CPHR Alberta is very happy to take this opportunity to recognize all the volunteers who give their time, energy, and knowledge to the HR community. Through a variety of committees and other opportunities throughout the year, CPHR Alberta volunteers make a strong contribution to moving the profession forward and adding value for their colleagues. We’re grateful for all that you do!
The CPHR Alberta Marketing and Communications team has worked closely with two committees over the last several years. The committee members have had a significant hand in developing original content for both the CPHR Alberta Magazine and our website news blog, including researching, sourcing and editing external content. The MarCom team has relied heavily on this professional expertise to help drive our editorial calendars and themes to ensure members receive timely and relevant content to support their continued learning.
Social Media Committee
The newer of our two committees is the Social Media Committee. This committee has consisted of a dedicated core group of individuals who have continued to support the Association as we navigate through a new online world. From the development and promotion of our LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels to writing original content monthly for our blog, this committee has continued to stay on top of trends and resources, providing professional guidance to the MarCom team.
In the last year, the Social Media Committee has helped grow our social channels by supporting our feeds through shares, retweets, direct posts, and likes, increasing our LinkedIn following by 53%. Their push for connections in our LinkedIn Group has expanded our community by 18%.
Social Media has become a key driver of the Association's success in professional development and program offerings. Our incredible HR community is an active and engaged group that continues to support each other through change. This level of engagement would not be possible without the continued dedication of our Social Media Committee.
Jolee Coulter has been with the committee since it was created in 2018. She is an incredible resource with brilliant ideas that have helped shape the committee and some of the Association's networking and professional development events. We asked Jolee what she finds most rewarding about her work on the Social Media Committee, here is what she had to say:
"I expected to simply be fulfilled from being a part of something and giving of my time, but what I didn't expect was how much more deeply connected I felt with CPHR AB, it's members, and its events! I think I've been personally motivated to get much more involved with events than I would have otherwise - simply from exposure! I have also met some truly wonderful people (co-committee members), and have had unique opportunities to share my ideas with CPHR AB's program development team (outside of social media stuff). It's been a really holistic experience!"
The Editorial Committee has been with the Association for over a decade, supporting the MarCom team through magazine name and design changes, yearly editorial theming, writing and editing. The committee members meet every six to eight weeks to discuss trends and changes within the profession and determine article topics relevant to include in upcoming issues – most of which they write themselves.
The Editorial Committee wrote 13 original articles within the last year and edited approximately 17 industry professional original articles to be shared in our quarterly publication.
The CPHR Alberta Magazine is a great way to showcase our members and a refreshing member benefit to many. For many, writing is not easy, and our Editorial Committee takes on this time-intensive task again and again. Their expertise in the field of HR is invaluable in anticipating the content needed for our members.
Dr. Kanwaljit Kuar Chaudhry has been with the committee since 2013. She is an incredible writer and editor and always a great support system for her co-members. She often sparks committee conversations around important topics and offers supportive ideas and resource references. We asked Kanwaljit why she decided to volunteer for the Editorial Committee, here is what she had to say:
"When I moved to Canada and became a fresh CPHR professional, I felt the acute need to connect with my fellow professionals. I wanted to collaborate with my peers and develop my knowledge base. So in October 2013 I signed up to volunteer with the Editorial Committee. Being a part of the Editorial Committee gave me the opportunity to meet my peers, and learn from them. It was an opportunity to work collectively and share the best insights with our fellow professionals. Over the past years I have worked with many wonderful and knowledgeable people who have made volunteering fun and rewarding. Our brainstorming sessions have led to several great ideas coming to light. While working together on articles we have had the unique opportunity to learn from one another, uncover some sticky issues and find innovative ways to address them. Writing an article requires time to research the issue you intend to work on and create numerous drafts before you can have the one final piece. But the benefits of having one well-crafted article far outweighs the time and effort. Working on the Editorial Committee has helped me gain knowledge more than just my immediate work role, expand my skill set and get to know these amazing talented professionals who have so much to offer to their fellow professionals. So over the years my reasons for volunteering have also expanded from mere networking opportunities and keeping pace with practice, to joy of working with talented professionals, giving back to the profession, pleasure of writing and making new friends. “