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June CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Beverley Gooding I.S.P. (ret.)

June 2016 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Beverley Gooding I.S.P. (ret.) 

Registrar, CIPS Saskatchewan

About Bev: 

What is your Background?

My first IT position was in the late 60’s at Sask Tel in Regina, SK in their “IT department” where I created reports on a machine fed by key tape. I then moved on to the Government of Saskatchewan where I produced cheques on a bookkeeping machine. In 1971, I moved to Thompson Manitoba and was employed at INCO, a nickel mine, as a keypunch operator. I was very fortunate to have great mentors and professional development courses provided which enabled me to move through the ranks and eventually became a Programmer Analyst.

In 1982, I moved to Regina and accepted a position with SGI. I was very nervous moving from a small IT department in a northern semi-isolated community to a much bigger southern city and much bigger IT department. I soon became more comfortable when I learned that IT is the same no matter what type of industry or the size of the workplace. Here I became familiar with many different systems in various IT roles through out the corporation. My tenure at SGI lasted for 32 years. I finally decided to retire in July 2014. 


What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

I started volunteering for CIPS Regina in 1991 when a prominent member of CIPS Regina convinced me I would greatly benefit working with this very interesting organization. I began my CIPS career as a co-Program Director, which entailed obtaining speakers, venues, and managing the details for monthly presentations. I eventually accepted other positions on CIPS Regina such as Vice-President, President, Chair of Spring Seminars, and Regional Director.

At the national level I became a board member on CIPS National as a CIPS Regina representative, and executive board member as Student Director.

On the homefront, I joined the committee to amalgamate CIPS Saskatoon and CIPS Regina into CIPS Saskatchewan. After the new CIPS Saskatchewan was formed, I became the Registrar.
I also assisted on the committee to legislate the I.S.P. designation for CIPS Saskatchewan. 


What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

In 1991, I received my I.S.P. that meant a great deal to me as I have no post-secondary education. It was very exciting to be able to have my experience in the field recognized.

By working with CIPS, I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to develop/enhance skills such as project management, public speaking, working with volunteers, interviewing techniques, assisting others in their roles, learning nuances of dealing with government, interacting with other CIPS sections as well as CIPS National. These were all very beneficial to me personally as well as in my career. Through networking I met many very interesting, knowledgeable and dedicated individuals. One of the best benefits of CIPS is meeting, learning and sharing experiences with other people.

Although I am now retired, I am still enjoying being active in CIPS and being on the CIPS Saskatchewan board.



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