January 2021 Newsletter
A Message From Your President - Gwen Howard
January Message: Gwen Howard, President, IAP2 USA
Happy New Year to our IAP2 USA community! I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well.
Okay, before we exhale, grateful we are coming out of tough 2020 and hopeful for what 2021 will bring, I'd like to take a second to pause and reflect. I want to share with you what YOU, our members, did in 2020 as we became a more nimble organization.
So THANK YOU for all you did in getting us through 2020 and advancing the practice.
As 2020 is now hindsight it also has become foresight for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for IAP2 USA in 2021, and potentially beyond. But before we get to that part, let’s talk about what is planned for this year:
From the Executive Manager's Desk - Gail Madziar
January Message: Gail Madziar, Executive Manager, IAP2 USA
In my many years of association management, the most compelling answer to that question came from a board member who once told me, “during my service on the board of directors, I can honestly say that I learned something valuable from every single member.” This board member was a very experienced practitioner in her field, and I know she had mentored and trained many up-and-coming colleagues. We all know that our peers can be our best teachers. How many times have you learned something more useful in the hallway conversation than you did sitting through a session at a conference? Another volunteer told me she felt compelled to give back to an industry that made it possible for her to have such a successful career and good life for her family.
We all have our own reasons for contributing to our membership organizations. But whatever the reason, there is always a reward. Your colleagues and peers are your supporters, mentors, and sometimes simply a welcome shoulder when things don’t go quite right. Whatever your reason, we would to have you join us.
The 2021 Call for Volunteers is now open! Take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference in the P2 community. If you're interested in growing personally or professionally while contributing to your organization, we have a place for you.
We encourage you to explore the many avenues available to connect with your IAP2 USA and your colleagues. Review the committee descriptions.
2021 North American Virtual Conference: Get Involved
We did it before - we can do it again - create an informative, transformative and fun North American Conference in a virtual environment! The Conference is set for September 8-10; so please consider bringing your talents and passions to one of the committees.
Or consider the Sponsorship Committee, coming up with relevant, compelling ways that our various partners can support the conference. The groundwork has already been laid over years of success: here’s a great opportunity to help the organization and make new, valuable connections in the process. Read the job description and apply here. Deadline to apply: January 31, 2021.
Fun & Networking Committee
And then there’s the Fun and Networking Committee, which handles the social aspect of the conference. The 2020 Conference showed what’s possible, for helping people to connect and have some fun online; bring your creative ideas and build on that success. Read the job description and apply here. Deadline to apply: January 31, 2021
Don’t delay! The deadlines to apply are coming up quickly!
Webniar Recordings - Available free to Members On-Demand
Measuring What Matters
The practice of evaluation means we can be more confident in our decision-making, adapt to circumstances and achieve our goals effectively and efficiently. In this Taster Maria deBruijn explores how to support your organization’s goals by building on the fundamental elements of evaluation in P2. She touches on the levels of P2 evaluation and the four main purposes.
Partnerships are All About Relationships
Cooperative efforts between public agencies and Indigenous communities take the stage, as we present two “NAC Encores”. Walking Together tells the story of how a racial slur led to a cultural reconciliation at Alberta Health Services. Partnerships are All About Relationships describes how the Government of Canada has been working with ten Indigenous groups, literally from coast to coast to coast, to develop a web-based system for providing maritime data to local communities.
View these and other webinars in our Webinar Archives
Featured Course - Virtual Learning: A Master Class
2021 Online Training Calendar
Feb 11 - Virtual Leading: A Master Class
Feb 22 - Mar 4 - IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation
Mar 29 - Apr 1 - Strategies for Dealing with Opposition & Outrage in P2
Apr 12 - 22 - IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation
May 10 - 20 - IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation
More Coming Soon
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