In November, Nova Scotia, PEI, and New Brunswick Chapters coordinated dates to host workshops facilitated by the CES National President( Sarah Farina) on “Measuring Collaboration: Relationships as Results.” Workshops were held in Halifax and Moncton, and a speaking engagement took place in connection with the PEI Chapter AGM, in Charlottetown. Sarah's sessions were tailored to meet the needs of each chapter (e.g., allowing for Sarah's and participants' driving times, use of the official language/s of choice, the time available, and group learning preferences).
The topic attracted non-CES members as well as members in all three locations. In addition to the highly relevant and practice-oriented topic, the professional learning events provided a good opportunity to raise awareness about membership benefits and the complementary roles of CES National and local Chapters.
Networking time supported relationship building among members and with non-members. In Nova Scotia, Sarah attended post-session networking luncheon for workshop participants. Sarah also took the opportunity in PEI to meet with a group of federal evaluators (members and non-members) to discuss evaluation topics and provide information on the CE designation. Her discussions and the information provided has increased the groups interest in the designation and strengthened the support for CES events locally and nationally.
This was the most recent of several Maritime Chapter cooperations to host in-person workshops delivered by National and International colleagues on consecutive days in order to reduce travel costs and environmental footprint. The Maritime Chapter Boards/PLCs are exploring collaboration on future professional development events of mutual interest.