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May 2012 Digest

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Pam Drucker

Published: June 2012 in Message from the President

May 2012 Digest

This issue concludes the 2011/12 program year.

  • Outgoing President’s message
  • Volunteer appreciation
  • Summit news
  • Contractors and Independent Consultants meet

Programs at a glance

Report on May program with Hazel MacClement

While not everyone has a knack for telling a good story, broadcast journalist Hazel MacClement does and she shared her 12-storytelling tips that any writer can use. Read the full article,

The May program concludes our program year. We’re back again in September. Here’s a look back.
September 20 - Job Hunting Secrets That Might Surprise You - Jack Molisani
October 18 - Recruiters and Consultants Panel - Karen Rempel, Mike Cook, Sheila Jones
November 15 - Writing for Translation - Anthony Michael
January 17 Optimizing the Googleability of Your Content - Joe Welinske
February 21 - Chair yoga for the office - Karen Rempel
March 20 - Taxonomy and Metadata - Theresa Putkey
April 17 - Content Strategy - Rahel Bailie
May 15 - Why Storytelling? - Hazel MacClement, and student portfolio exhibit

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Student portfolio show

Print Futures: Professional Writing grads class of 2012 Douglas College proudly exhibited their portfolios at the meeting. Thank you Rob Hughes for arranging this and good luck to exhibitors Dana Petric, Dee Noble, Karin Keefe and Claire Preston. Based on the excitement, we’re holding a spot in next May’s program for the class of 2013.

Outgoing president’s message

Wow, what a year personally and professionally. I felt the tug to give back all that my new chapter had given me—an opportunity to become established, job leads and employment, camaraderie, and not least, enrichment in our professional lives. Without a doubt, you get what your give. If I may quantify the role a bit, in hours it’s a part-time job; in responsibility it’s where the buck stops, in payback it’s pay forward. An organism thrives with momentum. You, the volunteers, have carried forth with ideas we planned a summer ago. Remember? Engage with your chapter! We set out and accomplished these goals:
- Analyze programs and services we want to provide (held 2 remote meetings,  a panel discussion, Contractors & Independent Consultants SIG meetings)
- Devise a strategy to promote efforts as a way to grow the profession (created Director at Large, Social Media Coordinator, held 3 events with Douglas College, added 24 new members to our community)
- Tease out ideas for developing programs and events (added 3 new topics, 2 new speakers)
- Evaluate how an activity will create a profit or at least break even (implemented Information Interview Service, raised program admission, added sponsorship, proposed new location for meeting space).

Signing off, almost…

Volunteer appreciation

Now I think I know what authors stress about when writing a book acknowledgement. There are many people to thank for service and friends of the chapter to thank for a lot more, like Cyberscribe Solutions Inc. who house our archives year after year. Our other physical assets consist of a cash box and a projector. We rely on volunteers to remember these along with cables and refreshments month after month after month. It takes a team to pull off an event. I am ever so grateful for all you do and reminding me what I needed to do.

2012/13 Execs

The new execs take over on June 1 and the lineup shapes up this way:

  • President - Mellissa Ruryk
  • Vice President - open
  • Secretary - Rob Hughes
  • Treasurer - Mary Metzger
  • Past President - Pam Drucker
  • Director at Large - Heather Sommerville

Contractors & Independent Consultants SIG

A big thank you for those who attended the May Consultants and Independent Contractors (CIC) meeting. We’re back again on June 5 and throughout the summer. Linda Farnworth leads the coffee meetings. Whether you need advice on developing a portfolio or a little nudge/encouragement to do your own thing, just drop in. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month. Check the home page for details or join the mailing list, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Read the minutes,

Summit 2012 stuff

Community achievement

The Pacesetter Award for Information Interview Service was displayed at the Summit. For offering an information interview service for the dozens of people wanting to speak to experienced chapter technical communicators about our profession.
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Read the article in Intercom,


Heather Sommerville, Director at Large, was one of nine Associate Fellows inducted this year.
For unflagging dedication to STC and as a model leader bringing honour to the profession. For generous contributions of time, expertise, common sense, tact, and good humour to revitalize and grow the Canada West Coast Chapter.
You make us all proud!

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