Welcome 2021!  The BC and Yukon Chapter Board wishes all its members a very healthy and prosperous year.

The past year was certainly fraught with challenges.  It was a year where dialogue and engagement were integral and required more than ever.  From the members dialogues we held during 2020 it was evident that IAP2 members were stepping up and working hard to meet the increased demands and challenges that were presented.

Although this past year required lots of flexibility and ability to meet new and complex challenges there still remained the fact that good engagement done with integrity and based on foundational principles was essential.

As we begin this year  let us seek out the many ways that IAP2 can support us in our practice to be better; to build engagement processes that are based on a strong and ethical foundation.  We need to connect within communities of practice to build our skills and hone our abilities to lead good engagement.

This year’s Board is committed to supporting the BC and Yukon Chapter members through events, training and development. The Board members for 2021 are:

  • Belinda Boyd, President
  • Kari O-Rourke, Training Coordinator
  • Megan Fitzgerald, Secretary
  • Monique Beaudry, Treasurer
  • Michelle Larstone, Member Services Coordinator
  • Kevin Shipalesky, Director at Large
  • Karen Estrin, Director at Large
  • Nanette van Doorn, Director at Large

I want to thank them for their commitment to IAP2 and to invite all members to consider a role on the Board.  I look forward to this year of  learning together and ensuring a culture of engagement is truly embedded in all aspects of our lives as we navigate this new normal.

Best to you all,

Belinda Boyd

President, IAP2 BC and Yukon Chapter

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Belinda Boyd, President

I became a member of IAP2 Canada 15 years ago and my decision to volunteer as a Board member was partly because I had enjoyed the benefits of membership for so long that I felt it was time to give back and partly because I was asked to join the Board but mostly because of the amazing people associated with IAP2 BC and Yukon and the chance to connect even more with many of them.  I am a public engagement practitioner with a primary focus on engagement for health care improvement. The tools I use are focused on engagement to impact the patient experience of care.  One of my valued resources is a white paper from the Beryl Institute “To Care is Human: The Factors Influencing Human Experience in Healthcare Today”

Monique Beaudry, Treasurer

I joined IAP2 two years ago when a significant discount on membership was offered in conjunction with a course on dealing with public outrage was being offered. As a Senior Transportation Planner for 30 years I have provided a significant amount of public engagement, stakeholder engagement, and handling of public inquiries. Transportation issues can be emotional issues and I have had to learn how to work with raging emotions from the start of my career. I joined IAP2 and have subsequently taking the Foundations course because I wanted to learn about the formal tools for delivering public engagement. I joined the board when I moved to BC from Saskatchewan as a means to contribute to an organization that teaches valuable techniques to better serve the public and to meet people at the same time. One of my favourite resources is the IAP2 Brochure because it nicely summarizes the main approach to public engagement that can be used as a quick reference when planning an engagement event.

Kari O-Rourke, Training Coordinator

I am the Community Communications Manager and the City of Kelowna and have been an IAP2 groupie for over a decade watching incredible P2 professionals bring the standards of engagement to a whole new level. I was the developer of the City of Kelowna’s Engage Policy and supporting program in 2014. My work focuses on the advocacy and education of IAP2 practices for City-led initiatives and supporting a great team of communications professionals. I’m also excited to be a part of the IAP2 Canada’s Indigenous Engagement panel of practitioners as a mentee.  I have a number of my go-to resources which include IAP2 webinars and white papers, but I’m also a real fan of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s toolkits and National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation resources.

Michelle Larstone, Member Services Coordinator

I live with my family in Smithers, B.C., on the beautiful unceded traditional territory of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. I work for the provincial government as a Community Engagement Specialist and have been a member of iap2 Canada for three years. I took my Foundations training in 2018 and have been a big fan ever since! When the opportunity to join the BC and Yukon Chapter board came up, I put my name forward in order to meet more P2 practitioners and to support the great work this organization does. I’m really looking forward to connecting with members and learning more about how we can best serve your needs and goals for engagement.

Kevin Shipalesky, Director at Large

As the Community Engagement Coordinator with Water Services at Metro Vancouver, my role is to understand the ways in which construction of water infrastructure could impact surrounding communities, and work to reduce those impacts. I am always looking for new ways to engage the public early and often in my work. I joined the Board in 2018 because I’m passionate about creating opportunities for more inclusive public participation, and I’m excited to work with and learn from other Board members doing similar work in many different sectors. Events and other informal networking opportunities are some of my favourite resources for continued learning and professional development. I’m looking forward to meeting new members and getting better acquainted with established members at upcoming Chapter events in 2020.

Karen Estrin, Director at Large

I’m a Civic Engagement Specialist with the City of Vancouver, supporting teams across the organization in their public engagement efforts. I have a keen interest in authentic engagement and reducing barriers to participation. For the past five years I’ve worked as an engagement leader in public engagement in health care with the Patient Voices Network first at ImpactBC and then with the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council.  Before that I worked in grants and community initiatives at the Vancouver Foundation as well as in various museums, archives, and cultural centres in Alberta and BC. I have been a member of IAP2 Canada since 2015 and recently joined the board of the BC & Yukon chapter.

Nanette van Doorn, Director at Large

I currently work as part of a Strategy and Stakeholder Relations team supporting the Solid Waste department at Metro Vancouver. I attended the IAP2 North America Conference in Charlotte, NC in 2019 and found connecting with fellow members and learning about their projects, struggles and triumphs to be very rewarding. I decided to volunteer for IAP2 and followed through with the Board member nomination shortly after attending the conference. I see this volunteer position as a great opportunity to connect and share experiences and lessons learned with others who have been working in the engagement and public participation field.