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Neil Perlin session was a “howling” success

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Published: October 2012 in Meeting Reviews, Networking

By Ulrike Rodrigues

Awards, Perlin fill the room at September event

What’s up e-Doc?

Plenty, if the energy in the YWCA’s Welch Room was any indicator. About 50 members of the Society for Technical Communication Canada West Coast (STC CWC) chapter met in Vancouver and online on September 18, 2012 to sip, celebrate, and share a Web seminar with Neil Perlin titled “What’s Up eDoc? ” .
Why so festive?
It could be that this event marked Mellissa Ruryk’s new term as President of the Canada West Coast chapter. Though a timing conflict prevented her from attending, newly-named Vice President Aaron Fultz stepped in to ably oversee the meeting logistics.
Members of the Web team including Autumn Jonssen, Ulrike Rodrigues, and Jacob De Camillis chatted informally with arriving members, and new member Helen Choi greeted visitors at the door.

Helen mentioned that she was inspired to join the chapter just a week previous.
“I found my information interview with Melissa Ruryk very informative.” offered Helen, “It sparked my interest, so I joined!”
Celebrations and celebrities
Over herbal tea, chocolate-layer cookies; and fresh, green grapes, second-year member Cynthia Parkin caught up with future-member and BCIT student Linda Soer. Asked what brought them out, Cynthia said, “I thought the topic sounded interesting. It applies to the work I’m doing right now, plus it’s a night out.”

Former president Pam Drucker stepped forward to recognize and award the efforts of a pair of familiar faces in the room:
• Heather Somerville, who was named Associate Fellow by the Society for Technical Communication for her important work in the field of technical communication.
• Sera Kirk, STC CWC’s Volunteer of the Year for 2011-2012 for her success in building the chapter’s social media and program participation.

Pam also drew attention to the efforts of former president Karen Rempel, who helped the chapter win a STC Pacesetter Award with the community-building Information Interview Service.
Upcoming ways to connect
Before Neil Perlin began his Web seminar, Aaron introduced a few upcoming events and opportunities to meet with colleagues:
• Meet fellow consultants and contractors – the next scheduled special interest group (SIG) is October 2, 2012 at a Vancouver coffee shop.
• Have some Beers with Peers – Ulrike suggested that those who were interested in mingling could meet at a local spot for a get together on the meeting night scheduled for October 16, 2012.Check out the event information in the left sidebar.
• November 20 is our first annual ‘Networking at the Speed of NOW’ event. Join us to hear a presentation on networking techniques and then put them into practice at a ‘speed networking’ event. Sure to be fun, just don’t forget your business cards.

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