Page 1 * President’s Message
* Guest Speaker
Page 2 * Guest Speaker Bio
* Meetings and Program Topics
Page 3 * IAAPeople
* New Members
* Celebrating Anniversaries
Page 4 * Nominations Chair Message
Page 5 * Nominations Chair Message
*.WCD Fundraising Event
* RTF Fundraising 2011
Page 6 * Pathways to Excellence
* Important Dates
Page 7 * About IAAP
* Important Links
* Chapter Directory
Page 8 * Feature Article – ABC’s of
Page 9 * Bulletin Board
Page 10 * Chapter Corner
* IAAP Annual Dues
* Contact Us
“Walking on Sunshine”
The Edge February 2011 Edition
President’s February Message
Isn’t February just a curious little month? There is Groundhog
Day - will we or won’t we have more winter? Then there is
Valentine ’s Day – celebrate the one you love, hmm. Then the end
comes really quickly – only 28 days and we start another month.
February, thus far, has been a busy month. I have received many,
many emails from all levels in IAAP dealing with “Tax
Implications”, the subject that Jayne shared with us at last
month’s meeting. It began on January 31st with a communication
from International President Mary Ramsay-Drow in which she
discussed the practices of some divisions and chapters that could
jeopardize the tax-exempt status of IAAP, meaning it would no
longer be non-profit and the entire organization could be subject
to taxation by the US and Canadian governments. She asked that
each level in IAAP adjusts their operations accordingly.
At February’s board meeting, the officers and committee chairs
examined all the information we had received. We are confident
in assuring you, the members, that this chapter is complying with
the necessary regulations. Our practices are open for review by
any member. If any individual member would like more
information, I would be glad to discuss this one-on-one.
Plans are forging ahead for the CDC 2013 bid and the submission
date is fast approaching. The chapter has been successful in
receiving some great letters of support, including the City of
Mary-Lyn and Carmen and their committee for the 2011 APW
seminar and vendor showcase are busy finalizing the details
which promises to be another exciting event. If you as members
know of another administrative professional who would enjoy the
Guest Speaker – Emma Lenz
seminar, ask for their email and pass it along to the committee to
be included in the invitation that will soon be sent.
Palliser Regional Schools
I hope each of you have a great month and are looking forward
to spring as much as I am. I’ll see you on February 16th.
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PowerPoint with Emma Lenz
Born and raised in the Coalhurst area I Videography, Photography, Children’s In my spare time I started training for
received my education in Coalhurst. Literature, Daily Physical Activity, CALM, running marathons. I have run 5 half-
Upon graduating from Coalhurst High First Aid, Workplace Safety, and the list marathons and ran my first marathon at
School in 1986, I continued my goes on. My second beautiful daughter, age 41. At 42 I ran my first (and likely
education at the University of Amanda, is a grade 11 student at CHS. We only) ultra-marathon. I continue to
Lethbridge to become a teacher. still live in the Coalhurst area. preserve memories with Heritage Makers
Completing my Bachelor of Education and enjoy helping others do the same.
with a major in French and a minor in I got my first camera for my 12th birthday
English I started my teaching career and have been taking photos since. I
with Palliser Regional Schools at R.I. received my first video camera after the
Baker School in Coaldale, teaching birth of our first daughter Sarah and since
grade 3, 7, 8 and 9 French, Health and then there has been no stopping me. My
Drama. After 3 years, an engagement passion for preserving memories has
and wedding to Lorne Lenz and the lead me into teaching videography,
birth of our first beautiful daughter photography and other option courses The future depends on
Sarah, I requested a half time position that require students to create projects to
and was transferred to Coalhurst High show to others. A lot of what I have what we do in the
School, where I am still teaching and
have taught everything from Health to
learned about PowerPoint has been
through trial and error, as have many of
Legal Studies, my other teaching options. Mahatma Gandhi
Meetings and Programming
MEETING DEVELOPMENT MEETING
Sept. 1, 2010 Sept. 15, 2010 Conference Planning
Oct. 6, 2010 Oct. 20, 2010 Leadership and Succession
Pres. Elect WCD
Nov. 17, 2010 Community Development Officer
Nov. 3, 2010 “Show Me the Money – What Works Best”
Member Recruitment Night Alberta Culture & Community
Waging War: An Introduction to Interest Peter Portlock
Dec. 1, 2010 Dec. 15, 2010
Based Dispute Resolution Executive Director, LFS
Jan. 5, 2011 Jan. 19, 2010 FOIP
City of Lethbridge
Feb. 2, 2011 Feb. 16, 2011 Power Point
Palliser Regional Schools
Mar. 2, 2011 Mar. 23, 2011 “We’ve got to stop meeting like this” Dawn Becker, CAP, WCD Pres.
Apr. 19, 2011
From Administrative Assistant to Dr. Linda Hancock
Apr. 6, 2011 Admin Professional Event and
Administrative Professional BA, BSW, M.Ed, Psy.D.
May 4, 2011 May 25, 2011 AGM /ELECTIONS 2010 - 2011
May 12 - 14, 2011 Canada Divisions’ Conference – Moncton NB
June 1, 2011 June 15, 2011 Effective Social Media Use E-Recruiter
The Land of “AH’S” MaryLyn Beattie
Sept.7, 2011 Sept. 21,2011
Storytelling as a Powerful New Business Tool Sharon O’Reilly
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IAAPeople: Christine Foxall
My name is Christine Foxall and I Macleod Hospital, Cardston Health
work at Lethbridge Family Services Unit, and Coaldale Health Unit. This
– Immigrant Services as a HOST was great experience and I enjoyed
Program Worker. Before I started my time with AHS very much. While
with IS in 2009 I attended working at the Coaldale Health unit I
Lethbridge College from 2005- got offered a position to be apart of
2007 in the Office Administration Family and Community Support
Program. After I graduated from Services as a temporary
the College I got a position with administrative support for 9 months.
Alberta Health Services working as I loved working with FCSS and
a casual employee from 2007-2009 learned a lot. I am very grateful to
at the Lethbridge Train Station. be apart of IAAP and am looking
Working with Alberta Health forward to years of participating in
Services as a casual employee ● ● ● the Lethbridge chapter. Thanks for
gave me the opportunity to work Do not dwell in the past; the opportunity!
in several different locations such a do not dream of the future,
Breast Health, Sexual health, Fort concentrate the mind on the
Buddha Christine Foxall
● ● ●
These members joined IAAP:
Mary W. – Feb 1988
February 2, 2011
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A Message from Lethbridge Nominations Chair, MaryLyn Beattie
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
It is with great delight that I share the duties and responsibilities of the Chapter’s Executive and Chair positions
with you for your consideration. This is an opportunity for you to share your talents, learn new skills and
experience personal growth. Please let your name stand for one of these positions for our upcoming elections in
May. I will be contacting each of you in the next month to see where your interest lies.
President - Not only does this show well on your resume, with your efforts in the role you will expose yourself to great
learning and showcase your leadership skills (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!) As president, you will gain experience
in chairing the BOD and PD meetings, handle correspondence from International and Division and learn to delegate.
Basically you don’t have to ‘do it all’ but be aware of who is doing what, and check in with people from time to time.
President-Elect - the right hand person to the President; this is also a year in-training to assume the role of president.
During your year in this position, you can learn so much about our association and still be able to have time to plan for
your own term. You will take over for the president when she is unable to chair either BOD or PD meetings. This is a year
that you can decide the route you would like to go as President, and thereby work on your goal setting and planning skills.
Vice-President and Programs - the left hand of the President; this position allows you to leave a little bit of yourself with
the organization. You will be contacting guest speakers for the professional development meetings. You will also arrange
volunteers for the inspiration, introduction and thank-you of the guest speakers. In the event that there is not a President-
Elect, you will also provide back-up to the President.
Treasurer - You don’t need to be a CA but, if you can count, you will gain experience working with spreadsheets, budget
preparation, and preparing the books for audit – terrific skills to transfer over to your work place.
Secretary - You will gain experience in taking/writing minutes, how to summarize discussions, what to include, how to
report the meeting, etc. Our minutes are not verbatim which adds to the appeal of summarizing the official operations of
Education Chair (CPS/CAP) – Working on this committee will give you a chance to not only learn and earn your CPS/CAP
designation but you will help others by perhaps organizing a study group. You can also assist in the programming to ensure
the topic is eligible for certification points.
Membership Chair – This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and introduce them to the membership – great
time to hone your public speaking skills. You can assist with new member orientation as well.
Newsletter Chair - Do you have a flair for the written word and desktop publishing? Express yourself by sharing the news
of our chapter and association to members through the newsletter. These skills are often sought out by employers and
again will transfer over to your workplace. One word of caution though, you may find yourself as both the editor and
author! But it can be a lot of fun as well as you research articles to include in the newsletter.
Webmaster Chair - If you can use Microsoft word, you can be the webmaster and keep our new webpage current with
innovative topics and chapter updates. How nice to have this on your resume.
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Chapter’s Executive and Chair Positions Continued..
Ways & Means Chair – Assist with the chapter fundraising by hosting PD meeting monthly draws. Maybe you are a little
shy, what a better way to meet chapter members on a one-to–one basis as you sell the tickets.
Facilities Chair – be the liaison between the chapter and the caterer by tracking attendance for Professional Development
meetings and confirming the meal order.
Publicity Chair – keep the community informed about IAAP by posting our monthly meetings in the newspaper and
assisting with advertising for special events.
Bylaws and Standing Rules Chair – learn more about the governance of IAAP and the guidelines for the operation our
Western Canada Division 2011 Fundraising Event
With the New Year comes the annual WCD fundraiser – your chance to win a new Dell laptop complete with
Microsoft Office 2010. Tickets are $3.00 each OR 2 for $5.00 and will be available from Sheila or Jayne Clark,
The Early Bird prizes are 4 - $50.00 Visa gift cards for tickets purchased before March 15, 2011. To qualify for the
early bird prizes, the sold tickets must reach WCD Treasurer, Veronique Mantha before the deadline. Sheila will
forward any tickets sold on your behalf.
The tickets will also be sold during 2011 CDC in Moncton. The winning ticket will be selected on the last day of
CDC and the winner does not have to be present but it is exciting when they are.
This fundraiser helps to ensure the stability of the Division’s operating budget which provides financial support for
the Division officers to attend CDC, EFAM, to provide leadership development and training opportunities to the
WCD chapters and members and to offer financial assistance to chapters promoting division initiatives such as
member recruitment events. Let’s help them to help us in 2011.
RETIREMENT TRUST FOUNDATION 2011 FUNDRAISING
Two wonderful opportunities for only IAAP members within the Canada District to support the work of the RTF
A 2-night-stay for two at any Delta Hotel or Resort in Canada, valued at $300.00 which can be used at
CDC 2011 in Moncton. Tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. The draw will be made by Lina Veglia on
April 27, 2011, APW Day. “The raffles are only open to IAAP members within the Canada District”.
For the CDC fundraiser – a Blackberry®Torch 9800, donated by Research in Motion. Tickets are $10.00
each or 3 for $20.00. The draw will be made on the final day of CDC in Moncton. Winner does not have
to be present.
Tickets for the Delta Hotel prize can be purchased from Sheila until March 31st.
Tickets for the Blackberry®Torch 9800 can be purchased from Sheila until May 10th.
RTFs mission is to provide housing assistance for IAAP administrative professionals, age 55 and older, who are
in need. Your generosity provides financial assistance toward housing costs for any retired admin living in a
retirement community and meeting the housing assistance criteria.
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Pathways to Excellence – are you on target?
With just five months left in the 2010-2011 Chapter of Excellence program and the
chapter has achieved 13 out of the 19 points needed for Chapter of Excellence. Our
required goal is 14 which is very achievable by June 30, 2011.
How are you doing as an individual towards achieving your Member of Excellence
for 2010-2011? Are you keeping track of the criteria on the worksheet that you
received in September?
Share your success with any member of the board so we can applaud you in your efforts. And
You need only 8 points to succeed
Keep your documents relating to Member of Excellence for one year in case of an audit
Apply on-line any time before June 30, 2011 at iaap-hq.org
The Pathways to Excellence program is one of personal commitment, pride in accomplishments and
dedication as an IAAP member and as a Chapter member. Follow this simple guideline: look at what you
have accomplished so far, look at what areas you can become involved in and aim for those to be
achieved. Print your personal worksheet, fill it in and see where you are today and aim for the items
remaining, challenging yourself to achieve them by June 2011. You too can become a Member of
Pathways To Excellence The future belongs to
The IAAP Pathways to Excellence Recognition Program is those who believe in the
designed to raise your value as a career-minded administrative beauty of their dreams.
professional by becoming a Member of Excellence, a Chapter of
Excellence, or a Division of Excellence. Eleanor Roosevelt
The program is based on ten principles, each a fundamental part
of what it means to be EXCELLENT at what you do:
Education and Training
Leadership Development Roles Certified Administrative
Marketing/Research/Community Outreach Professional Exams:
Programs and Participation
Recruitment and Retention CPS /CAP-OM
A Member of Excellence commits to being active and involved Registration Deadline:
in the association.
A Chapter of Excellence pledges to be a resource for its February 15th 2011
members and to maximize the value of IAAP membership.
A Division of Excellence commits to helping its members and
chapters to succeed. Exams: May 6 & 7, 2011
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Enhancing the success of career-minded administrative professionals by providing opportunities for growth through
education, community building and leadership development.
Integrity: We demonstrate this cornerstone of our profession through honesty, accountability and high ethical standards.
Respect: We create respect within our profession and association through listening, understanding and acknowledging
Adaptability: We ensure the success of our association by embracing positive change and by nurturing diversity,
creativity and visionary thinking.
Communication: We cultivate and maintain excellence by remaining approachable at all levels, communicating openly
and building strong relationships.
Commitment: We are steadfast in our goals to develop learning opportunities for career-minded administrative
professionals and to strengthen efficiency and effectiveness.
Lethbridge Chapter Directory
President – Sheila Finlay (email@example.com)
Pathways to Excellence 2010-2011 Member of Excellence President Elect – Tamara Sudar
Vice President – Rosie Roth CPS
Treasurer – Tanya Purdy-Fischer
http://iaap-hq.org/join Secretary – Loretta Nobert
Lethbridge Website Bylaws & Standing Rules – Beulah Sinclair CPS
Membership – Petrina Hobbs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
http://www.iaap.ca/ Ways & Means – Lexie Rogers
International Website Facilities – Tanya Purdy-Fischer; Mary Lyn Beattie
CPS Education – Susan Connolly CPS/CAP
Newsletter – Sharon O’Reilly
Webmaster – Mary Lyn Beattie
Publicity – Carmen Hellawell
Historian – Mary Wood
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The ABC’s of Work Ethics
Ask any employer to list the characteristics they look for in an employee, and you'll invariably find that above
education and experience, good business ethics always tops the list.
Business ethics, sometimes also referred to as corporate ethics, refers to the value that someone holds for hard
work, and for the satisfaction that work brings them. Having good business ethic means you work hard and are
darn proud of it. Simple enough to come by, or so one might think.
Everyone’s encountered at least one shining example of poor work ethic: the person who always comes to work
late, contributes little, complains to no end, and usually ends up losing their job. Such incidents are not isolated, or
rare: recently the US Department of Labor estimated that poor work ethic accounts for 80 percent of all job losses.
Business ethics are not exclusive to specific business types. No matter your location or area of expertise, whether
you’re advancing the corporate ladder in a Seattle law firm or scouring the online classifieds for Philadelphia jobs
with an emphasis on green technology, the importance of staying well versed in the principles of business ethics
cannot be overstated.
The ABC’s of Work Ethics:
Attendance – Being there is the first step to proving your reliability.
Attitude – Positivity is infectious. An employee with a positive attitude is twice as valuable as one without
Appearance – Taking pride in yourself reflects positively on you, and your employer.
Character – Honesty and initiative may be rare these days, but they don’t have to be.
Communication Skills – If you can’t let people know exactly what you want, you’ll never get it.
Cooperation – Nothing is ever accomplished if everyone pulls in different directions.
Organizational Skills – Nothing is more important to getting the job done on time.
Productivity – Elbert Hubbard said “If you work for a man, in heaven’s name work for him!” Words to live
and work by.
Respect – You get what you give. Respect is self-perpetuating, and nothing feels better when it comes back
Teamwork – “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” (Ryunosuke Satoro)
The ethics outlined above are pieces of an interlocking jigsaw puzzle that lay out the requirements inherent in
any career. The administrative assistant job description may differ vastly from that of a short-order cook, but
the common element for success in either is the same.
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The Knights of Columbus Council #1490 Hall located at 125-13 Street North is
available to rent for Christmas parties, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and family reunions. The hall is
air conditioned, has a kitchen available and is able to accommodate up to 100 people.
Please contact the hall @ (403) 327-1490 for more information.
CALL FOR BIDS – CANADA DIVISIONS CONFERENCE 2013
Canada Division Director, Sharron Buttler issued an email December 27, 2010 calling for bids for CDC 2013 from all Western
Canada Chapters. The Lethbridge Chapter bid committee is busy with budgets and letters of support. Deadline for
submission to Sharron is March 14, 2011.
Date Change for March 2011 Lethbridge Chapter IAAP monthly Professional Development Meeting
Due to a scheduling conflict our regular PD meeting has been changed from March 16th 2011 to March 23rd 2011.
We hope to see all of you there!!
Advertising Space Now Available
Do you wish to Advertise with us? Please contact
Sheila Finlay at email@example.com for more
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Chapter Corner Western Canada Division
Nomination deadline of February 28, 2011 for
the nominations of positions for the Western
Canada Division (WCD) Board for the 2011-2012
If you meet the qualifications and have an
interest in serving beyond the Chapter level,
please ask your chapter members to support
your nomination for WCD at your February
meeting with a nomination motion and vote.
IAAP ANNUAL DUES (payable in U.S. funds)
Dear IAAP Friends: Professional Dues
International - $83.00
Division - $15.00
Lethbridge Chapter Members with Rosita Chapter - $40.00
Hall from our Admin Professional Seminar One time processing fee $15.00
Registration and renewals can be paid on-line through IAAPs Web
To submit an article to the newsletter, please contact:
Sharon for all article submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
DeadlineO’Reilly, Newsletter Chair at1st day of each month.
To ask any questions or to voice any concerns or suggestions,
please contact: Sheila Finlay, Chapter President at
email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
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