Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island Chapter History
The history of the PEI Chapter of fmi actually begins in
Moncton, New Brunswick in 1988. Under the leadership of then
fmi National Executive Director, Pat Nephin, fmi Atlantic received
its charter in 1988. Gary Doucette, who worked at ACOA
(Moncton) at the time, was the founding President. Other founding
leaders included Marilyn MacPherson from Veteran's Affairs (PEI),
Peter Estey from DND (Halifax), Earl Milbury, ACOA (Halifax), and
Kevin Stacey, ACOA (NFLD). Within the next 2 years, the Moncton
Chapter was formed, followed by Fredericton, Newfoundland, Halifax
Joy MacFarlane and Rob Robinson, from Veteran's Affairs, were
founding members of the Charlottetown chapter which was made up of
mostly Federal employees (VAC, ACOA, Public Works etc.). As was the
case with some of the other Atlantic chapters, activities and
membership recruitment were sporadic in the nineties and by 1997
the Charlottetown chapter had become inactive.
Nicole Campeau, fmi*igf
National President, recognizes the work of Al Green, Co-Chair of
PSMW 2004 Charlottetown.
In July 2002, a meeting was held in Charlottetown to discuss the
possibility of reviving the PEI chapter. Thirty two financial
officers attended the meeting which was led by Al Green and Robert
Hamilton of Veterans Affairs Canada. Fred Donaldson, National
Liaison East Director, made a presentation to the group.
Follow-up meetings were held and in January 2003 the PEI Chapter
was re-activated with Robert Hamilton elected as President. Two
months later, Robert was transferred to Ottawa and Derwin Banks
replaced him as Chapter President. Derwin and Al Green attended
PSMW in Victoria in the spring of 2003,where they promoted PSMW
2004 which had been awarded to the PEI chapter.
The first big challenge for the new PEI chapter was hosting PSMW
in May 2004. Co-Chairs for the event were Al Green and Germain
Tremblay. The conference theme was "Links to Success" and keynote
speakers were Sheila Fraser, Auditor General of Canada and Bruce
McNaughton, owner of Island Preserve Company. The conference was a
huge success for the PEI chapter in many ways. Not only did
the conference exceed all expectations in terms of registrants, but
it also initiated the involvement of a number of volunteers from
both the federal and provincial financial community in PEI, many of
whom are still very active in fmi affairs. The financial
success of this event has provided financial stability for the
Chapter over the past eight years.
Since 2004, the fmi PEI has thrived with an average membership
base of 75 to 90. Our membership is approximately 70% federal
employees and 30% provincial employees with most of our federal
members working for Veterans Affairs Canada. Support for the
organization from senior management over the years has included
VAC's ADM of Corporate Services (Keith Hillier and his successors)
and Scott Stevens, Provincial Comptroller.
PEI Chapter event 2005:
Sherry Spence, PEI Chapter's Program Coordinator with
Charles-Antoine St-Jean, Comptroller General of Canada, and Scott
Stevens, Comptroller, Province of Prince Edward Island.
FMI-PEI endeavours to provide four to five professional
development sessions per year as well as periodic networking/social
activities. The challenge has been to organize events that
our members can use in their work and as part of their career
development. Our first PD session of each calendar year is a
presentation by a Provincial Cabinet Minister; other PD session
presenters are a mix of civil servants, professional speakers,
educators etc. A sample of presenters in recent years includes
Christopher Waddell, Bill Mathews and Kevin Page.
FMI-PEI has had a good working relationship with other
professional organizations in PEI and has on occasion partnered
with the Federal Council, the National Managers Community, IPAC and
others to provide PD sessions to the public sector financial
community in PEI. These partnerships have allowed our organizations
to pool resources and increase audience size. One of our more
successful collaborations was a one day workshop on accountability
with guest speakers Sheila Fraser and Stephen Lewis.
The Board of Directors of fmi PEI is currently in the planning
stage of hosting PSMW in 2014 and looks forward to hosting fmi
members from across Canada.
Visit the PEI Chapter's web pages for full details on
events and activities.