President's Message
Ranjini Cassup



Change is hard.

2020 has forced us to look at things with an entirely new lens, we have been forced to adapt, we have been forced to think differently. Together, we have turned social norms on their heads, we have adapted to new ways of working, shopping, exercising and socializing. We have, unwittingly, embraced change and created new norms.

Change is inevitable.

As we embrace a new year at PMI-DHC with a new Board of Directors, we know that we will be faced with challenges. As a Board we will be forced to depend less on ‘the way things have been done in the past’ and look forward to the possibilities of how things can be done in the future.

We will need to embrace the spirit of our DHC Community in order to bring content and activities that are meaningful to you, while delivering the professional knowledge that is needed to grow and expand our mindsets as a professional body.

Our new ‘normal’ means embracing change, fearlessly with our arms wide open. We must adapt new ways to gather, communicate, network and learn. We must dare to be different, to try new things and be open to things not always going as planned (I like to call these Learning Opportunities).

As Project Managers we know that change is the only constant in our worlds. We are resilient. We are strong and we are in this together.

I am excited to be back as your Chapter President and lead this wonderful team over the coming year!

With a deep-rooted focus on our Mission, Vision and Values we will find new and exciting ways to engage our members, to bring valuable opportunities for continuous learning, to connect people and to share our experiences through unique networking opportunities.

I look forward to serving you, our members, over the coming term and look forward to a fresh new year ahead!

Change... is an opportunity. Let us embrace it together!



Creating Our New Normal

SEPTEMBER 2020. A lot has changed in the world since our last update in May. Seemingly, COVID-19 has changed everything. We offer you our deepest and sincerest condolences for our members that have suffered through the loss of a family member during this time. 

For those who have been laid-off or let go and are looking to re-enter the workforce, we are committed to providing opportunities through volunteering, job boards, networking and workshops. This year will be unique as we strive to bring relevant topics and stay connected with you, our members. We recognize the need to do more, with less. We understand that 'virtual fatigue' is a thing, and we are making every effort to ensure our sessions are engaging and interactive. For the time being, we will remain virtual and re-evaluate as things progress in the fall. 

Our September meeting will focus on getting noticed and staying connected (really connected) virtually. (Networking has never been more important!). The PMP Prep Course offering will continue to be virtual, and we are looking at innovative ways to connect and network online for CLIC later in the fall.

I look forward to seeing and speaking with you as we journey down this path of creating our 'new normal.' 



Change, Reflection, and Thanksgiving

OCTOBER 2020. grat·i·tude—The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness—it is the season of change; of slowing down, reflection and giving thanks.

Even though we may forget from time-to-time about how much we have, this is the season to sit back to reflect and be grateful. Our communities have been stretched to the limits as so many families struggle to meet day-to-day needs and grapple with decisions that they would not have given a second thought to a few months ago.

As I reflect on these past few months, I am grateful for family, for good friends, for a job that allows me to be productive and contribute in a meaningful way. I am thankful for the opportunity to give back, learn and lead exceptional teams!

This month's monthly meeting will focus on Servant-Leadership. In my journey, I have learned that If you want to be a servant leader, it starts with self-awareness, which begins with understanding your heart.

I encourage each of you to take some time and examine your heart this month. What gives you joy? From where do you find peace? How are you contributing to a better tomorrow?

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend and I look forward to seeing you at this month's meeting.

Until then, be safe!



The Jar of Life

NOVEMBER 2020. We have all heard the story of the jar of life—this simple message reminds us to fill our ‘jar’ with our big rocks first before adding the sand and water. It is a lovely and uplifting analogy, but who really has time to pay attention? 

I have been thinking about my own ‘big rocks’ over the last few weeks. There have been many changes over the last month—organizational changes at work, at PMI, and at home, and they include my family, my friends, my career, and my social activities (which includes volunteering). As I wrote my list, I realized that I was missing one huge rock! Where was ‘I’? ‘I’ was missing! 

I determined that I needed to re-evaluate and adjust where I am spending my time and where I am giving my attention. ‘I’ need to go into the jar first, ‘I’ need to be the biggest rock! My physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being need to be my priority, it is the only way I can continue to give my time and attention to other people and things in a meaningful way.

So many of us are entrepreneurs, leaders in our organizations and in our homes. We use our time as currency to ‘pay’ attention to the things that matter to us. The realization that time is not limitless and can not be earned or replaced like money has become shockingly real over these past few months. 

I read an excellent article that highlighted agility and resilience in today’s corporate leadership environment. It highlighted that people are the reason that businesses succeed and that a team of well-balanced people can and will perform at extremely high levels and still have gas in the tank for more!

Learning lesson for me: highly successful people lead well balanced lives! Long hours, burn-out, and doing it all are no longer a badge of honour to be worn. They are remnants of a system that is broken.

This pandemic has taught us many lessons, the biggest one for me has been that my time is valuable and cannot be replaced. Health, family and doing things that matter and bring joy are slowly taking priority once again. 

This month I challenge you to pull out the pen and paper and make a good old fashion list!

  • What are your big rocks?
  • Where are you spending your time? 
  • Are you happy? or do you need to make a few adjustments?
  • Can you truly afford not to make changes?

Your health and wellness matter. Take a moment this month to appreciate the sun and the clean crisp air.

Balanced Jar of Life

I look forward to seeing you at our next monthly meeting. Dan Trommater will be sharing with us on how to CHALLENGE ASSUMPTIONS AND EMBRACE THE GROWTH MINDSET. 

Until then take care and be safe!