Ever wonder what other institutions do for Board orientation? GPOP President Jenny Forestell did, so she sent an inquiry to her colleagues through the GPOP listserve. You’ll find the compiled responses under the password-protected Resources tab on the GPOP website, along with additional resources, like consultant recommendations, job descriptions for admins working in Board and Presidents’ offices, protocols for events and ceremonies….and more! Check back often as new resources are always being added.
It’s September and the start of another busy academic year! We hope each and every one of you created some wonderful memories this summer and that the new semester is off to an excellent start for you.
Our network of individuals contributing to CICan member institutions as Board and/or President’s Office professionals continues to gain momentum. A communication to Presidents in the spring to raise awareness, assisted by CICan’s President Denise Amyot, helped to boost our numbers. Here’s a warm welcome to our newest members:
Lisa, Executive Assistant President & CEO, Northern Lakes College
Kerry, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, Lethbridge College
Kathy, Executive Assistant to the Board, Medicine Hat College
Amanda, Executive Assistant, Executive Office, Medicine Hat College
Holly, Administrative Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, Durham College
Kailen, Executive Assistant to the Board of Governors, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Rachel, Executive Assistant to the Board of Governors, North Island College
Here’s to a great year ahead for all our members!
What to say in person, and in correspondence
GPOP has a new page under its Resources section.
If you’re looking for information on protocols for addressing dignitaries, an event checklist or protocols for flying your flags, you’ll want to follow the drop-down list from Resources and select Protocol – Events and Ceremonies.
If you have other resources that are publicly available, let us know so that we may include them on GPOP’s Protocols page.
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 gpop.ca under the “About” tab.
“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.
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.
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!
Jenny Forestell, GPOP Board Chair (L)
Shelagh Donnelly, Douglas College (R)