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May 17th, 2018    
5:15 pm - 8:30 pm

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When searching summer jobs, co-op work terms and entry-level communications positions, do you ever wish you had more experience with some of the requirements?

Post-secondary communications programs don’t always cover some of the essential on-the-job duties that are common in workplaces. That’s why IABC/BC is pleased to host Comm 101: Learning on-the-job duties. This is your chance to gain some valuable workplace skills, and add them to your resumé.

On Thursday, May 17, come to the offices of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPABC), where three leading industry professionals will host workshops on how to create a communications plan, news release and internal communications article. Bring your laptop and writing materials. Let’s #GetWorkingInComm.

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Speaker bios

Communications plan session
Heather Merry, CMP
Member & External Communications Manager, Central 1 Credit Union 

Heather holds more than 15 years of experience in communications, but she vows to learn something new every day. She seeks creative ways to build communications strategies, engaging and collaborating with many stakeholders to deliver results. She has considerable experience in public and media relations, internal communications and investor relations. Detailed to the core, holding a red pen is her thing, but she keeps that in check. In 2017, Heather completed her Diploma in Public Relations through UVic and certified as a Communication Management Professional (CMP). Outside of work, find Heather with family, outdoors in the sun or snow, studying or reading.


Internal communications writing session
Nancy Painter, ABC
Communications Consultant

Nancy Painter, ABC, enjoys internal communication more than any other business communicating. After working in Employee Communications at ICBC for several years, she worked in internal communications in several other industries through her consulting business, Paint A Story Communications. She’s won IABC awards and served on Blue Ribbon panels at the provincial, national and international levels. With Erin Driscoll, ABC, she co-led the last ABC class that IABC/BC offered before the introduction of the current accreditation process.


News release writing session
Hanah Van Borek
Communication Specialist, Vancouver Art Gallery

Hanah Van Borek is Communication Specialist for the Vancouver Art Gallery, a role she took on recently since serving three years as Account Manager within the Media Relations division of Murray Paterson Marketing Group (MPMG). At MPMG, Canada’s only full-service arts marketing firm, Hanah worked on campaigns for the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver Christmas Market and many other major arts + culture organizations. Her experience in PR ranges from finance, business and technology, to arts including theatre, dance, music, film, festivals and visual arts.


When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 – 5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Registration: 5:15 p.m.
Welcome: 5:45 p.m.
Workshop: 5:50 p.m.
Wrap-up: 8:25 p.m.

Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPABC)
Harbour Centre, 800-555 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6

$20: Student members and non-members
$30: Members
$40: Non-Members

Reduced-ticket prices thanks to our sponsor.






Register soon because space is limited!

If you have troubles registering, call the IABC/BC registration line at 604-878-1320 or email our Admin Team at