By Kelly Thompson, PWAC Vancouver President
Happy New Year to all PWAC Vancouver members and hopefully this holiday season has brought joy and a bit of time to sit back and relax with your loved ones. I come to you in my first official duty as the Vancouver Chapter President, as our previous illustrious leader, the wonderful Michelle Clough, has decided to step down to pursue other passions. Thankfully, her knowledge and support will remain with the chapter as she will stay on as Past President. As Vice Presidents do, I’ll be taking over as President and regular elections will be held in April for all executive positions. That being said, if you would like to volunteer to help now, we are more than happy to get others involved in this exciting chapter before regular election time.
We’re looking to make this a great year for PWAC Vancouver, increasing our online presence and providing more opportunities for members to engage and network, both at fun social events as well as professional development seminars, which are sure to benefit any writers’ business. Furthermore, our continued coordination with Magazines BC, thanks to our Regional Director, Heidi Turner, is going to provide even more opportunities to connect with others in the magazine business, namely, those who will employ us.
In the meantime, the PWAC Vancouver executive has been working hard to find new and exciting ways to engage members while boosting membership. Obviously, the ways of technology indicate that social media presence is a must and we are answering the call with a new and enhanced social media plan. So you will notice us Tweeting, participating on Facebook and posting regularly to this blog (with a new look!) to keep our members in the loop. Please be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter and we’ll be sure to return the favour! We will also provide information updates and meeting notes on the blog so that all members can access the information if they happen to miss a meeting.
Furthermore, we’ve also decided to hold monthly socials on the second Thursday of every month, with the first to take place Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 pm at Steamworks, downtown Vancouver. We also hope to occasionally collaborate with Remy Scalza’s group of freelancers at these socials, further widening our networking scope. So please come armed with your best rejection letter (winner gets a free beer!) and mingle with your fellow writers. Please note, February’s social will be on the first Thursday of the month, 7 Feb, since the following week is Valentine’s day.
All this to say, there is a lot to look forward to in 2013. So to my fellow writers, I wish you the best New Year’s Day possible and hope to meet all of you soon.
Kelly Thompson, PWAC Vancouver President