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May CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Joan Cosford I.S.P. (ret.)

May 2014 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Joan Cosford I.S.P. (ret.) 

Treasurer, CIPS BC

"Joan has been instrumental in building energy and engagement in CIPS Vancouver. At the same time, she has built a financial framework for CIPS BC that enables management accounting as well as solid budgeting and accountability." - David O'Leary I.S.P., ITCP, CIPS BC President

About Joan: 

What is your Background?

My IT career spanned just over 33 years, starting as a computer operator in 1974.  My training included manually wiring circuit boards on an old Burroughs collator to sort 80-column cards... those were the days!  I loved everything about computers and quickly progressed from computer operator to programmer to systems analyst and finally into IT management. Except for three years in Kamloops, my whole career has been in the Vancouver area .  I was very active in the System 34/38 User Group in Vancouver, serving one term as President.  I enjoyed working in small manufacturing companies, municipal governments, IT consulting firms and  finally retired in 2007 after seven years with TELUS.  

 

What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

I joined CIPS in 1990 primarily to network with other IT professionals in the area and keep abreast of emerging technologies and associated management issues.  In 1993, I achieved my I.S.P designation which I proudly used for the remainder of my career.  I actively participated in the CIPS Vancouver program of monthly dinner meetings, and in 2000 finally joined the Board of CIPS-BC.  In 2007, just before retiring, I assumed the position of Treasurer for CIPS-BC – a role that I am in the process of relinquishing after seven very interesting and rewarding years.  During my tenure, we assumed financial management of our Vancouver and Victoria sections and consolidated them under the provincial body (CIPS-BC).  Working with the National office, we devised and implemented a new dues structure for CIPS members in BC. And in 2014 we introduced more financial discipline with the preparation and adoption of our first operational budget.  I also served as Coordinator for two CIPS-BC speaker series events in Vancouver this past spring.

 

What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

CIPS has provided me with the opportunity to interact with a large number of IT professionals working in very diverse industries and roles.  As a person retired from IT, active participation on the CIPS-BC Board has allowed me to maintain a connection with the profession.  I have been able to work as part of a dedicated team actively supporting and helping to promote the importance of ethical standards and certification for IT practitioners  in BC and Canada.  

 

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