CPF BC & Yukon is inviting Chapter Representatives to join the Staff and Board on Jan. 15 and 16, 2021, for a Virtual Chapter Support Forum. We know we can’t get together in-person yet, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have tips, resources and stories to share!
Friday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. PST | Join us on Jan. 15 for a night of networking, Branch updates and a look-ahead to what 2021 has in store for CPF BC & Yukon. Our Branch president, Nancy Taylor, will be the evening’s keynote speaker, and will draw on her extensive experience with non-profits to speak about volunteer burnout and succession planning.
Saturday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PST | On Saturday, attendees and staff will meet in the morning to learn from a former Member of Parliament about connecting with local decision makers, and about a new environment-centred program for French immersion students. In the afternoon, sessions will focus on media messaging and chapter advocacy strategies.
CPF BC & Yukon went online for this year’s Branch AGM and Conference, due to gathering and travel considerations around COVID-19. Instead of being a weekend-long event of workshops, meetings and networking events, the Branch instead hosted a virtual mini conference on Friday, Sept. 18 and an AGM on Sept. 19.
The Branch is also planning more mini conferences throughout the year to offer the same quantity of quality learning opportunities to volunteers as a regular, in-person conference would, but spaced out to give attendees a break from the virtual world of Zoom.
CONFERENCE | Friday, Sept. 18 – 7 p.m. PDT | Nearly 40 members and staff gathered on Zoom for network updates and a chance to reconnect. CPF BC & Yukon staff members spoke about how COVID-19 has impacted their roles as they relate to chapters (socio-cultural event planning, Chapter visits, communication strategies, etc.), and attendees shared their concerns and questions in breakout groups with staff members.
AGM | Saturday, Sept. 19 – 9 a.m. PDT | We had nearly 30 members join us on Zoom for the CPF BC & Yukon 2019-2020 Annual General Meeting, where they reviewed Board nominations, recognized award winners and reviewed the Branch’s activities and financial statements.
While there were no in-person workshops with the 2020 CPF BC & Yukon Conference, as there was in 2019 in Kelowna (above), CPF BC & Yukon members could still attend the online conference on Sept. 18 and 19, 2020, as well as future online learning opportunities the Branch has planned for throughout the year.