IA BC London Virtuoso Awards 2017 - Call for Entry
It’s that time of year again! Call for Entry for the 2017 Virtuoso Awards is officially open. Committee members have been hard at work planning for this year’s celebration, going above and beyond to bring you an evening full of fun and excitement.

We know the entry process is often a stressful time, balancing work while compiling winning work plans all at once. To make things as convenient and comprehensive as possible, all entries can now be submitted entirely online! With the use of an intuitive online platform, you will not only save trees, but you’ll no longer have to go through the hassle of hand-delivering your entries.  

The March 3rd deadline for submission will be here before you know it. With that, make sure to start thinking about what you’d like to submit. What better way to highlight your work than with a Virtuoso Award?

For more information on any and all things Virtuoso Awards, visit virtuosoawards.com for details. 

Featured Member
Meet Maureen Spencer Golovchenko, ABC

Maureen’s passions include communication, IABC, serving local community organizations as an employee and volunteer, and working to preserve London’s heritage. Her connection with IABC has lasted more than a quarter century, including serving as Chapter President. Maureen’s impressive career path includes working for Jesse’s Journey, The City of London, Western University, Pillar Nonprofit Network, and Fanshawe College. 

1)    Where do you work? What is your role, including responsibilities and projects?

Following an active, full-time communications career, where I was privileged to serve in many key roles and community projects across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, I happily transitioned to semi-retirement in 2015. Since then, I have been stimulating my creativity as writer-editor for a monthly community magazine called Neighbours of Riverbend highlighting the amazing people and stories found in the west end of London.

I also fulfill a part-time role as a writer-in-residence at Fanshawe College, with a specific portfolio liaising with its Centre for Research and Innovation.

The PD Event You Won't Want to Miss - Jan. 26
The Anatomy of a Healthcare Marketing Campaign: SickKids “VS.”

Register here before sign-up closes on Friday, January 20th at 3 pm.

When: Thursday, January 26th, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Pathways Skill Development, 205 Horton St. E.
Tickets: $35 for Non-Members, $20 for Members, $15 for Students

Expand Your Mind
Ivey Executive Education
IABC London members are once again offered a discount on an Ivey Executive Education workshop. Thanks to a generous donation from StarTech to develop a Marketing & Consumer Insights program for businesses in London, Ivey is able to reduce the price of the three-day program from $2500 to $750 for London based companies.  The program is called “Understanding Your Customer” and the tuition includes accommodation and meals for the entire program. Ivey will reserve three scholarships for IABC London members. 

If you choose to take advantage of this incredible opportunity, you can register here.
**Please put "IABC London Member" in the notes section.  

Dates: Mar 08 - Mar 10, 2017 London, ON   
Fee: $2,500 – Reduced to $750 for IABC members
Program fee includes: all materials, meals, accommodations.
Deadline to register: February 10, 2017

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Upcoming Free Webinars

IABC membership perks also include several free webinars presented by other chapters and here are two you won't want to miss.

Presenting Like a Pro - IABC Boston
Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)
Details and registration

B uild Your Leadership and Negotiation Skills -  IABC Boston
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)

Last Month's Event in Review
A recap of the Holiday Social from the perspective of a first-time attendee

By Jacky P.A. Tran

From the very first moment I entered the room, I was greeted by a pair of smiling communicators. They handed me a bingo sheet filled with descriptors, such as “loves to travel” and “shops online.” It was a nice little icebreaker that helped spark conversations at my table. 

As I looked around the room, what stood out to me was how engaged everyone was with one another. It was as if they all knew each other. However, from the conversations I overheard, most were strangers on this Merry Monday night.

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Job Board

Current Postings

If you're looking to reach a qualified group of communications professionals, consider posting a job on our Job Board. 

With an average click-through rate of 26%, our targeted e-blasts are the most effective way to get your posting into hundreds of inboxes. 

Being an IABC member has its perks! A discounted price of $130 will put your posting in front of the people you want. It also includes features on our website, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. 

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.
About Connect

Connect is the monthly newsletter of IABC London. 
Feedback and news ideas are always welcome. 
Please contact Jackie Westelaken iabclondonconnect@gmail.com
Editor: Adina Chirita, iabclondoncomms@gmail.com