IW Article 5 Passing the Torch Communicating the Communications

Daniel Robertson - VP Communications
Posted on: November 24, 2017

Hey everybody, I hope you’re doing well, and ready to tackle exams! For me, it’s about time to sign off as VP Communication and hand the reigns over to Grant Mitchell. It’s been an exciting 8 months on term, and a learning experience to watch Melissa handle things for the first 8 months of our joint executive term.
Over the past 16 months we’ve introduced a delegate selection committee for transparent selection of delegates for conferences, sent out a communications survey to determine how students prefer to receive their information, created communication guidelines, launched our conference website, and now branding guidelines and complete transition documents are being finished up. In addition to that, a revamp plan for the EngSoc website has been created, and will be implemented in the coming months. I’ve had the incredible opportunity to assist with and/or complete these projects myself.
I’m really looking forward to the implementation of the new website in the coming months. The current website is rather hard to navigate unless you know the website inside and out. Even I have troubles finding what I want on the website. But the new website will make commonly searched for items easier to find, and will include a ‘Get involved!’ page. This page will be dedicated to people who are looking for ways to get started within the Engineering Society. The website will also actually work on mobile, so people can check things out without taking out their laptop or finding a computer lab.
I’m also looking forward to having transition documents to be able to give to directors. Directors help us, so I want to help them in return. Many directors do not get a proper transition document, and are left trying to figure things out themselves, or asking the Advertising Commissioner or VP Communications about everything that comes up. My goal is to amalgamate all this information into one document so that the directors under VP Communications know what is expected of them, and what they can expect from their team, the advertising commissioner, and the VP Communications.
The last year has been a whirlwind from exchange in Denmark, to conferences on both coasts (once Congress is over), and getting work done for the society. I’m sad to see my term of VP Comm come to an end, but I know Grant will be a great successor. I can’t wait to see the cool new initiatives the new exec team implements. Hope to see you around!
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