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Hello Everyone,

Thrilled. Excited. Proud.

Three words that are apt to describe my emotions about the Gold Quill awards and the 11 winners in Australia. Congratulations to all of you.

And I am particularly pleased that Victoria has done so well this year with seven winners across a number of categories. I do believe that is the highest number in recent times and shows that our local communications practitioners are amongst the world best.

IABC Victoria will be celebrating and showcasing our local talent at our Annual Cocktail Gala on Wednesday 21 May. These professionals will be recognised with the Bronze Quill awards on the night and we will also hear from Squadron Leader Steve Baker, from the Royal Australian Air Force Aerobatics ‘Roulettes’ – an outstanding leader in his field with a strong passion for communication. I hope you can join us for what will be special evening for communicators.

The Gold Quills will be presented at the Awards Gala dinner at the upcoming IABC World Conference in Toronto 8-11 June. I am quite excited that I will be there in person to collect an award as well as chairing the marketing track/stream. The World Conference brings together more than 1,000 communication professionals to learn and connect. This year is a bit different to previous conferences in the diversity of presentation formats. In addition to the traditional formats like panels and debates, we will also have IABC Talks (similar to the TED format) and Pecha Kucha sessions.

Earlier this month we ran the informal ‘Meet the Journalists’ – free for members and a nominal cost for non-members – which was well received. Our thanks to the enthusiastic journalists who participated on our panel. You’ll find a wrap of the event in this edition.

Over the past two years, I’ve spoken with many practitioners about the IABC and how we can deliver more value at a local level. Members are seeking professional development, career opportunities, platforms to share and exchange ideas, connection and access to professional networks and thought leading content. With this in mind, we are including content from our members and professional partners where it meets these needs. And this month we are pleased to have one of our profession’s most senior leaders, Paul Edwards, Group General Manager Corporate Communications at ANZ, writing about the changing role of the communicator.

Don’t forget we also have two discount offers available for professional development events in May.  Anecdote is offering 15% off the registration rates for IABC members to their upcoming ‘Storytelling for Leaders’ full-day workshops in Sydney and Melbourne (please contact me directly for the discount code). Also there is a 10% discount off the registration fee to the Corporate Affairs Summit (CAS) in Sydney on 27 and 28 May. This is available to IABC members and friends with the promotional code ASO10. The CAS team have just announced that Kim Williams will headline the event, talking about ‘the age of media transparency’.

Finally, on a personal note I’d like to express my gratitude to Merita Tabain at Victoria Police for the opportunity to lead the strategy and implementation on the Gold Quill winning PSO recruitment campaign “Are You Ready to Stand Out?” It was a pleasure to work with the dedicated professionals at Victoria Police, the Department of Justice, the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Mitchell and Partners, Fenton Stephens, Sweeney Research and Think Nimble to make the campaign the success that it has been.

Look forward to seeing you at the Awards Cocktail Gala at the Mon Bijou on the 21st of May.