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Ashley Whiting

We caught up with Ashley Whiting, former Board member and current volunteer to ask her about her experience with IABC. As a new member and a student member Ashley provides some interesting insights into the benefits of being an IABC member.

Ashley Whiting
Member since: May 2011
Volunteer position: Student Representative on the IABC Regina Board

Why did you join IABC?
I am just beginning my career in communications and I am still a part-time student. I joined IABC because I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to learn more about the profession and meet people from Regina who work in the industry. 

Why did you become a volunteer with IABC Regina?
I wanted an opportunity to gain more skills and experience that would be valuable to my career. I thought that volunteering with IABC would not only give me some great experience, but also the chance to network with others.

I also wanted to be able to share my passion for communications with other students. As a student, I wish that I had known more about the profession and the opportunities that were available in the field earlier in my journey. 

What type of volunteering did you do with IABC Regina?
I volunteered as a student representative on the IABC Regina Board. I had the chance to plan and launch the first ever student event. I was also able to visit a number of classes and career days to talk about the profession and IABC. In addition, I worked with other board members to implement a mentorship initiative for students and young professionals. 

What did you get out of your volunteer experience?
I gained some great skills and experience as a volunteer with IABC. I had the chance to plan events, put together communications plans and engage in public speaking initiatives. Most importantly, I was able to meet other members and build some great relationships with new students and the University. This was also my first time working as part of a Board and a great way to become familiar with IABC and everything the association and chapter offers. From the Board and members, I received some great mentorship not only in communications work I was doing as a volunteer, but also in terms of guidance in my personal career. 

What has been your experience with the IABC community in Regina?
I’ve really enjoyed going out to events, luncheons, and getting to know others in the chapter. I’ve found that everyone is really welcoming and friendly. As a student and a new member, this has made my experience with IABC really positive.

I also really enjoyed working with last year’s Board. There was a range of young and seasoned professionals who brought great experience and leadership to chapter. To me, one of the most impressive things was how open they are to innovative and new ideas – I think this is what will continue to make being part of the IABC Regina community exciting! 

What is the most valuable thing about your membership?
For me, the most valuable thing about being an IABC member is the opportunity to be part of our professional community in Regina. There are so many great opportunities that come from being able to attend events and network with people in the field. It’s great to be able to see the communication initiatives and successes that are happening right here in Regina.

That being said, I know there are many other tools and opportunities to take advantage of as a member of IABC. In the future, I’m hoping to use more of the educational resources available through my membership. I’m also really excited about the Accreditation Completion Program that the Regina Chapter offers. I think this added support will be extremely beneficial when I am ready to pursue my accreditation. 

Why would you recommend IABC to others?
I’ve only been a member for just over a year, but have already had some invaluable experiences. I would especially recommend IABC to young professionals or even students considering a career in communications. It’s a great way to meet people, to learn about the profession, and there are so many opportunities to get involved in ways that will help grow your future and your career.

Special thanks to Ashley for taking the time to chat with us. If you would like to tell us what you value most about your IABC contact us at contact@iabcregina.ca.