April/May 2017
Presidents Message

April has blown by with so much on the go!  Thanks so much to all the members who came out last week to the AGM.  In total we had 40 members attend and more than 10 new people raise their hand to volunteer on committees and join council.  Great participation and a lot of fantastic dialog.

There are plans for several events this coming year and we have a number of different committees just getting underway.  If you were unable to join us a the AGM and would like the opportunity to get involved we would love to have you participate.  Contact the office and we will find a spot where your time will be appreciated.  

For those members who are also AAA members, mark your calendars for their AGM in Edmonton on May 9.  It’s important to show them our interior design community is engaged and interested in moving the profession forward, so please plan to attend if you can make it happen.  Here’s to a warmer month ahead! 

Cory Riley

IDA President

National Volunteer Appreciation Week - April 23 - 29, 2017
  Thank you to the following people for volunteering their time and talents to the IDA:
Suzanne Allard
Donna Assaly
Adele Bonetti
Leah Covey
Lori Cox
Natalie Fuelsveit
Darren Gee
Jacquie Jacobi
Kathy Johnston Umbach
Kari Lambert
Gale LeBlanc
Laura Lee Ross
Sharon Martens
Natalia Pakin-Amer
Lacey Pearn
Lanna Pollack
Melinda Richarson
Cory Riley
Michele Roach
Michele Rumbold
Judy Strachan
Kelly Vander Hooft
Sue-Anne Wearmouth
Kim Wetsch
Tanya Yacyshyn
Lindsay Zelensky
PROpel: What's Your Impact
The PROpel contest has come to a close and the winners of the online contest have been selected. Congratulations to the winners of the third Annual PROpel program and conference series! The following IDA Members have been selected to join the IDC at an exciting conference in Toronto from May 6 to 8 with all expenses paid, have a great trip! 

Umidjon Abdullaev
Ashley Banks
Darren Gee

As a Propel veteran Darren Gee is now an IDC Elite VIP, well done! 

Thank you to all of those who have participated. The online platform is still open if you would like to continue communication. You can also look forward to  a new contest beginning fall of this year, details to come!

Edmonton Seminars & Events
  Date: May 6, 2017
Location: Centre Point Place
4th Floor, 10205 101 St
Edmonton, AB
Hard Hat Party
Hombres and Muchachas!

Back again for the 7th year, it's the IDA Hard Hat Party, and this year it's RED HOT! Hot food from Mucho Burrito and Hot Music from our favorite band - the Dirty Coveralls. Decorate your hard hat for the chance to win one of our new trophies - prizes for individuals duos & teams.

Can't wait to see you there!
River City Tile Company Presents: Porcelain vs Natural Stone
Nailing a tile scope design for a client is hard enough, but navigating the technical side of tile specs can be like learning a whole new language. Can marble be used in a steam shower? Is porcelain really more durable than natural stone? What sealer should I use? Is all porcelain created equal?

Let us help you wade through the sea of misinformation and come out a valuable resource for your clients. You'll come away with a handy reference guide to help you remember what you've learned.

We'll be joined by the fabulous Danika Riedel of Danika Eats Tea for some tea-infused Rig Hand Distillery signature cocktails and tea-licious snacks.

Date: Thursday June 1, 2017
or Friday, June 2
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM MTD
Location: River City Tile Company
Date: Tuesday June 13, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Understanding Wallcovering Types & Installations
CEU Number: CEU-105852
Designation: General
Learning Level: Basic
Subject Code: 5.Technical Knowledge/17.  Wall coverings
Credits 0.2

Our IDCEC wall coverings course, Understanding Wall covering Types & Installations, will help you gain awareness and further your understanding of wallpapers and wall coverings. This course will also help you understand the limitations and strengths of various wall covering products and what you need to look for when specifying products for a design project.
Calgary Seminars & Events
More events coming soon!
Get Involved!
The program has been on hold so that CIDQ could rework and streamline it. It has now been relaunched. For those who had already volunteered for this program, you would have already received the info from CIDQ on your next steps. 

Volunteers will be accepted into the program twice each year - January and July. You can provide your contact details now to be part of this important work.
CIDQ Ambassadors Program 

What is an Ambassador for the NCIDQ exam?

  • An Ambassador is a practitioner, educator, or advocate who is committed to promoting the value of the NCIDQ exam and certification 
  • They are stellar examples and motivational role models of the industry’s highly skilled professionals
  • Their advice is sought by new and seasoned designers alike
  • Their influence and insights help shape the profession
What is the purpose of the Ambassadors Program?
  • Promote the value of the NCIDQ Exam and Certification
  • Mentor potential exam takers and guide them through the process
  • Engage a variety of audiences, especially students in their final year of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree seeking interior design program, as well as recent graduates
  • Educate students, colleagues, employers, employees, clients, and the public at large on the importance of NCIDQ Certification
"Welcome to Our New Members!"
The IDA would to welcome the following new members into the association:

Christine Plett - Registered
Rehanna Hartung - Provisional
Cherisse Pauze - Student

New Member FAQ
Q:  Who usually attends IDA's AGM? What can I expect?

A: A variety of members typically come and are treated to lunch. Attendees hear about our association's accomplishments and upcoming plans. New members can get their IDA pins. Everyone earns a ceu point, and there are door prizes, and an opportunity to meet fellow members and council.
NCIDQ Exam Update
On December 31st, 2018, CIDQ is phasing out a route to take the exam for those with a 40 credit diploma or certificate in interior design. See Route 5: 

We will be contacting affected IDA members this month, explaining this news in more detail, and helping them with the next steps. 

Quick links for applying for the exam:
Applications will be reviewed between May 15th and July 15th for the Fall exams.

Friendly reminder to renew your certificate. Why? 
  • Can use the simple NCIDQ behind your name without having to include your specific certificate #
  • You can use the Certified Mark image on your marketing material, website, or email signature  
  • Maintain your “Active” status
  • Be included in the searchable list of NCIDQ Certified Interior Designers that will be launched soon. 
  • Able to volunteer with CIDQ 

There are 3 Ambassadors listed in Alberta ready and able to help communicate the value of the NCIDQ exam. Get in touch here
Phone: 202-721-0220
IDA office
 Phone: 780-413-0013
We are happy to help!

Senior Interior Designer - Walker Lawson Interior Design Inc. (Calgary, AB)

Intermediate Interior Designer - Walker Lawson Interior Design Inc. (Calgary, AB)

Senior Interior Designer - Kasian (Calgary, AB)

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