February 2017 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:
Mary Lynn Manton I.S.P.
About Mary Lynn:
What is your Background?
Sometimes our parents know best. In the mid-seventies my father thought it would be great for me to go into ‘computers’ and directed me to Ryerson and I’ve never looked back. I fondly and proudly remember carrying around my box of punch cards and being fortunate to have been part of the first graduating class of the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Computer Science. During that time I was fortunate to have a faculty who worked across the street and provided an ‘in’ to the Systems & Data Processing department at Eaton’s where I held a variety of positions from programmer up to middle management. As Eaton’s wound down it was time to consider alternate career opportunities and was hired as faculty at Seneca College. Through my time at Seneca I have held a number of positions such as faculty, program coordinator and now the Chair of the School of Information & Communications Technology. A life-long learner, I have also completed my Master of Education at Nipissing University.
Throughout my career I have been fortunate to have been involved in a variety of outreach opportunities such as Women in Technology, high school and community outreach. I love a challenge and the opportunity to make a difference. Whether providing advice to young people trying to find their way, to volunteering in local sports organizations, I’ve truly enjoyed the fulfillment that comes with these connections. I am not one to say ‘no’ and relish the challenge and satisfaction participating on the committees and special projects I have participated in.
What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?
I am a holder of the Information Systems Professional (I.S.P.) designation. I am also the Chair of the Information Systems Technology Accreditation Council (ISTAC). I am an accreditor as well and participate on teams that accredit college diploma and degree programs. This has given me the opportunity to meet colleagues primarily from across Canada but also from around the world, many of whom share the same passion as I do – an opportunity to make a difference. CIPS has provided a number of opportunities for volunteer involvement including engaging other academics, students, and developing a body of knowledge, to name just a few.
What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?
As an IT professional, we all lead busy lives but we also share a passion for our profession. So much has changed in the field since I first entered into it in the mid-1970’s and so many career opportunities in this field are available. The opportunity to network with other professionals, whether doing accreditation site visits, outreach, or connecting at conferences, provides an incredible professional bond. As an I.S.P. holder I appreciate and respect the code of ethics and standards that I adhere to. As time permits, I never hesitate to encourage young people entering into information technology about the importance of professionalism and the opportunities it can lead to.