It was a busy spring for the FMI
Manitoba Chapter! With over 200 delegates gathering in Winnipeg
from the Province and across Canada for PSMW 2017, planning
for the event became a priority.
And what an event it was!
Not only was it an excellent opportunity to network with fmi*igf
members from across Canada, it was also a unique hands-on learning
opportunity. There were presentations by: Bill Mathews, Comptroller
General of Canada; Mark Rodgers, President and CEO, Habitat for
Humanity Canada; Susanne Robertson, CFO of the Canadian Museum for
Human Rights; Martha Okot Thomas, President of fmi*igf's National
Board of Directors; and Judy Richichi, Director at the Siloam
Mission, who managed to make the room weep! There was also a panel
of procurement experts and six breakout sessions of various topics
focusing on PSMW's theme "Collaboration - Growth -
PSMW 2017 was also an excellent
opportunity to showcase Manitoba's unique culture and heritage with
performances from local dance groups: La Troupe Jeunesse and
Walking Wolf (First Nations Contemporary Dance Troup).
La Troupe Jeunesse
Organizing such an event requires a
large number of man hours. The FMI-Manitoba Chapter would like to
thank PSMW Co-Chairs and former Chapter Presidents, Robyn Van Vliet
and Lynn Cowley for their tireless work! Of course, they were
supported by members of the Organizing Committee: Allison Zimmer,
Trevor de Ryck and Athena Dinos. There was also a lot of support
from FMI National Office! Chris Egan, Caroline Désilets, Cheryl
Elliott, Lynn Carroll and Nicolas Drolet each played a key part in
the success of PSMW 2017 Winnipeg... be it managing the marketing
material, ironing logos on promotional bags or simply keeping the
team on track. But it didn't stop there! Volunteers from the
Chapter Board, from the finance community and family members and
friends all came together to help where they could. Yes… sisters,
sons, daughters, boyfriends and girlfriends were solicited to
volunteer, and they did so with a smile. Thank you to everyone for
So, was the event a success? Most
would base their response on the phenomenal program and impressive
list of contributors, but another measure would be the great number
of positive comments received and smiles seen throughout the venue.
However, the measure most fitting was defined by Allison Zimmer….
"Success should be measured by the fun that was had".
Despite a lot of work by the organizing committee, and having to
manage a few problems along the way, everyone had fun!! So yes,
PSMW 2017 was a success!!
Committee - PSMW 2017 Winnipeg: Allison Zimmer,
Lynn Cowley (Co-Chair), Trevor de Ryck, Robyn Van Vliet (Co-Chair)
and Athena Dinos.