Rosemary Pahl, the author of the Departing Details Workbook, received an award for organizing the “Best Personal Development Event” in the Canadian Region for the Young Presidents Organization.
The event was held twice, once in Calgary and once in Edmonton in June 2017, and focused on encouraging the audience of Alberta business people to plan ahead and get their personal affairs in order. The sessions included four components:
- The keynote was an expert Medical Doctor whose presented his research findings, patient care studies and insights into topics such as advance care directives, organ donation, and legal assisted death.
- Each attendee or couple received a copy of Departing Details Workbook and advice for completing it.
- The events were held at the premises of a local funeral provider who gave behind the scenes tours and answered those hard-to-ask, awkward questions.
- The event concluded with informal discussions over dinner.
The event was judged in comparison to events held by 16 chapters across Canada between July 2016 and June 2017, and based on criteria including resources, content, innovation, take home value, engagement, and encouragement of the audience to step outside of their comfort zone.
Winning the award was extremely rewarding, but even more rewarding is continuing to hear feedback from the attendees about their progress in completing the workbook and how it has impacted their decision making.