Reviewing a dark legacy in Ontario
Announcing the winner of the Donald Golob Award
Thoughts on the Prairies about the US Election
Members of the IAP2 Great Lakes Chapter got an up-close look at some of the history of Residential Schools for First Nations children, visiting the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario. (Read the article here.)
The BC Chapter had a very busy November, highlighted by the Annual General Meeting, in which members from around the province and Yukon took part via Skype, as well as in-person in Vancouver. Catherine Rockandel’s President’s Report can be found here.
The current Board was retained by acclamation and welcomed new member Heidi Klein.
Drew Ferrari was named the first recipient of the Donald Golob Award, inaugurated this year to honor someone who has made an outstanding
contribution to the profession and to IAP2. One of the nomination letters states, in part, “Drew Ferrari has spent almost two decades supporting, encouraging and growing awareness of P2 and its values with Stantec, IAP2, clients and many more.
“His artistic talents in relation to Drawing and Dialogue or Co-Design are simply amazing. Drew can truly bring people’s thoughts, feedback and comments to life by authentically listening, drawing and allowing people to immediately visualize what they said. He also ensures the IAP2 core values, spectrum and principles are woven throughout the engagement portion of projects and submissions.”
Also in November, the Chapter sponsored and promoted the Canadian Public Relations Society-Vancouver Island’s annual conference, “Beyond the Hype: Perspectives on Public Engagement”. It was held November 18 at Royal Roads University, just outside Victoria. The Chapter also gave a presentation at the Affordable Housing Conference in Richmond, which was described as one of the more informative and inspiring at the event.
A lunch and learn was held on November 16th: “Let’s Get Digital: Strategies and Techniques for Online Public Participation.” Our speaker, Derek Leverington was in-person in Regina and broadcast via web conference in Saskatoon.
On December 6th, Martin Itzkow presented at a Lunch and Learn in Winnipeg. His topic: “What can Donald Trump teach us? Complex Community Dialogue and Engagement With the ‘No’ Voices.”
The Prairies Chapter, in conjunction with Dialogue Partners, will be hosting IAP2 Foundations training sessions in Winnipeg and Regina in the coming months. The first Winnipeg sessions was held November 16-18 (Planning) and had 25 attendees.
Currently the Chapter is undertaking their elections process for the upcoming year and self-nominations were submitted until December 9 with voting to follow.