GPOP has a new Mission Statement!

At the April 30, 2017 GPOP Annual General Meeting, members approved a brand new Mission Statement for our professional group. The Mission Statement speaks to the expertise of governance and president’s office professionals, and the value of membership for both members and their institutions. It will also provide focus and direction for our organization as we grow and move forward. The Mission Statement reads: GPOP is dedicated to elevating the level of expertise held by governance and president’s office professionals in Canadian post-secondary education institutions. It provides networking, mentoring and other professional development opportunities that benefit individual members and their institutions.

The Mission Statement can be found at under the “About” tab.


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“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” Native American Proverb

Heather Allaby, Community and Government Relations Advisor at New Brunswick Community College, was the keynote speaker at the GPOP annual conference in Ottawa last month. As part of her presentation on “Connections that Count: Positioning Board and Presidents’ Offices for Strong Media, Government, and Community Relations,” Heather shared her expertise in using the art of storytelling to connect with audiences. You can access the complete presentation and storytelling tool here.




Hicks Morley Fellowship

Some exciting news was shared at this year’s GPOP annual general meeting in Ottawa! Board Chair, Jenny Forestell, announced the establishment of the Hicks Morley Fellowship, which will provide $1,000 per year for five years (starting in 2018) and aid one GPOP member in attending our annual conference and AGM. Our sincere appreciation to Hicks Morley for their support and commitment to our professional group. Kudos to Cheryl McMurray (Fanshawe College) for her initiative in proposing the Fellowship and seeing it through. Special thanks to Catherine Finlayson, Executive Director, Advancement & Alumni at Fanshawe College Foundation, and Robert J. Atkinson, Partner, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP, for their key roles in creating this Fellowship.

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GPOP 2017 Award Recipients

Two members of GPOP were presented with Awards of Excellence at the April 30th AGM. Shelagh Donnelly, College Secretary, Douglas College, was presented with the Award for Distinguished Service, and Cheryl McMurray, Executive Assistant, Office of the President, Fanshawe College, was presented with the Award for Professional Achievement. Congratulations to both these admin professionals. Well deserved!

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Jenny Forestell, GPOP Board Chair (L)
Shelagh Donnelly, Douglas College (R)


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Cheryl McMurray, Fanshawe College (L)
Jenny Forestell, GPOP Board Chair (R)