“Any form of celebration feels somewhat out of place during these unprecedented times though I think it very important to acknowledge the contributions you make as a CIPS volunteer to your profession and the Institute. We want to recognise this during Volunteers’ Week.
That you still find time and energy to support CIPS and the profession whilst grappling with your own challenges is a credit to you. The truth is that you have set time aside from your own life, in the interest of others, to keep branches alive with webinars or advice for others whilst responding to new and incredibly problematic challenges in navigating the effects of the pandemic. But by sharing your knowledge and experience, and your successes, your peers are also being supported in addressing the challenges of their own.
You provide an important link to CIPS. You are the eyes and ears of the community and we are delighted to be able to showcase a few of you to thank you for the work that you do. We send thanks to all of you and wanted you to know of our appreciation for everyone’s contribution, large and small.
And some of the contributions have been deeply inspiring such as our professionals working to manage stock in support of local hospitals, helping resolve the PPE challenges and many other efforts. These and other ‘procurement heroes’ are featured on the coronavirus page on the CIPS website so I would urge you to take a look. These professionals have gone above and beyond to respond with agility and creativity to minimise supply chain disruptions during the biggest global challenges in many generations.
So, please continue to talk and support each other through your branches, LinkedIn groups such as the CIPS Global Volunteers group and CIPS Exchange and Connect, not only sharing your own experience and developing networks but contributing to the best profession in the world.
As a volunteer, you are one of the driving forces behind the Institute, and in keeping the profession alive and refreshed with new ideas and dynamism. May your continuing volunteering journey with CIPS be a long and happy one. Stay safe.”
Malcolm Harrison FCIPS