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March 2013 CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Thomas Boxall, I.S.P., ITCP


March 2013 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Thomas Boxall, I.S.P., ITCP    

Developer, ISM Canada

 Director, CIPS Saskatchewan

About Thomas: 

What is your Background?

I've been programming since I was 7-8 years old.  My father bought the family an Amiga 500 when I was a child and I fell in love with AmigaBasic and all the possibilities it presented.  I entered the IT Industry in 1999 as a Signal Operator for the Canadian Forces.  This gave me a very raw view of what computers can do in the worst conditions, and seeded the dedicated and professional attitude I have to this day.  While with the Canadian Forces I served one tour in Afghanistan with the Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment (CFJSR).  In 2007 I was hired by ISM Canada, an IBM company, where I've worked as a Developer for the last 6 years.  In 2011 I became the first person in Saskatchewan to receive their ITCP via the application process. My interests include, role-playing games (of which I develop for several companies), mobile development, Open Source development, politics, and I'm a strong supporter of the Canadian Forces.


What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

I first heard about CIPS while in University, but didn't become involved until I joined ISM Canada.  CIPS' desire to promote professionalism in the IT industry resonated with my desire to be an IT Professional.  I started off as the Student Coordinator for CIPS Regina and participated on the CIPS Regina Board until their amalgamation with CIPS Saskatoon to create CIPS Saskatchewan.  I continued to volunteer for CIPS Saskatchewan as a Student Coordinator in Regina.  2 years ago I was voted onto the CIPS Saskatchewan Board of Directors and took up the position as the Southern Saskatchewan Program Director.  Last year the Northern Saskatchewan and Southern Saskatchewan Program Chairs were merged and I became the CIPS Saskatchewan Program Director.  I owe a lot of my success to the hard work of our Executive Director Maria Galati, our partnership agreements with groups like PMI, IIBA, and the Regina Tech Community, and my desire to bring the best content to our members.


What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

I've never really thought what value my involvement with CIPS provided, I always volunteered because I believe in what CIPS stands for, and what we bring to the IT Industry.  I will always work hard to promote professional development to our members, students, and the IT industry. I want to thank CIPS for awarding me as the CIPS Volunteer of the Month.  It has always been a great honour for me to be a part of this great organization, and I try to give back as much as I can.  


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