Ignite April May 2017

A fresh resource for people who plan and manage meetings, events, business travel, promotions and incentive programs. Providing you with inspiration, guidance and great ideas.

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April | May 2017 | Ignitemag.ca | 3 MPI Toronto President Sandra Moniz and Vicki Debbie van der Beek Co-Publisher debbie@ignitemag.ca Richard Elliott Co-Publisher richard@ignitemag.ca April | May 2017 | Ignitemag.ca | Debbie van der Beek Co-Publisher debbie@ignitemag.ca just sayin' "Nice job" Two simple words, but ones that can have a huge impact on employee satisfaction, productivity and retention. In a recent Gallup report, "employees who do not feel adequately recognized are twice as likely to say they'll quit in the next year." Of course, we in the meetings and events in- dustry know this to be true: our existence revolves around making people feel appreciated and ac- knowledged, from award presentations and incen- tive trips to milestone gifts and teambuilding. The same report revealed that public recogni- tion or acknowledgment via an award, certificate or commendation and private recognition from a boss, peer or customer were some of the most highly valued types of recognition—compo- nents to consider folding into your program if you don't already. Recently, we had the pleasure of seeing two of Ignite's own recognized for their hard work and dedication and wanted to take this opportunity to double down on the congratulations these two advocates of the industry clearly deserve. When Ignite account manager Vicki Zeppa, CMP, agreed to host the MPI Toronto Chapter's Awards Gala, she didn't know that at the end of the night she would be recognized for her long- time work with the organization with the Presi- dent's Award. "It was a pretty special night, that's for sure! I was just thankful I made it through my gig as the MC without making a fool of myself! The President's Award was truly a huge unex- pected surprise and one I am very thankful for." And our marketing and communications di- rector, Melaya Horsten, CMP, received the Vol- unteer Champion Award and President's Award at the SITE Canada annual general meeting in February. "Our recipient this year brings bounds of enthusiasm and offers creative ideas at every level and on every committee that they have served," said SITE past-president John Crowe when he announced her name." Way to go, Vicki and Melaya! Melaya with John Crowe

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