BY NANCY TOTH, MA
Professional Development Manager
During the past few months, professional associations,
as well as other non-profit and commercial providers of
professional development, have invited the department into
different levels of cooperation in events.
Basically, some PD providers are saying they’ll
give us a deal if we help them promote their events. These
deals range from discounted registration charges for APEGGA
members to full partnerships, in which APEGGA shares any
profits and is fully involved in planning and promotion.
We’ve been carefully considering these relationships,
and that’s led to the formalization of the basic
guidelines necessary to make them work. It’s important
to us that APEGGA and its members benefit from each arrangement,
so it’s the value of the benefit that determines
how involved we want to be and what we’re willing
In cases of collaboration with other professional associations,
we’ll sometimes just trade promotional advertising
space. If the provider is a non-profit organization, we’ll
sometimes discount how much The PEGG charges for advertising.
If the APEGGA PD Department is a full partner in planning
and profit-sharing with another non-commercial group, we’ll
likely cover a significant share or even all of the PEGG
We are currently talking with Alberta government departments
and other providers of PD about developing more partnerships.
Our hope is that we’ll increase the number and quality
of PD seminars and conferences we can offer members.
The department is developing standard agreements for future
partnerships, so we handle them in a consistent and well-documented
I should note that this doesn’t have anything to
do with that The PEGG runs under the PD Opportunities calendar.
That section remains open to non-profit PD providers offering
events relevant to members. There’s no charge for
service, but publication there remains at the discretion
of the editor.
One side benefit to all this is that the increased interest
in partnerships prompted us to revisit how we approach
professional development within The PEGG. That led to the
creation of this section, which we hope will make it simpler
for everyone to pursue their professional development goals.
Mentoring Program Update
Newsflash! The APEGGA Mentoring Homepage is up and running.
You can find it at http://www.apegga.org/mentor. The links
are live with the exception of the one for registration
as the Colaboro software has not yet been installed.
You will recall that earlier this year APEGGA arranged
for a random survey on mentoring. Results indicated over
2,500 members have interest in being mentors and about
1,200 are interested in being protégés – you
may be one of them! Over the past several months, we reviewed
the features and benefits of the Colaboro mentoring software
and purchased it. Electronic matching will provide the
most efficient, time-effective and cost-effective way to
run the program for our many interested members.
If you think you may be interested in being a mentor or
a protégé, please note that at the end of
March, the registration process will begin. There will
be a nominal fee of $50 to the protégé for
the first year ($25 for subsequent years) and no fee to
the mentor. All you will to do is go into the Mentoring
Homepage and follow the prompts to obtain an authorization
number. With the authorization number, you will be able
to go to the Colaboro registration site.
See APEGGA’s Mentoring Homepage for information
on the mentoring software. For information on mentoring
that may help you decide whether or not you want to participate
in the program, click on the Mentoring Handbook. By the
end of April, when a pool of interested members has registered,
the matching process will begin. Watch the website and
the next PEGG for more information on this exciting opportunity.