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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)

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Your go-to place for 2017 GPOP conference information

Everything you need to know about this weekend’s GPOP conference and AGM can be found on the GPOP website. Click on AGMs and Conferences and hover your cursor over 2017 – Ottawa, ON. This will provide a drop-down menu where you’ll find detailed information on Saturday evening’s networking reception, Sunday’s conference and AGM, keynote speaker, breakout session topics and AGM proxy form. You can even see who will be attending! You’ll also find some handy conference travel tips, like remembering to pack an evening outfit for the Gala if you’re staying for the full CICan conference (red and white is encouraged this year in recognition of Canada’s 150th).

Safe travels to all those attending. Enjoy the conference and your time in Ottawa!

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It’s here…2017 AGM agenda package!

The agenda package for our April 30th Annual General Meeting has now been posted! Members may download the agenda package by clicking here. Note that this is a password protected document. The password is the same city and year reference provided when you were first given access to the site. You’ll also find a Proxy Vote Form for those who are unable to attend the AGM, but who wish to be heard.

Please take a few minutes to review the agenda package. Your contributions to GPOP are not limited to your ability to attend conferences in person, and members are encouraged to take an active role for the benefit of all.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Ottawa!

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Conference Travel Tips

We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa for the CICan GPOP Conference!  Getting away from the office to attend a conference is often difficult, but rewarding.  We have some suggestions that might help you enjoy your trip.

 Packing Tips

  • packing is easiest when you’ve just done the laundry
  • bring a hat
  • remember your phone and camera charger
  • bring running shoes – at some point you’ll be glad you have them
  • the second you think of packing something, pack it; if you wait, you’ll forget
  • stuff socks in your shoes and they’ll retain their shape
  • never check your meds, toothbrush or your PJs
  • pack a mix of business, business casual, dressy, and casual clothes (you’ll want business casual attire for the Saturday evening GPOP Reception and the Sunday CICan Opening Regional Festivities; bring business clothes for the GPOP and CICan conference sessions; pack an evening outfit for the Gala (red and white is encouraged), and, of course, casual clothing for sightseeing.

For more tips, visit www.everywhereist.com and search for “My 55 best travel tips”

Before you Leave the Office

  • Water your plants (no one is going to remember to do that for you)
  • Visit the GPOP Website for our latest news
  • The usual drill … set your Out of Office, Voicemail, and arrange your Acting
  • Download the CICan app on your mobile device
  • Leave your hotel, flight and other details with your colleagues
  • Slip extra business cards into your purse, you’ll be glad you have them
  • Brush up on your networking skills.

  At the Conference

  • Check with Registration to inquire when the Gala Dinner tickets reservations open. NOTE: You cannot book a table of 8 under the “College Name” as they will want the name of each individual
  • Review the GPOP and CICan Conference webpages regularly for updates
  • Expect to be surrounded by like-minded people
  • Bring a positive attitude
  • Learn and have fun!

Must see Ottawa Attractions

  • Parliament Hill
  • ByWard Market
  • Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • National Gallery of Canada, Canadian War Museum, Canadian Museum of History, and the Canadian Museum of Nature
  • And, don’t return home without a tacky souvenir

For more suggestions, visit www.ottawatourism.ca

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2017 GPOP Conference & AGM agenda….and more!

In case you missed it, the agenda for our Sunday, April 30th GPOP conference and AGM  is now available on our website! Highlights of the day include keynote speaker Heather Allaby, Community and Government Relations Advisor, NBCC; presentation of the 2017 GPOP awards; and dedicated time for discussions and sharing of best practices.  You’ll also find information on the website regarding Saturday night’s opening networking reception, keynote speaker, and how to register.

The AGM agenda package will be posted by April 14th. In the meantime, feel free to direct any related questions to the Conference & Professional Development Committee:

  • Marlene Beaulieu:  beaulieum@cnc.bc.ca
  • Nicole Blanchette: nicole.blanchette@norquest.ca
  • Cheryl McMurray: cmcmurray@fanshawec.ca

We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa!


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Nominations for GPOP Board of Directors Open Until March 30/17

If you’re interested in an opportunity for professional growth, consider service on GPOP’s Board of Directors

Any active member of GPOP is eligible to serve on the Board. Directors are elected at the AGM, this year taking place on Sunday, April 30, 2017.  Board members need not be able to commit to attending our AGM in order to contribute, as the Board conducts its business via conference call and email.

GPOP By-Laws state that there shall be no less than seven and no more than twelve Directors. All Directors who have served a full first term, are eligible for immediate re-election to a second term.

The following Directors’ terms continue through to the 2019 GPOP AGM:

  1. Marlene Beaulieu, CNC (BC)
  2. Nicole Blanchette, Norquest (AB)
  3. Cheryl McMurray, Fanshawe (ON)
  4. Christbell Pinchin, NSCC (NS)
  5. Sandi White, Holland College (PEI)

Each of the following Directors has indicated she will be stand for election to a second term, to conclude with the 2020 AGM:

  1. Joanna Campbell, Okanagan College (BC)
  2. Laureen Dailey, Douglas College (BC)
  3. Diana Falcon, Langara College (BC)
  4. Jenny Forestell, New Brunswick Community College (NB)

The following GPOP members have indicated their readiness to run for election to the Board in 2017:

  1. Melissa Pringle, Durham (ON)
  2. Lianne Birkbeck, Lambton (ON)
  3. Dianne Marcellus-Kerr, Lethbridge (AB)


If you would like to join the nominees standing for election this Spring:

The 2017 Nominating Committee consists of Jenny Forestell and Nicole Blanchette. If you are interested in finding out more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to either Jenny or Nicole.  The next round of nominations will take place in 2019, unless a vacancy occurs.  Please feel free to register your interest for this round of nominations, or for future consideration – it is good practice to have a list of interested candidates ready to fill vacancies as and when they occur.


Please direct your nominations to

Jenny Forestell, Chair, Nominating Committee, on or before Thursday, March 30, 2017

 Email:  jenny.forestell@nbcc.ca    Telephone: 506-453-6840


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Networking Reception for New and Returning Members: Saturday, April 29/17

Join us as we launch the weekend with a networking reception

All GPOP members attending this year’s conference and AGM are encouraged to kick off the weekend with our 2017 networking reception. If this marks your first year at the conference, you’ll find an especially warm welcome from returning members.

Please help conference organisers by dropping one of them a note on or before April 21/17 to confirm your attendance. We like to get our numbers right!

RSVP to one of the following members of our Conference and Professional Development Committee:

  • Marlene Beaulieu:  beaulieum@cnc.bc.ca
  • Nicole Blanchette: nicole.blanchette@norquest.ca
  • Cheryl McMurray: cmcmurray@fanshawec.ca