2017-18 Chapter Board


Jeanette LeBlanc

Title & Company: Digital Content Manager, The Little Potato Company
IABC member: 8 years
Twitter@jileblanc @beyondthedough
LinkedIn: Jeanette LeBlanc
Instagram: @jileblanc

Why I joined the board: I first learned about IABC when I was a student in the SFU Communications Co-op program, and always had it in the back of my mind to join because I understood it was how I could best maintain my professional development outside of my day job and grow my network. I wish I had joined as a student, because the cost savings are so worth it. In short, I joined a bit further into my career and have been a member ever since for the exact reasons I knew it would be of value to me: professional development and networking.

My commitment to IABC/BC is to serve the board and ultimately you, our members. We have an exceptional team of board members creating great programs and opportunities to help us all connect, grow, and learn from one another. I am passionate about leading this team and continuously striving to better serve our members and potential-members.  

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Bloom where you are planted.

My life’s motto is: Do what makes you come alive, and that’s based on a quote I love – “Don’t ask what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”


Sarah Parker

Title & Company: Senior Communications Specialist, ICBC
IABC member: 9 years
Twitter: @sarahparkerpr
LinkedInSarah Parker

Why I joined the board: I joined the board to give back to an association that means so much to me, and to do my part to ensure our members have memorable and fulfilling experiences, no matter what stage they are in their career.

My commitment to IABC/BC: To support our chapter leaders and members in achieving their IABC goals–whatever those may be.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: “You miss 100 per cent of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky

My life’s motto is: Life is too short to have regrets. Say “yes” more often than you say “no.”


Gemma Lawrence

Title & Company: Product Communications Manager, Central 1
IABC member: 9 months
Twitter: @gemstars81
LinkedInGemma Lawrence

Why I joined the board: To gain invaluable leadership skills and develop myself as a strategic communicator within a supportive environment, whilst providing mentorship and support to other volunteers. Being on the board is a fantastic opportunity to learn from peers and support communicators. As a newcomer to Canada, IABC/BC has been invaluable in helping me to settle in BC and this role allows me to give back.

My commitment to IABC/BC: is to provide informative and engaging content, which raises awareness of IABC/BC and helps local communicators to develop their careers.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Always listen to your gut instinct. If something feels wrong, don’t do it.  If you are hitting lots of road blocks…you’re probably on the wrong path. But if something feels right to you, or it happens easily with a little effort from you…you’re probably on the right path.

My life’s motto: Life is short. Take Risks. Feel the fear but do it anyway. Often the the best experiences of your life will come from doing things that you were scared to do. And always surround yourself with great people who inspire and motivate you to be your best self.

Executive Administrator

Rebecca Kessler

Title & Company: Communications Coordinator, Township of Langley
IABC member: <1 year
Twitter: @_rebeccakessler
LinkedIn: Rebecca Kessler

Why I joined the board: For me, being an IABC/BC member in name wasn’t enough. Since joining the board, I’ve learned skills outside the day-to-day realm of communications, I’ve met some fascinating people, and I’m part of a great team environment where everyone brings their unique skills and life experience to the table.

My commitment to IABC/BC: To be as welcoming and helpful to members, prospective members, and guests as possible, at all times. If you ever feel alone, come find me!

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: If you can’t beat fear, just do it scared.

My life’s motto: Be excellent to each other.

Director, Finance

John Almond

Title & Company: Vice President and Web Strategist, Graphically Speaking
IABC Member: 26 years
LinkedIn: John Almond

Why I joined the board (again): To bring my past experiences on the IABC/BC chapter and Canada West Region boards and help the local chapter achieve its goals. I have always enjoyed volunteering with IABC.

My commitment to IABC/BC: To be supportive of my fellow volunteers and help make the BC chapter a success.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Think like an entrepreneur.

My life’s motto is: Like what you are doing or move on. (And when you find something you like, give it your all).

Director, Membership

Spencer Perry

Title & Company: Digital Communications Coordinator, British Columbia Securities Commission
IABC member: 3 years
Twitter: @SWSPerry
LinkedInSpencer Perry

Why I joined the board: I’ve always wanted to contribute at a higher level and have a role in shaping an IABC chapter. I’m proud to serve in the member services role and help B.C. communicators get the most out of their membership.

My commitment to IABC/BC: Knows no bounds.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Slow down.

My life’s motto is: “Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read.” – Leo Burnett

Director, Volunteer Services

Olga Pazuhka

Title & Company: Communications Advisor, BC Hydro
IABC member: 8 years
LinkedIn: Olga Pazuhka

Why I joined the board: To create an involved community of storytellers and grow our profession’s business impacts.

My commitment to IABC/BC: To deliver exceptional volunteer experiences that foster personal and professional growth and meaningful connections.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Action creates opportunity – take action and it will open up new opportunities – and always remember the power of the human touch.

My life’s motto is: “Don’t hope for a life without problems. There’s no such thing. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems.”

Director, Career Development

Denisa Orlandea

Title & CompanyCommunications Coordinator, Teekay
IABC member: 4 years
Twitter: @DenisaSays
LinkedIn: Denisa Orlandea

Why I joined the board: I have been volunteering with IABC/BC as long as I’ve been a member and I want to give back in a more meaningful way. I’m an ambitious person and taking a seat on the board was the perfect opportunity to put my leadership and management chops to the test and into action, while helping guide the strategic direction of the chapter.

My commitment to IABC/BC: I’m committed to helping fellow communicators connect, grow their careers, and give back to the profession.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Many of us feel compelled to speak up and add value right off the bat when starting a new job, but the most beneficial thing you can do is sit back and observe for the first two weeks. And when you do have something to say – do so with confidence.

My life’s motto is: Complacency kills dreams.

Director, Student + New Communicator Services

Glauce Fleury

Title & Company: Communications & Publications Specialist at Douglas College
IABC member: 4 years
LinkedInGlauce Fleury

Why I joined the board: To get involved on a higher level and expand my leadership skills.

My commitment to IABC/BC: Inspire students to learn about the valuable support that we offer to advance their careers in communications.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: “Trust yourself, and carve your own path.”

My life’s motto is: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

Director, Events

Christine Ackerley

Title & Company: Cities Changing Diabetes Vancouver Associate, Novo Nordisk
IABC member: <1 year
LinkedIn: Christine Ackerley

Why I joined the board: As an events volunteer, I got the chance to work with many of the 2016/17 board members. They’re an inspiring group, and I hoped that I’d join in a couple of years. But, IABC/BC moves quickly, and current board members encouraged me to apply. I was hesitant – mostly because of being so new to IABC/BC – but I’m thrilled I took the plunge. Ultimately, I joined the board because it’s such a fantastic opportunity to give back to the chapter while gaining valuable experiences.

My commitment to IABC/BC: To help members feel connected to each other and inspired by delivering unique events and continually improving.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: From my mom, who was channelling Eleanor Roosevelt: “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

My life’s motto is: “At the end of the day and at the end of my life, I want to know I contributed more than I criticized,” from Brene Brown and Theodore Roosevelt’s quote on daring greatly and entering the arena.


Director, Sponsorship & Advertising

Bradley Tollefsen


Title & Company: Web Strategist, Hootsuite
IABC member: <1 year
LinkedIn: Brad Tollefsen

Why I joined the board: To make a bigger impact on an organization that I have gotten so much from.

My commitment to IABC/BC:My commitment to the IABC/BC chapter is to build valuable relationships with our sponsors and strategic partnerships.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. … And some, are given a chance to climb.