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UK’s Career Cast rated public relations executive as the eighth most stressful job on its 2019 Most Stressful Jobs list, behind life-or-death occupations like soldier, police officer, firefighter and airline pilot.

As communication professionals we face many challenges. Constant change, tight timelines, human dynamics, demanding technologies, and now a pandemic are just some of our stressors. This is further amplified by many of us setting the bar high for ourselves and constantly giving. However, to truly flourish we need to nourish.

Join us for a panel discussion moderated by our own Marjorie Huculak, past IABC Manitoba President. She is joined by three expert panellists whose knowledge and perspectives are valuable to this discussion.


Meet Glenna Last, Partnership for Recovery Coordinator, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Winnipeg & Manitoba. 

Glenna is an experienced facilitator who has lived experience and enjoys sharing her story of mental health recovery. She is happy to work with people with an interest in mental health and those looking to work through their own challenges as a peer. Glenna is pleased to contribute to our event and encourages self-care and well-being throughout our community! CMHA promotes the mental health of all people and supports the resilience and recovery of individuals. Mental health means striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental. Reaching a balance is a continuing learning process.Glenna enjoys playing with her two puppies, appreciates a roller blade down the street in the summer and a snowboard down winter slopes.



Meet Jonathan Tremblay, Executive Board Member – IABC International, Chair – Advisory Council of the Royal Roads University School of Communication and Culture, and Director of Communications – Saskatchewan Government

Jonathan has an expansive career in communication. He is a former journalist, having written or spoken on various subjects for Le Soleil newspaper History News Network, Radio Canada and Canadian Sailings Magazine. For the past decade, he has worked as a public servant in Saskatchewan in areas such as issues management and media relations. Through his work, he has been in many demanding situations. Jonathan is very respected in his volunteer roles. As well, highly regarded for his leadership and mentorship skills with many communication professionals.Jonathan is a proud father who lives with his wife and two sons in Regina.



Meet Melissa Martin, Reporter-at-large – Winnipeg Free Press

Photo credit: Mikaela MacKenzie

Melissa Martin is a multi-national award-winning reporter-at-large with the Winnipeg Free Press, selected as Canada’s best columnist for 2019. She won her first National Newspaper Award in the Columns category for 2016. Melissa wrote publicly about her experience with stress leave in 2018. IABC Manitoba is thrilled to welcome Melissa to our Self Care for the Professional Communicator panel on Tuesday, February 16. Join us as one of Winnipeg’s most celebrated reporters shares her mental health journey and answers your questions.

“Yet after I spoke about my experience on Twitter, I heard from dozens of people in the same situation. People wrestling with the same malaise, the same fog that chases joy from a day, and I realized my voice had a place.”
Melissa Martin, 2018