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
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.