STS – 2015 June – President’s Message
Because YOU Believe!
The 2015 ‘Because We Believe President’s Tour’ has come to an end. And I have to say … I’m a little sad. Over the last 5 months I have had the opportunity to visit with my CAPS family from the east to the west and I am both a better leader and a better person because of those opportunities.
Having already visited six unBelievable chapters - Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal – I set out in March to finish the tour and I have continued to be amazed by the incredible contributions that our members and in particular, our chapter leaders, make to continuing the CAPS legacy – Because They Believe.
My March visit was with Nelson Cabral, Mark Black CSP and the unstoppable gang at CAPS Atlantic. With both an evening event and a morning workshop there was plenty of Learning, Sharing, Growing and of course, Belonging. Joel Sweeney even attended the meeting via Skype – Because he Believes! And, of course, with our incredible convention chairs Ravi Tangri CSP and Halina St. James in attendance, there was great excitement about the national convention coming to Halifax from December 5 – 7, 2015. Did someone say SOCIABLE?
Because THEY Believe, Greg Schinkel CSP, Laurie Hawkins and the amazing CAPS SWO team invited me to their members only round table meeting where there was an abundance of business building tips and techniques shared with all. The CAPS generosity of spirit was definitely in full force! And the ideas continued to fly as we headed into an amazing evening event followed by more Brainstorming at the Bar. (Hey… that’s a catchy title. I might have to use that.)
Jeanne Martinson, Duane Janiskevich and Arlene Jorgenson had a full house for their CAPS Saskatchewan workshop - Because THEY Believe. The attendees were a perfect balance of new, senior and potential CAPS members which made for a great day. A special thank you goes out to Patricia Katz, HoF and her husband David (the master chef) for welcoming me into their beautiful home. What a treat.
And last but not least, the wonderful folks at CAPS Manitoba hosted an evening dinner event – free to members as a thank you for renewing their CAPS membership – Because They Believe. Great to see two national board members – Stephanie Staples CSP and incoming CAPS President Deri Latimer CSP along with many other new friends and old. The sun may not have been shining outside but Dianne McCoy, Rolande Kirouac and the CAPS Manitoba team made sure that there was a lot of warm CAPS lovin’ going on at the Winter Club on May 28!
At each of the chapters, I continued to meet with their local leadership to share ideas and insights that can inspire us all to Step up, Speak up, Sign up and Show up.
It has been a magical few months. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of my chapter visits – and a special thank you to Infusionsoft for sponsoring this year’s President’s tour.
I have been grateful for the opportunity to be part of a movement to share our CAPS story, grow our CAPS family, and strengthen our CAPS community.
Because I believe in the future of our industry.
Because I believe in CAPS.
And most of all, Because I Believe in You.
What will you do this quarter Because You Believe?
Toni Newman, HoF
CAPS 2015 National President