Chapter and to put the organizational structure and finances in place to provide a solid foundation to take the Chapter into the future.
An informal BC Chapter has existed since the early 1990s, where a variety of people came together and worked toward providing shared public participation education, networking, and professional development opportunities over the ensuing years. In the early 1990s the BC Chapter hosted the IAP2 international conference in Whistler. It was a huge success with support from government and crown corporations, but also burned out the people involved. Another conference was hosted in Vancouver in 2000. It was through the ongoing efforts and perseverance of people such as Marilyn Marchment and, after the 2000 conference, Katherine Beavis that the Chapter kept percolating along.
The push to formalize the Chapter came from IAP2 Board. In the fall of 2008, Amelia Shaw, who was a member of the IAP2 Board and the Chapter Liaison, met with now past BC Chapter President Donald Golob and others locally to gather information and outline some options. This led to the IAP2 Board deciding to hold one of its meetings in Vancouver in April of 2009 along with a meeting of IAP2 Chapter leaders from across North America, and the BC Chapter taking the lead in organizing a one-day education symposium that was attended by 70 people from BC, other parts of Canada, and beyond.
That summer Marilyn Marchment and Katherine Beavis spearheaded the development of a strategic plan for the Chapter which led to the holding of an election for the Chapters first Executive (whose members included Donald Golob, Emma Shea, Marilyn Marchment, and Katherine Beavis) and its first formal AGM in October 2009.
The move to formalize the Chapter was a major milestone in the history and evolution of IAP2 in BC. With the foundation that is in place, the BC Chapter, the new Executive, and its members are poised to move into the future and take P2 in BC to new heights and new places.
The IAP2 BC Chapter Executive Officers who will be installed at the BC Chapter November 21, 2011 AGM are, in alphabetical order by position:
- Member Services Coordinator: Craig Amundsen (elected by acclamation)
- Partnership Development Coordinator: Caryl Harper (elected by vote of the membership)
- President: Catherine Rockandel (elected by acclamation)
- Program Development Coordinator: Vincent Gonsalves (elected by acclamation)
- Secretary: Drew Ferrari (elected by acclamation)
Great Lakes Chapter
Great Lakes Chapter Formation: Jump Aboard!
IAP2 members in the Great Lakes area have struck a Steering Committee to continue the process of chapter formation. A work plan outlining the actions we are embarking on to achieve Chapter status is in the works and will be circulated early in the new year for dialogue, shaping and finishing. Communications, Research and Events subcommittees are also starting.
A local members meeting is being planned for early 2012 so we can network and continue our momentum. Ideas for guest speakers and/or locations and sponsors are greatly appreciated.
For more information, to add your name to the contact list or to share your talents, please contact Tracey Ehl.
Best of the season to all,
Great Lakes Steering Committee
St. Lawrence Chapter Update
Annual General Meeting Postponed
IAP2 St. Lawrence Chapter has postponed the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to after the holiday season. Please stay tuned for more information!
The event will be a lunch-and-learn session and will include elections for the new board. The new board will include a chapter revitalization working group, to expand regional membership and capacity. If you're up for a challenge, be sure to attend and contribute.
For more information, please contact Richard Delaney.