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Extending Association's Value Through Volunteerism
BY TRACY SOPKOW
APEGGA Public Affairs Officer
Elaine Honsberger, P.Geoph., encourages anyone who feels passionate about an issue facing the association to volunteer. In addition to serving on APEGGA Council, the Geoscience Task Force and the Acts, Regulations & Bylaws Committee, Elaine has volunteered for the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysics and the Canadian Geoscience Council. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Elaine works as a senior geophysicist with Alberta Energy Company Ltd. in Calgary.
Has your involvement with Council and the Geoscience
Task Force changed your perception of the professions?
How do your volunteer experiences and work responsibilities
complement each other?
What advice would you give to members considering
volunteering with APEGGA?
How do you spend your spare time?
Currently, however, there are many engineers, geologists and geophysicists in Alberta who likely have the qualifications to become an APEGGA member, but who are not members for a variety of reasons. One area that has a tremendous influence on whether people register in any professional organization is the effectiveness of its registration system. A system that is too exclusive in its membership approach leaves too few people operating as qualified professionals, and makes it impossible to regulate those who are practising, but are not members. A system that is too inclusive (i.e. everyone is a member) brings no real value to anyone.
Obviously, the ultimate solution for APEGGA is to find an optimal place in between these two extremes, and I have watched many volunteers work hard to do this over the last three years. As APEGGA works to find that balance, I would like to encourage those of you who feel strongly about this and other key issues to get involved as volunteers. There are many important areas where you can make a difference, and make our organization of more value to us all.
What is your motto?
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