P.E.I. Chapter of Professional Secretaries International

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P.E.I. Chapter of Professional Secretaries International

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The National Secretaries Association was founded in Kansas City, Missouri, USA in 1942. The first Canadian division was established in Niagara Falls, Ontario in 1958. In 1981 the name of the organization was changed to Professional Secretaries International. The purpose of the organization was the raise the status of secretaries through programs of education and professional development.

The Prince Edward Island Chapter of Professional Secretaries International was created at a meeting at Holland College in Charlottetown on 21 March 1974. The following temporary officers were appointed: Josette Gilbank (President), Lynda Hanscome (Vice President), Carol Connick (Treasurer), and Sheila Laird (Secretary). The Chapter received its official charter at a special ceremony on 14 September 1974. The members of the first elected executive were: Josette Gilbank (President), Gerry Coll (Vice President), Recording Secretary (Anne Love), June Holmes (Corresponding Secretary), and Carol Connick (Tresurer).

Regular meetings of the PEI Chapter, later referred to as the Charlottetown Chapter, were held in the Charlottetown area on a monthly basis. The Chapter offered preparation courses for members wishing to achieve their Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) rating, as well as professional development sessions on a variety of topics. The Chapter also participated in local career fairs and awarded an annual scholarship to a student entering secretarial training at Holland College. The Chapter dissolved around 1997.


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