An Open Letter From The Chapter Chair - Corey Papp
In effort to create engagement opportunities and deliver value to Edmonton Chapter members, we have started to offer more opportunities for membership networking events such as the wine and food pairing educational event and the inaugural CSSE YEG Connect networking event. Feedback from this first event was terrific! Members really appreciated being able to network with each other, and we had nearly 30 members attend! Mark your calendars for CSSEYEG Connect, which are held every third Thursday around the city and surrounding area.
This year marked the 40th anniversary of NAOSH. Our Chapter celebrated a speakers conference and with a family event that included special presentations, face painting, a charity BBQ and even clowns. We were lucky to have a fire truck, CN police, and an ambulance join us as well. Our NAOSH conference was outstanding with four great speakers, excellent tradeshow booths and our chapter member attendees. Thank you again to our sponsors that made this volunteer driven, chapter event a success. Make sure to keep your schedule marked for our 2017 NAOSH events.
CSSE National has seen some changes starting with long serving Executive Director Wayne Glover stepping down and Perry Ruehlen taking over as the new Executive Director. Some national elections are occurring this year and registration has opened for the National PDC occurring this year in Vancouver . If you haven’t been to the CSSE PDC, I strongly encourage you to register, and attend the First Timer Mix n Mingle hosted and sponsored by us, the Edmonton Chapter! If you are interested in some tips and tricks for registering for the conference, watch the video that the Edmonton Chapter executive sponsored for ideas!
Our Chapter volunteers are engaged at a regional and national level. There are many opportunities to become active within our chapter and association. This past April, I attended a regional meeting of Chapter Chairs hosted by our RVP Glyn Jones. Here we heard an update on the leadership pilot project and captured learnings from other Alberta/Nunavet/NWT Chapters. We were fortunate to have Perry Ruehlen be able to attend to help facilitate our round table discussions. There was much discussion about the new national website platform and the needs of each chapter.
I am extremely excited about the strides we have made in moving our chapter into the social media arena and giving us the opportunity to connect with our members over a broader communication spectrum. With the support of our great communications team, we will continue to grow in our social media efforts and maintain a presence that allows us to communicate to our members. Have you joined our Linkedin group? Are you a tweeter? Follow us at CSSE_Edm! You can find our social links in the banner.
This is an election year for our chapter. In October all executive positions will be open for election, please consider getting involved and perhaps running for an elected position. This is a great way to give back to the profession and infuse new ideas into this great organization. Becoming an elected and appointed official of the chapter is a great way to launch your career and develop skills that could prepare you for greater career opportunities. For more information review our chapter bylaws and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to seeing each of you at our events,
Corey Papp CRSP, CSP
CSSE Edmonton Chapter