We are committed to supporting your goals.

Whether you are reading today’s newsletter from your home office or your workplace, on your computer, or your phone, I know your time is valuable and I want to thank you for sharing it with us.

Earlier this month, our Board of Directors met up for a special strategic planning evening in the park. It was the first time many of us met in person and it was so much fun. We shared stories and talked about our vision for the year. It felt so good to be together and was a reminder to me why I love being a part of this organization.

As I write, I am preparing to head out of the city for a weekend of rest and restoration at Falcon Lake where I plan to put my laptop away and turn off notifications on my phone. I’m looking forward to a cozy chair by the woodstove flipping through the pages of Building a StoryBrand, which we’ll be discussing at our annual book night in early November.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this discussion evolves into a PD session to help us learn new tools and skills to lead corporate storytelling as this was a topic that kept coming up at our board strategy session.

We are thankful that our membership reflects a diverse community with unique backgrounds and different career stages. If you have ideas for how IABC Manitoba can create more inclusive programming and support you in building communications strategies that are mindful of the diversity of our community, please let me know. This is a topic I am passionate about, and I hope we can learn and grow together.  

This week is Truth and Reconciliation Week. Many of our organizations will be closed on September 30 in recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which is now a federal statutory holiday. I want to encourage you to take time to read Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)’s 94 Calls to Action, and participate in community events that honour Survivors, their families, and communities.

We were really proud to celebrate six Manitoba communicators achieving their CMP/SCMP designations in June. If, like me, you are considering adding this to your resume, it’s a good idea to start the application process now. We plan to host an info session later this year. In the meantime, you can find information on certification on our website.

I am open to any ideas you have on how your IABC Manitoba community can support your goals. In addition to participating in a short Manitoba member survey, I encourage you to message me on LinkedIn.

If you have time for virtual coffee, let me know. I’d love to connect!

Jennifer Cox
President, IABC Manitoba