e-Brief January 5, 2021
 

A Happy New Year to all our members! I hope that you were all able to have a restful holiday.  2021 promises to be another challenging year, however I know that it will also be a successful one for you and your communities.  I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with a brief note to let you know to watch for more details during the month of January on the following programs and services:
  • As part of our ongoing commitment to our members we are pleased to introduce the CAMA 50th Anniversary Professional Development Series for 2021. This new program will be comprised of various webinars that are coordinated for the CAO/City Manager, senior managers and their employees.   Along with our own webinar series, CAMA Partner companies will be providing educational and informative learning opportunities that showcase innovative services and products relevant to municipal management.   Free of charge to all CAMA members this will be a wonderful way to provide an eclectic selection of resources to all your employees. 
  • Membership Renewals. You will be receiving your membership renewal for the April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 fiscal year by e-mail in the next two weeks.  The deadline for payment is March 31, 2021 and you can do so by renewing it on line and paying by Visa or Mastercard, doing a direct deposit, or sending a cheque to the CAMA National Office.
  • Membership Promotion to Staff and Colleagues. CAMA also offers 50% off our already great value membership fees for the first year and are based on the population for the Primary Member and are currently just $145.00 for any additional members in your municipality. Think of which neighbouring local government leaders would benefit from access to CAMA`s resources or who in your organization is ready for leadership development. They can click here for the on-line registration link!  
  • ICMA Membership. CAMA also enjoys a close working relationship with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and through our affiliation agreement, CAMA members can join ICMA at a substantially reduced rate of $135 (US dollars) per person, an average savings of $800. Go directly to the International Application form to sign up now.
  • 2021 CAMA Awards of Excellence. The call for nominations and on-line registration forms for CAMA’s Awards of Excellence are available now with the deadline being February 19, 2021. Details can be found on the website. This year’s ceremony will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 11th at 2:00 p.m. EST.
  • Long Service Recognition Awards. CAMA's Long Service Recognition Awards Program recognizes and celebrates CAMA members’ dedication to public service and municipal management.  These awards are based on the number of years of full-time, paid employment in municipal government in a management capacity (a Chief Administrative Officer or reporting directly to a Chief Administrative Officer).  They are granted at ten years and given in five year increments and presented each Spring.  The 10 and 15 year awards are mailed and the 20+ year awards are presented at the Annual Conference.   How do you know if you are to receive an award? Staff will be generating a list of members whose records indicate that they will be eligible for service awards this year.   You will be contacted in late January/early February if you are receiving an award.
  • CAMA Honourary for Life Membership. The Honorary Life Membership in CAMA is an honour presented to long serving CAMA members who have made an extraordinary contribution to the field of municipal administration and to the work of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA).   This award will be presented during the Virtual Awards of Excellence Celebration on May 11th at 2:00 p.m. EST.  The nomination forms are available now on the website with a deadline of February 19th, 2021.
If you have any questions on any of the above-noted programs and services, please contact Ms. Jennifer Goodine, CAMA Executive Director at 1-866-771-2262 or admin@camacam.ca

On behalf of my fellow Board members and staff, I wish you and your family a Prosperous New Year 2021 and we look forward to seeing you virtually throughout the year.

We hope that you will continue to support our Association and the municipal profession and find value in your membership with our free virtual opportunities this year for you and your staff.

Jake Rudolph
CAMA President

 
CAMA 50th Anniversary Professional Development Series - FREE Webinars
As part of our ongoing commitment to our members we are pleased to introduce the CAMA 50th Anniversary Professional Development Series for 2021. This new program will be comprised of various webinars that are coordinated for the CAO/City Manager, senior managers and their employees.   Along with our own webinar series, CAMA Partner companies will be providing educational and informative learning opportunities that showcase innovative services and products relevant to municipal management.   Free of charge to all CAMA members this will be a wonderful way to provide an eclectic selection of resources to all your employees.   See the January professional development opportunities below.

 
Webinar: Mental Health and Addictions in the Workplace and PTSD – In the Unlikely Event - Police Chief Roger Brown
Roger Brown has a storied and impressive career in policing, with almost four decades of experience. After a brief retirement, Chief Brown currently serves at the helm of the Fredericton Police Force. Chief Brown previously held rank of Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP in New Brunswick, and it was during that time that he had to deal with several major issues, including the shale gas protests near Rexton, the murders of three members of the Codiac detachment in Moncton, and the public PTSD struggles and suicide of a member. Chief Brown took the reins at Fredericton Police almost a year after that department lost two officers in a tragic shooting. Chief Brown now speaks around the country about mental health issues: seeking psychological help, PTSD, and the stigma around mental illness. He shares his own story in the hopes of empowering others to seek help, and to help others.


Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST
Who Can Attend This Webinar?:  CAMA Members and Their Employees.  Non-Members are also welcome to attend.
Who Will Benefit from this Webinar?  CAOs and Senior Management
Registration Cost: FREE but registration is required using the link below.
Link to Register

 
Webinar Hosted by Microsoft: Work Unplugged | Meeting Employees Where They Already Are
 

Municipalities are the heart beat of this country, its employees the rhythm, so how do you make sure that the rhythm stays on track? That you keep people up to date working on various complex projects and ensure that employees are informed and able to do their best work? Microsoft Teams has millions of daily active users worldwide! In an organization where its challenging to disseminate important information and keep employees up to date with the view from the top, Microsoft Teams can help. With app templates available and SharePoint within Teams employees can stay fully informed through a curated experience that offers up to date information on health, well-being, inclusion, benefits and notes from leadership. Tune into this webinar to learn more from Microsoft Canada on Microsoft Teams platform capabilities for municipalities and governments.

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Who Can Attend This Webinar?  CAMA Members and Their Employees.  Non-Members are also welcome.
Who Will Benefit from This Webinar?  All Government Industry Professionals.
Registration CostFREE but registration is required using the link below.
Link to Register
: https://mktoevents.com/Microsoft+Event/228734/157-GQE-382
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