Lana Collins, ABC, MC
Lana has built a diverse communications career over the past 30 years. Having worked for many great employers, she has vast experience and expertise in the field of communications and has left no wall unturned.
Currently, Lana is Team Leader on the Corporate Communications and Public Education Team, Communications Branch, Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
"It is an honor to work in an industry that is an important part of the NL cultural and economic fabric," said Lana. "When I first started there two years ago, each day, my daughter would ask what fish I learned about . The first day it was sharks, then came cod, crab, seal, salmon, lump fish and the list goes on and on! We also learn about oceans and the work of the Canadian Coast Guard; it's a very cool opportunity!"
Lana has been a member of IABC NL since 1990 and was one of the first members of chapter. She holds the Master Communicator designation, which is IABC’s highest honour in Canada, and also is an Accredited Business Communicator. Lana has served in many roles on the local chapter's board, including President in 1995-1996. She has also served on the Canada East Region Board and has held several international appointments including:
- Track Chair, World Conference (2014);
- Member, IABC Audit Committee (2011-12);
- Member of the Council of Regions (2012); and
- Member, International Accreditation Council (2005-2007).
Lana presently holds the role of Director of Professional Development with the Canada East Region Board.
So what keeps Lana so involved with IABC NL?
"I feel it’s my duty to support the local chapter and to help mentor new professionals in the field. I enjoy when I attend an event and there are more new faces there than old. Now, it’s great to see those seasoned communicators too!," says Lana.
Even with her commitment to work and IABC, Lana still finds time to volunteer in her community. She sings in three local choirs, and is the chair of the board of the Philharmonic Choir of the NSO.
Since her children, Michael and Lauren, are officially finished with minor hockey, she is also a retired as a hockey mom – although she still loves hockey, especially during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
In her off time, you can find Lana at her second home on the Eastport Peninsula, where she can indulge in some of her favourite activities - knitting, crocheting, red wine and desserts!