01-May-2012 Adrian Cropley, ABC, the 2011-2012 chair of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has selected Claire Watson, ABC as one of two recipients of this year’s Chairman’s Award. Watson is scheduled to accept the award at IABC’s World Conference in Chicago on 24 June 2012.

Each year, the IABC chair honours one or more members who have worked selflessly behind the scenes to enhance the association’s image, facilitate member development and benefit the communication profession. Any current IABC member who has belonged to the association for at least five years is eligible for the award.

“I am proud to have Claire as one of our 2012 Chairman’s Award winners. She has dedicated herself to serving IABC and the profession at every opportunity, and is a brilliant communication professional,” Cropley said. “Claire’s work across multiple IABC programs, especially the Gold Quill Awards, Accreditation, and most recently her work on developing and rolling out evaluator certification training has shown staggering results in setting the standard for awards evaluation. Claire is a tireless leader for IABC and I look forward to honoring her at the World Conference in Chicago in June.”

Watson, a longtime member from the Regina chapter, has been involved in multiple IABC programs during her 19 years as a member of the association. As an accredited member Claire has been heavily involved with both exam and portfolio reviews, and is a trusted member of the Portfolio Review team. She was the 2004 international Gold Quill Chair. In addition to her long-time service to the program she has led the development and implementation of a comprehensive training program for Gold Quill evaluators, coordinating and leading training sessions across the Americas, and coordinating groups in Australia and South Africa. Watson has also served on the IABC Regina board in numerous roles, and since 2009 has served as the Director of National Programs and Sponsorships for Canada West Region.

On learning about her selection for the award, Watson said, "When I think of the thousands of worthy volunteers around the world who contribute to our Association and our profession, I'm very grateful and truly humbled to receive this award. It is a great honour, but not a solo accomplishment. The credit is shared with all those I've met along the way who opened doors, encouraged me, believed in me, trusted me and stood for my success. Without those special people none of this would be possible.

Watson continued, “IABC is part of my everyday life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. People often ask me why I devote so much time to the Association. The answer is simple. I believe that within communication lies the power to change the world for the better. IABC connects my passion for communication with people and ideas that truly make a difference. That’s exciting! I’m blessed with an international network of friends, opportunities to work alongside and learn from colleagues and leaders at all levels, and the ability to help shape the future of our profession. What more could anyone ask for?"

Visit the Chairman’s Award web site for more information.