Chrissie CAE presentation

The association’s Central Office lost a valuable leader at the end of last month, when Chrissie Hamblin left its employ.
Chrissie joined the AWNA in March 2006 as an accounting administrator and became Controller in January of 2007.  In 2019, assistant Executive Director was added to her title.  Management and the board decided later in the year that members would be better served if the association outsourced its advertising service, given the challenges the industry faced.  This meant resizing the office footprint, and staff reductions followed.
This in no way diminishes Chrissie’s contributions to the association over her 14-year tenure.  Under her leadership, AWNA’s office became the most technologically advanced in the country.  She took a manual accounting system and multiple ad software programs and turned it into a fully integrated system, with web accessible accounting, booking and a searchable digital archive.  The stronger internal controls that resulted from this transformation led to clean audit opinions annually.
She also helped design and implement an employee evaluation program to monitor and measure performance, leading to gains in productivity.  Operations were kept lean, efficient, accountable and transparent under her watch.
Chrissie’s financial leadership and crisis management led the association through a ransomware attack last year, resulting in no delays to workflows.  The system was fully functional within a month’s time.
She became a Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 2012, completing a four-year program of advanced training in association/non-profit operations and management, leadership, member services and strategic planning.
Chrissie is a cancer survivor and remains active in the community doing volunteer work through the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
Please join me in wishing Chrissie well in her future career choices.

Posted by Dennis