Jon Greggs: Helping Develop Future Of Professions Through Volunteering
By Tracy Sopkow
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(Scuba-diver Jon Greggs, P.Geol., took the
plunge as an APEGGA volunteer.)
Among the most important contributions APEGGA members can make to
their profession and the Association is to become a volunteer. Since 1996,
Jon Greggs, P.Geol., has volunteered with APEGGA, first on the Practice
Review Board's Continuing Competence Subcommittee and since 1998 on the
Professional Development Committee. A professional geologist, Jon received
his B.Sc. in geological sciences from Queen's University. He now works
as a technical supervisor, geology and geophysics, at the University of
did you become involved with APEGGA as a volunteer?
My sister, Darcie Greggs, P.Geol., volunteered me to the Practice Review
Board (PRB) subcommittee working on the Continuing Competence/Professional
Development Guideline. Little did I know that I was getting into many
hours of challenging work. From there, it was a natural transition to
the Professional Development (PD) Committee.
advice would you offer to other volunteers?
Prepare to be generous with your time. Giving of your time can be very
satisfying. People recognize that you are making a contribution that you
don't have to, and they appreciate the effort. Secondly, volunteer only
for activities that you either enjoy or think important. If you are not
committed in some way, you will not get any satisfaction from your effort
and your continuing commitment may be poor. Finally, know it is important
and acceptable to say "no" sometimes. You can't do everything!
you learned anything as a volunteer that you take and apply to other areas
of your life?
Absolutely! APEGGA volunteers almost always work with other professionals
and respected non-professionals. From this I've learned to recognize,
appreciate and accommodate the various viewpoints and concerns people
have with both professional and non-professional issues. I have also sharpened
my writing skills and improved my interpretive reading. Having given many
presentations to casual groups, Council and students, I have also learned
the immense value of being well prepared.
do you feel is an important issue facing the Professional Development
Committee at this time?
We are in an important period of the implementation of the program as
members start to reach the three-year window in their programs. There
is a potential mountain of work for the PD Committee and the PRB as resistant
and reluctant members choose not to supply acceptable data. I'm not saying
that these members are not actively engaged in PD activities, they just
may not like completing the necessary forms. As part of self-governance,
APEGGA is obliged to follow-up.
would be your ideal dream project?
Tough question! The University of Calgary is contemplating a new science
facility with a cluster of major analytical instruments. Helping that
to completion would be very satisfying. We just need a few tens of millions
you have any hobbies and interests?
Don't tell anyone, they will start to suspect I am an engineer at heart.
In connection with my scale model railroad, I build accurate replicas
of local buildings serviced by the railways. I document each one for publication
-- so far, all published in the leading model railway magazine Model Railroader.
I also scuba-dive.