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Strategic Planning Session Recap

Strategic Planning Session Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the Strategic Planning session on June 21st. We had 11 volunteers who came to help plan this year’s events and projects. I wanted to re-cap what we discussed for those who were unable to attend.   Volunteer Awards. This was an idea that I got from a former member of…

STC Tech Comm Café

STC Tech Comm Café

STC Tech Comm Café STC Canada West Coast is pleased to bring back the informal coffee meetings after a year-long hiatus! Description We welcome anyone who’s interested in technical communication — contractor, in-house, student, career-changer, or recruiter. We’ll discuss job leads, technical writing tools and techniques, career planning, portfolios, and anything else related to working as…

July 19 – Chapter Council Meeting

July 19 – Chapter Council Meeting

About This Meeting Chapter council meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month. The agenda includes committee and executive business, as well as volunteer and leadership training. Who Should Attend? All chapter members and volunteers, including non-member volunteers, are welcome to attend. This is a great way to get to know and network…

Conducting Informational Interviews

Conducting Informational Interviews

Statistics show that only 20% of all jobs are advertised. Therefore, 80% are filled through referrals, networking and word of mouth. Conducting informational interviews can help you uncover unadvertised positions and build your network. What is an informational interview? It’s an informal meeting where your only objective is to gain information about an industry, company,…

Off and Running

Off and Running

Off and Running is an appropriate title for my first president’s message after the hard work Aaron and the dedicated volunteer team did to re-organize the chapter structure and to execute a fantastic lineup for our professional development series. His changes streamlined our processes and established a solid foundation for the future. We can now…

STC Summit 2014

STC Summit 2014

I wanted to outline my experience at Summit to give others an idea of what it’s like if they have never had a chance to attend. Hopefully it will entice you go one year, although, it’s hoped we can find a way to bring some of the Summit sessions to you in the future! The…

May 28 – Building an LMS in WordPress (CSTD Vancouver Event)

May 28 – Building an LMS in WordPress (CSTD Vancouver Event)

Description Want to develop an eLearning course but not sure where to start? Are you looking for an LMS to provide eLearning content but don’t have the funds to set up or support costly a commercial option? This type of LMS is valuable for consultants and facilitators as well as not-for-profit organizations and Member Associations…

June 21 – Strategic Planning Session

June 21 – Strategic Planning Session

About This Meeting This is the first council meeting of the 2014–2015 program year. In this meeting we will discuss the events and projects for the year. It’s a chance to meet the new executive and help us plan the upcoming year. Who Should Attend? We encourage all chapter members and volunteers, including non-member volunteers,…

Barry Shanko

This month in Spotlights, we are learning about Barry Shanko who started as an electronics technician moving into freelance science and technology writing then into technical writing. His freelance science writing has appeared in publications including space.com, Air and Space Smithsonian magazine and the Vancouver Board of Trade newspaper. As a technical writer, he’s produced…

Five Myths About Technical Writing And Why They Are Wrong

Five Myths About Technical Writing And Why They Are Wrong

Are you considering a career in Technical Communication? Have you told others about your interest in the field? Have you received a blank stare back? Have you heard: “…really? Is that what you want to do?” Let’s take a look at five myths about technical communication, and why they are wrong.   MYTH #1: Technical…

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