Vancouver, BC

Communications Officer

Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists - BC Branch

This position is appointed by the President and the Communications officer acts as a non-voting member of the BC Branch Executive.

It is the responsibility of the Communications Officer to coordinate all BC-Branch-related communications with the membership.

The Communications Officer will ensure that appropriate information is disseminated in a timely, convenient, concise, appropriate, uniform and coordinated fashion so that it of maximal use to our members.

The Communications Officer will:

  • Assume responsibility for the “Terms of Reference”.
  • Manage the E-nouncement Service.
  • Liaise with CSHP National to manage the CSHP-BC Branch Website.
  • Co-ordinate the production and distribution of the Branch Newsletter.
  • Maintain the BC Branch gmail account.
  • Assist the incoming Communications Officer, with respect to responsibilities, when the term of office is completed.

Duties of the Communications Officer

  • Attend Branch Council meetings.
  • Liaise with CSHP National to maintain the Branch Website – (eg. updates, contracts/charges). The Communications Officer may terminate services with the Webmaster at his/her discretion. (See notes)
  • Publish the quarterly Branch Newsletter. (See notes)
    • Annually at the 1st meeting of the new Branch Council, prepare a newsletter schedule date with deadlines for submission and distribution.
    • Solicit and edit contributions to the Branch Newsletter from the Branch Council members, CPBC rep. and the membership. Maintain a checklist of topics and members to contact for newsletter inclusions arranged by month.
    • Make Newsletter available on the Branch website.
  • Maintain the E-nouncement service. (See notes)
    • Work with Membership Chairperson to keep the e-mail list up to date.
    • Send out E-nouncements in a timely manner.
    • Send out E-nouncements with the listserve address in the BCC box.
  • Ensure all bills and invoices, for charges incurred through Branch publications/website are forwarded to the Treasurer for payment.
  • Ensure that his/her personal computer is equipped with the necessary software i.e. the most recent antiviral software, web design software (ex. Microsoft Frontpage), newsletter design software, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Send out a call for resolutions at least 90 days prior to the AGM which must include the closing date for submission of resolutions to be presented at the current year’s AGM. Resolutions will be accepted from voting members of CSHP only and are to be submitted in writing to the President of CSHP BC Branch at least 45 days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
  • Send out a call for nominations for CSHP BC Branch Executive Council at least 45 days prior to the AGM. In addition, nominations will also be accepted from the floor during the Annual General Meeting.


  • Branch Website
    • The Website should be the primary warehouse for ALL Branch information.
    • The Website should be current at all times.
    • The following sections should be included on the Website:
      • For all members (public):
        • Continuing Education Event Information/Registration
        • Branch Highlights, Business and News
        • Executive Council Contact Information and the Branch Manual
        • Chapters Information
        • Official Branch Publications
        • Awards Information
        • Membership Information
        • Related Pharmacy Links
      • For Executive Council ONLY (password protected)
        • Executive Private Phone/Address List
        • Council Meeting Minutes
        • Other relevant information
  • Branch Newsletter
    • The standard schedule for the printing and mailing of the “Branch Newsletter” is four times per year: Winter (Dec), Spring (Apr), Summer (June), Fall (Oct).
    • Deadlines for the submission dates for newsletter material should be 2 weeks prior to the mailing deadline.
    • The Branch Newsletter will be:
      • sent to all BC Branch CSHP members
      • posted on the BC Branch Website
    • The general content of each Branch Newsletter may include the President’s message, awards announcements, National Delegate CSHP reports, annual meeting highlights, continuing education events list, recognition of drug company sponsorship, and College of Pharmacists Representative’s Report, Council membership.
  • Branch E-nouncement Service Note
    • The E-nouncement Service is available for CSHP-BC Branch members only.
    • E-mail addresses of members are confidential and shall not be sold or distributed.
    • E-mail addresses are obtained when members sign up for the E-nouncement service. As such, these e-mail addresses shall be used only for the E-nouncement Service.
    • Appropriate content for the E-nouncement service includes the following:
      • CSHP-BC Branch Business
      • CSHP-BC Branch Continuing Education Events
      • CSHP National Conferences/Events
      • Other information upon approval of BC-Branch Branch Council
  • Banff Conference
    • Assist with advertising for the event.