Terri-Jane Yuzda

Professional Development
Manager Joins
Association Team

A woman with a varied background in education, human resources and communications has joined APEGGA's staff as the new Manager of Professional Development. Nancy Toth, who was most recently resource development manager for an environmental testing company, is responsible for managing and promoting the PD programs APEGGA offers to members.

Ms. Toth has taught at the high school, college and university levels, and has a strong background in curriculum development. As a training specialist, she also has experience in conference planning and expertise in the design of needs assessments and effectiveness evaluations. She has a master of arts degree in English, a bachelor of arts in English and psychology, and a diploma in education with a major in counselling. Since 1991, Ms. Toth has also held the Canadian Human Resources Professional, or CHRP, designation.

"I have a strong commitment to continuous learning in my own life," said Ms. Toth. "I really believe in its importance, and I'm excited about helping provide opportunities for others to pursue their professional development goals."

She's been on a new learning curve of her own, since starting at APEGGA July 28. "My challenge is to learn as quickly as possible the professional development needs of the membership. It's a new field for me and I have lots to learn. I find that very exciting."

Ms. Toth will report to Internal Affairs Director Len Shrimpton, P.Eng. He said: "Nancy's background is impressive and APEGGA is fortunate to be able to have a person of her calibre join the team."

The new manager is a former member of the staff education advisory boards for both NAIT and Grant MacEwan Community College. Among her past work positions are manager of curriculum and staff development for Alberta Treasury Branches, and director of education and research for an extended care hospital district.

Writing has often been in her job description. One of her major achievements was the scripting and production of 20 corporate training videos.

Clear communication is important in any position, she says. "If you're not communicating clearly, what you're asking for won't happen."

A published writer, Ms. Toth also has a strong interest in all of the arts, particularly music. Not surprisingly, she enjoys reading, and for a number of years she wrote book reviews for the Edmonton Journal.


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