January 2019
IABC London has something  very  special to celebrate - 40 Years of Impact
By: Anna Tavener

In 2019, IABC London celebrates a special milestone: it's our chapter's 40th anniversary! Forty years of empowering communicators in our community and providing a place where professionals can come together to learn, network and become the best professional communicators possible.

"This year will be something special, and we have a lot in store to share," says Anna Tavener, the 40 th  Anniversary Liaison supporting the chapter in marking this momentous occasion.

For the first half of the year, the chapter will look at the accomplishments of the past  40 Years of Impact . We will be profiling IABC members from the past decades and sharing their stories of how being a member has impacted them, and the impact they've had in their organization. Learn more .
Your feedback matters: Update on our ‘Purposeful Pause’ of the Virtuoso Awards
By: Robert DeLeat

How do you want to be recognized for outstanding communications projects?

Starting this month, IABC London will engage you in a conversation about project-based communications awards. From the format of awards programming to the judging process to recognition of winners, we want to hear from you and work collaboratively to build a program that fits our community.

This input process is part of IABC London’s ‘purposeful pause’ of the Virtuoso Awards program, first announced in October 2018 . The decision to pause the Virtuoso Awards in 2019 follows a steady decline in entries over the past few years and feedback from our stakeholders on a desire for change to the program. Learn more .
Left: Members of our ad-hoc committee. Front: Andrew Kaszowski. Back (From left): Tori Laird, Robert DeLaet, Kelly Ziegner, Keith Marnoch, Jacqueline Sullivan and Marek Kubow. Absent from photo: Laurie Lashbrook, Gary Lintern, Patti McKague, Liisa Sheldrick and Julia Oosterman.
Help! I’m trapped in my Inbox
by Kerri Loudoun, IABC London Director of Professional Development

As communicators we tend to be juggling a lot of details. Deadlines must be met, prep for internal meetings is required, presentations to stakeholders need completing, briefs to designers need to be created. And any project manager will tell you the stories of getting everything you’ve been waiting on from all the people, all at once.

Being organized is critical to ensure things don’t fall through the cracks. Early in my career, I relied on my inbox to guide my duties for the day. I would file emails from my inbox, into organized subfolders once the task was complete. So I would attempt to keep my inbox to all emails being above the fold. I thought I was pretty clever to be honest. But there were weeks where I’d have to scroll through 100+ emails and then the anxiety kicked in because my method was overwhelming me. But I kept telling myself I was being productive, and this was the best system my novice employee brain could come up with. Learn more .
Let’s Talk About Stress 
A Wellness Workshop for Communicators
In partnership with the CMHA Middlesex

Working in communications is notoriously stressful – and our ability to manage tasks and deadlines requires great care. But, with all the balls we are juggling within our jobs, how much care do we put into our mental wellness? 

IABC London is proud to collaborate with CMHA Middlesex to present “Let’s Talk About Stress – a Wellness Workshop for Communicators”. 

On February 19, join us at Innovation Works from 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm for a collaborative workshop designed to speak honestly and frankly about the importance of communicating your mental health needs in and out of the workplace. Learn more .
Last chance for global recognition: Submit your project to Gold Quill
Do you have an exceptional communications project from the past few years? It’s not too late to be recognized by a global audience of peers with IABC International’s Gold Quill Awards . The deadline for late submissions is January 29, 2019.

Are you just now putting together your entry? That’s okay! There are free online resources available to help you submit the best entry possible.

For more than 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have celebrated excellence in strategic communication worldwide. Gold Quill is the only awards program that honors the dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale.
Member celebrations for December 2018 - January 2019

A warm welcome to our newest Professional Member!
  • Robert Gates

We are very grateful for the continued support of the following Members who have recently renewed
their IABC membership:
  • Cassandra Caranci
  • Catherine Harrison
  • Adam Veen
  • Esperanza Wyma
  • Anne Baxter
  • Renee Pelland
  • Laurie Lashbrook
  • Michele Martin
  • Laura Dockstader
  • Kerri Loudoun

Congratulations to the following Members who have anniversaries to celebrate in December - February:
  • Diny Dalby - 49 years
  • Elena Aggelopoulos – 24 years
  • Kristine Dundas – 22 years
  • Laura Dockstader - 22 years
  • Keith Brooks – 22 years
  • Robert Way – 22 years
  • Fred DeVries – 17 years
  • Michele Martin – 15 years
  • Lisa Peter Ross - 14 years
  • Anne Baxter – 13 years
  • Marek Kubow – 11 years
  • Esperanza Wyma - 10 years
  • Nicole Laidler - 8 years
  • Lyne Cossette – 4 years
  • Adam Veen – 3 years
  • Naila Abdullayeva – 3 years
  • Greg Howard – 3 years
  • Diana Cunningham – 3 years
  • Jennifer Clements – 2 years
  • Colleen Aguilar – 2 years

IABC is recognized as the professional association of choice for communicators who aspire to excel in
their chosen fields. Our Members represent a diverse range of professional experience, educational
background and fields of expertise. Each member contributes to our community, offering support and
working to elevate our profession. We sincerely appreciate your commitment to IABC!

Save the date for our February networking event!

Mark February 12 on your calendars! That day we're inviting you to connect with your IABC peers and to
hear from our keynote speaker Scott May about video best practices in the era of social media.

Date: February 12, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Western Continuing Studies

Stay tuned for more details.
Make 2019 the year you achieve certification

Take your career to the next level and earn professional certification while you do it.

Why achieve certification? Here's one compelling reason: if you're looking to make a career move, certification helps you stand out. Recruiters are three times more likely to shortlist an applicant who holds a professional certification.

On March 30, our chapter will host a certification exam so you can attain your Communication Management Professional (CMP) or Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP) with the Global Communication Certification Council.

If you're keen to take the exam,  your application needs to be submitted by February 28. Please contact iabclondoncertification@gmail.com for any questions about certification.
For more information on how to post a job with IABC London visit our website here or contact Cassie Caranci, IABC London Job Board Liaison, at iabclondonjobboard@gmail.com.
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