Today marks the beginning of a new series of blogs that highlight the great people that make up Team PC. Over and over again I’ve emphasized the strength of the PC Party is in its people. These people are energetic, engaged and integral to the evolution that we are experiencing from within the Party.
I’ve started with Pat Godkin, the Executive Director of the PCAA. Why? Well, in my opinion, she is one of our cornerstones. She is the muscle behind the success of events, the mastermind behind new communications initiatives, the face of the PCAA office, and someone who doesn’t get enough credit for all she does.
I watched Pat at the PC AGM and Convention a few weeks back. In a word – WOW! She didn’t stop … and she didn’t stop smiling. She met every potential event hiccup head-on with wisdom and grace. It was incredible to me. Pat went out of her way to connect with as many people as possible. And even took time to encourage me and thank me for my own volunteer work, even though she is the one truly deserving of this Party’s thanks.
She always replies to emails and voicemails. She is engaged with every member who reaches out to her. She is passionate about the PCAA – it shows in the way she talks and in her actions. Her eyes are full of fire – ready for an evolution. She is one of the key individuals ushering in the new era of the PC Party. She encourages everyone to speak up and get engaged. She fits volunteers with roles they will excel at which in turn makes the Party excel.
Pat has a heart for people and a heart for the PCAA.
Bolded below are a series of questions I asked Pat. Her answers are below.
Why did you originally get involved in the Party?
I was always interested in politics, but I gained a new appreciation for our system when I was working in the United Arab Emirates (seven absolute Monarchies) and in Bolivia (where they had almost 200 military coups in about 150 years of independence). I was home on a holiday and the PCAA Executive Director, Marilyn Haley asked me if I would like to help out on a short term basis and I said “Sure!”. That was 13 years ago.
What keeps you involved?
Definitely the people. It’s wonderful to work alongside Premier Stelmach, Caucus and an amazingly diverse group of staff and volunteers. I think we all share the same commitment to ensuring we have the most stable and democratic government in North America. That never gets boring!
Favourite part about your role?
I love events, especially the Premier’s Dinners and the AGM & Convention. After 13 years I still haven’t met everyone! It’s so much fun to finally put a face on someone you have been speaking with for several years on the phone or by email.
Your goal in your role?
To elect 87 PC MLAs in 2012! Hey, it could happen! Also, I want to continue to embrace new ideas and technologies, without leaving anyone behind.
Favourite thing to do on the weekend?
Waking up without an alarm clock. After I roll out of bed I usually do some yoga, meditation and then start reading political blogs. It helps to start off zen 🙂
Favourite thing about politics?
I like feeling part of something bigger than myself. Love being part of the team.
Highlight of AGM?
I thought the President’s Luncheon with the Premier was awesome. People were really engaged and positive. It felt like a love fest for the Premier. It was a great way to kick off the event.
What did you do the day after AGM?
Drove home and packed for Cabo. I highly recommend it. 🙂
Big thanks to Pat for taking time to answer these questions, so honestly and with such enthusiasm.
This is one of the many people that make me proud to be a PC and keep me so excited about the future of the PC Party.