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October CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Jeff Knechtel, I.S.P., ITCP

October 2012 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Jeff Knechtel, I.S.P., ITCP   

Past President, CIPS Toronto

Director, CIPS Ontario

About Jeff: 

What is your Background?

- My undergraduate degree is from the University of Guelph with an unusual specialization combination of Computer Information Science and Drama.

- More recently I took advantage of the Bursary available to CIPS members and received an Executive MBA from the University of Fredericton (which I recommend very highly).

- Over the past two years I've been learning Spanish as a second language (what did people do before immersion lessons with unilingual professors via Skype?) and have been keeping busy raising two young children.

 

What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

- I've been on the Toronto board of directors for the past 8 years, and more recently the Ontario board. 

 

What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

- I've recieved my I.S.P. and ITCP though CIPS, and I wouldn't have an MBA if it weren't for CIPS.  However, it's through volunteering that I've received the most value.

- There's certainly value if you meet someone at an event, but a casual meeting isn't a substitute for the trust that can be built when you work alongside other people in a volunteer capacity.  Through volunteer work, you not only get to know people, but you get to build a level of trust with them that can truly enrich your life.

 

    

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