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November CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Patrick Upson

November 2013 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Patrick Upson

Director, CIPS Nova Scotia

About Patrick: 

What is your Background?

I was born in Nova Scotia and travelled a lot as a youth, living in both Canada and the US. After graduating High School in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia I attended Dalhousie University to obtain my Bachelors of Computer Science. I joined CIPS as a student on the advice of a close family member, who's always given me strong, reliable advice. I started working at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia as a co-op student working for Natural Resources Canada.  I did a later co-op term with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. My knowledge, skill and potential proved to be incentive enough for them to hire me after I graduated. I'm now the Bedford Institutes' web master and an application developer for Fisheries and Oceans.


What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

I eventually decided I wanted to give back, as those I received help from had. I also wanted to step outside my comfort zone and do something different to develop professionally. Hearing the program committee director position on the CIPS NS board was open I decided to give it a shot. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and I've certainly struggled to make the connections needed to do the job successfully, but I've had a lot of help from the board. It's been a pleasure, a great learning experience and I am looking forward to future learning opportunities.


What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

I've learned a lot from my position on the CIPS NS board and feel I've grown immensely as a person, both personally and professionally. I've only been volunteering for CIPS for about a year and a half, but have had great opportunities to make some really solid connections and memorable experiences working with some other very talented volunteers and meeting lots of extremely interesting people. I can't put a value on that kind of experience.

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