NEWSLETTER - June 2021
Thanks for joining us on our journey to grow PACDA into the premier organization for career practitioners and educators in Pennsylvania and beyond. You may be interested in how this idea became reality.
The seed for PACDA was planted at a strategic planning meeting of an independent local organization that no longer exists. ACP (the Association of Career Professionals) volunteers who provided the original ideas and support and who currently hold PACDA leadership roles are: Beth Wilson, Debra Franke, Stephanie Welder, Betty Hirsch, and Dave Novick.
Creating a non-profit organization from scratch was no easy feat. Pamela Harris, a career counselor from Pittsburgh whom I’d befriended at an NCDA conference, partnered with me to set up the financial and legal necessities to form a new 501(c)(3) organization. PACDA’s organizing committee expanded to include Rachel Minard from Bradford PA, Diandra Prescod from State College PA, and later Beth Wilson and Linda Hollenback from the eastern part of the state. Essential technology support was skillfully provided by Debra Franke.
PACDA was chartered in June 2019 and the following year won from NCDA an “Outstanding State Division” award. Our members receive discounts or other benefits from several partnered organizations, including L&D Philly, Pennsylvania School Counselors Association, and NCDA’s state divisions in New Jersey, and Maryland.
We remain greatly appreciative of the NCDA support we received along the way. State divisions encourage NCDA membership, which is independent of the state CDA membership. State division members do get certain benefits from NCDA, for example you can subscribe for free to the NCDA "Career Convergence" newsletter.
While creating and growing PACDA, we are striving to live by our values of geographic, demographic, and professional diversity. We aim for a diversity of input and perspectives on our leadership team, represented in our membership, and reflected in our decisions and programming. We believe that “walking the talk” of our belonging and inclusion values will enrich each of us professionally and personally, while offering PACDA as a role model and influencer.
We are moving into the future with PACDA’s newest volunteers: Gary Hines, Amber Pleasants, Jennifer Jones, Colleen Paulson and April Higgins. They have joined the leadership team of friendly, high performing and committed committee chairs and members.
Lastly, and significantly, I’d like to introduce you to PACDA’s President-Elect Safiya Edwards - whom you surely know from the superb programming she has been responsible for as Program Committee Co-Chair. Safiya will transition into the President role in July.
Founder and President, PACDA
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