Chapter News: January 2015

BC

The BC Chapter is excited about the coming year, with a 9-member Executive, of which two are new members.

The Chapter is planning to hold at least two socials this year – one each in Vancouver and Victoria, with more interest being shown on Vancouver Island.

The Chapter is also hosting training in conjunction with the Canadian Trainers’ Collective.Foundations in Public Participationis a professional development program designed with the input of successful practitioners who work with diverse populations and divergent circumstances throughout the world. This program is divided into two modules, each focusing on one of the two major phases of public participation – planning and techniques.

This program will let you hit the ground running – armed with the knowledge and confidence you need to plan and execute effective initiatives for any area in which you may be working. Upon completion of both modules, participants will receive a certificate of completion from IAP2.

The Canadian Trainers Collectiveis hosting this foundations course in Vancouver on March 2 – 6.

Planning for Effective P2
(3 day course on March 2, 3, 4)

Techniques for Effective P2
(2 day course on March 5 & 6)

WILD ROSE

The Wild Rose Chapter is looking for volunteers to serve on committees including Outreach, Professional Development and Communications. Visit theWild Rose websiteto find out more. The Chapter will also be hosting smaller networking events in 2015, such as one in Fort McMurray which attracted about 8 people, and attendance is increasing at the regular coffeeklatches and brown bag lunches.

PRAIRIES

Greetings from the IAP2 Prairies Chapter! We’ve been busy with a number of governance-related initiatives including the very recent election of new Board members.

We were extremely pleased to have 10 excellent nominees for our seven vacant positions and we thank all nominees for putting their names forward. Another exciting result of this past election was that we were able to meet our goal of having Board representation from each of the provinces that fall within our Chapter (Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwest Ontario).

The official announcement of our newest Board members will be made immediately following our AGM which is scheduled for Monday, February 9 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Clay Oven, 1 Portage Avenue East (Shaw Park Baseball Stadium).

Anyone is welcome to attend our AGM and if you will be in Winnipeg on business, please consider dropping by. We are requesting RSVP by no later than February 3 toprairies@iap2canada.ca.

And we want to stay in touch! Follow us onTwitter, like us onFacebook, or join our group onLinkedIn.

GREAT LAKES

Great Lakes Chapter Winter Schmooze 2015 – February 3rd in Toronto

Please join the Great Lakes Chapter and our special guests at our Winter Schmooze on Tuesday, February 3 at the Blake House in Toronto. We’ll be joined by Jason Diceman of the City of Toronto and Richard Delaney of Delaney and Associates for an informative and fun panel discussion. Appetizers are on us but you can treat yourself to a Blake House’s fantastic menu if you’re more peckish. Arrive at 6 pm to meet your fellow Great Lakes P2 practitioners and grab a bite and some drinks. The Panel will begin around 6:45 pm.

You can also learn about opportunities to participate on the 2015/16 Executive Committee. You’ll love the experience.

ST LAWRENCE/ST-LAURENT

Nine people have put their names forward in the elections – which closed Jan. 26 – which means there should be a healthy Board for the coming year. The AGM will take place Feb 12, meeting simultaneously in Ottawa and Montréal, followed by separate meetings in English and French.

ATLANTIC

This Emerging Chapter is sending its comments on the Chapter Proposal to the IAP2 Canada Board. In the coming year, there will be training in Halifax and St John’s, and the organizers are looking for opportunities to hold networking events in conjunction with the training.

YUKON/NORTH

In an effort to build a greater IAP2 Northern presence, John Glynn-Morris has teamed up with Dialogue Partners to offer a training course May 25-29. So far there is interest from the City of Whitehorse, various Yukon Government departments, private consultants, and staff from several First Nation governments.

The training is timely, as the Territory is working through various legal, social and economic challenges with roots in public participation. John hopes one outcome of this training course is to build a network of IAP2 practitioners with long-term goal of one day developing a Yukon or Northern Chapter. 

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