Our series for National Volunteer Week continue with a final segment on Accreditation from our chair, Ange Frymire.
As the Accreditation Chair, I’m often called upon by National to interview potential candidates in advance of deadline submissions to ensure that they qualify for the year-long process.
I also participate one of the world’s most sagacious panels for “No Good Deed,” which publishes a bi-monthly column in our Essentials newsletter. Ethics, dilemmas, clever advice and wise ways to shape our decision-making is what these fellow teammates deliver. Their words of wisdom sum up what giving back to the profession means:
Lisa Baergen, APR, is one of our city’s bright lights. She states, “My personal path to my APR was a valuable turning point in my career – connecting and learning from some of the brightest professionals. This is a tremendous opportunity to connect with the next generation of communicators, while giving back to a profession that has given me so much.
John Kageorge, APR, a former CPRS Vancouver president, reflects on his giving back. “The more practitioners who attain accreditation, the better our profession will perform and be perceived. CPRS has been part of every major leap in my career.”
Victor Vrsnik, APR, FCPRS, plays a double role in volunteering. He is both an accreditation interviewer and one of the noted panelists for “No Good Deed.” He volunteers because “our PR industry reputation matters, so let’s learn how to untangle the ethical dilemmas that can get us in a tight spot. The CPRS Code of Conduct won’t let you down.”
Deborah Folka, APR, FCPRS – another past president of CPRS Vancouver – is the brainchild of “No Good Deed.” She acknowledges the “thoughtful, intelligent, wise, savvy and witty contributions of Don MacLachlan, Francine Gaudet (APR, FCPRS), Margot White, Ange Frymire Fleming and Victor Vrsnik to our “No Good Deed” column, published regularly since February 2016. It has been a delight to work with these colleagues and as founder and editor of the column, I have learned so much from each of them.”
Working with communications consultants Don and Francine on the column was effortless. We never shared our viewpoints in advance; yet, we often gave similar advice and each of them always brought out a unique perspective on ethical behaviour that gave pause for thought. Although I never had the opportunity to work alongside Margot, her 25 years of communications expertise in health care brought home the importance of ethics in all we do in this digital world.
And there you have it! As National Volunteer Week comes to a close, we’d like to say one more huge thank you to all the volunteers at CPRS Vancouver for all that you do. Your dedication, creativity, and savviness are what brings us together and accomplish great things as a society.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!