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January 17th, 2022    
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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This IABC/BC pop-up SIG offers a safe, open space for communications professionals to share their take on the F word: feelings.

About this event

“Communications professionals across the globe have kept teams connected and held organizations together, but this has come at a cost to the exhausted individuals whose mental health is suffering.”

– Sia Papageorgiou, FRSA, SCMP, managing director at the Centre for Strategic Communication Excellence (CSCE), chair of the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) and former IABC regional and chapter leader.

Have you ever wondered how some people are able to stay calm in the most stressful situations? Or maybe you’re looking for ways to destress and tackle your anxious thoughts? More importantly, how are you really feeling these days?

This pop-up SIG is intended to offer a safe, open space for IABC/BC members to share their take on the F word: feelings. While we’re not mental health professionals, research confirms that support from a group of people with shared experience is a key part of helping someone who is going through a mental illness or injury. This support provides a network of practical and emotional help.

So, next Blue Monday, join us at the first SIG of 2022 for the opportunity to share, be heard and identify some areas of mental well-being that may be unique to the communications profession.


SIG Co-Chairs Gunjan Kafil and José Vargas


José is a communications professional with more than 12 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He is currently a senior market manager (strategic communications and brand advancement) for TELUS Health, where they are leveraging the power of technology to provide Canadians with better health outcomes.

José recently completed Jeff Warren’s 30-day How to Meditate course and would like to leverage IABC/BC’s SIG community to reflect on the state of mental health in our profession.


Gunjan is an award-winning communications professional with 14 years of communications experience building global brands across Asia, the Middle East and North America.

Gunjan has been a member of IABC since 2020, supporting initiatives in Toronto, British Columbia and the Canada West region. Since 2012, Gunjan has delivered award-winning wellness campaigns and led Employee Engagement and Wellness at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Gunjan has also climbed two of the Seven Summits and a few other mountains. Gunjan enjoys running and has completed nearly 50 races comprising 10 KM, 21 KM and vertical runs. As a trained Yoga teacher and a lover of the outdoors, Gunjan is keen to share the joys of thinking outside, no box required.

Event details

  • Date: Monday, November 17, 2022, aka. Blue Monday
  • Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM PDT
  • Format: A small group conversation-style session hosted virtually on Zoom.

Please note that the Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the event.

Due to the intimate conversation-style format of these sessions, space is limited, so sign up soon!


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  • Members: Free
  • Student Members: Free

If you have accessibility requests or other questions about this SIG, please email sigs[at]

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are small, informal gatherings currently held online via Zoom, where like-minded communicators meet to connect and exchange knowledge around relevant, emerging topics within the communications community. There is no charge for IABC/BC members.