I am not sure what your year was like, but I assume it was much like mine. Lots of things planned, many of those achieved, some still on the side of my desk. Things that came up which I never expected, others that got dropped because of competing priorities.  A year of cool projects and challenging issues but in the end, it was a great year!

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As I look back on the year, it reinforces just how important communications is in education. Of the opportunities and challenges we faced, communications were key. Not everyone realizes that, but when they see our shared successes and listen to our advice, we build support, confidence, and trust.  Keep doing that and soon they will come to you recognizing that communications play a key role in the success of key initiatives and issues.

With June almost done, it’s time for summer and the opportunity for some rest, relaxation and likely some reflection. I trust you have opportunities to spend time with family and friends, get out in the sun, create some adventures and have fun. You deserve it; after all, you’ve survived another year in education communications!

Happy summer!

ANNOUNCEMENTS: CACE welcomes our first Executive Director

The Board of Directors of CACE is very pleased to announce Candace Denison as our first Executive Director. Recognizing the benefits of continuity in our organization as well as the need to ensure sustainability and growth, the Board saw the need to ‘build our bench strength’ through a part-time staff member to support the work of the executive. Candace brings a wide range of skills and experiences that will greatly benefit CACE.

Candace has been involved in communication, education, and the not-for-profit sector for over fifteen years.  Her background includes experience and training in fundraising, public relations, event planning, as well as volunteer and association management.

Candace is a member of CACE, serving as the Director of Communications with Foothills School Division in southern Alberta. She is also a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, Meeting Professionals International and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Previously, Candace served as Executive Director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards as well as the Air Cadet League of Canada.

Key areas of responsibility as Executive Director will include providing administrative support and leadership for the Board as well as enhancing support and services to our members.  Candace, along with the Board, will help grow our membership, enhance relationships with our sponsors, as well as support professional development and conference planning for CACE.

Candace is passionate about serving the community by volunteering with several non-profits including Habitat for Humanity, Big Sisters and the 99’s (an association for female pilots). When she isn’t working or volunteering you can often find her improving her skills in various workshops and courses, skiing or bicycling along scenic trails, andtravelling to exotic locations.

Candace can be contacted at [email protected] or 403-422-0871.