Membership to the STC and to the Canada West Coast chapter keeps technical communicators in touch with the large community of professionals both here in British Columbia and around the globe. It helps communications professionals like us become more valuable in our places of work and aids in pushing our careers forward.
There are both local and international benefits to belonging to STC Canada West Coast.
Local benefits of being a member of the Canada West Coast chapter include the following:
50% discount** to bi-monthly chapter meetings, which bring you in touch with experts in their fields. Non-STC members are welcome at these meetings, but admission discounts apply to STC members only. **75% discount to students and unemployed chapter members, 25% for non-chapter STC members.
Discounts to chapter workshops, which enhance your professional development.
Networking opportunities are available whenever STC members meet.
Access to Coast Lines articles. Coast Lines, our chapter newsletter, is published 5 times a year.
35% off O'Reilly Technical books and upcoming seminars. Chapter members should contact membership at firstname.lastname@example.org and give their STC membership number to receive the discount ordering code.
30% off PeachPit Press books. Chapter members should contact membership at membership at stcwestcoast.ca and give their STC membership number to receive the discount ordering code. Note that this is a U.S. site, so orders are subject to duty.
Local special interest group events (Contractors Group)
E-mail notices about chapter activities and other events of interest to technical communicators.
Free access to the STC Canada West Coast Job Bank . ($50 for STC members who do not belong to the Canada West Coast chapter.)
Free posting privileges to the STC Canada West Coast Contractors Directory. ($50 for STC members who do not belong to the Canada West Coast chapter.) The Contractors Directory is a searchable online directory where members can promote their services. Browsing the directory is a free service, available to anyone seeking a technical communications professional for their project.
International benefits of membership include the following:
Access to Society-level special interest groups, which facilitate the exchange of information and expertise with technical communicators worldwide.
Discounts to Society professional development telephone seminars.
Discounts to the international and regional conferences, which provide excellent opportunities for professional development, education and networking with both the leaders of the field and other communicators working in all levels of the industry. Proceedings of past conferences are a valuable source of information.
Competitions, which are held and judged not only locally, but also internationally, recognize excellence in the technical communication industry.
Discounts on entry fees to monthly meetings and other activities are offered to members.
Subscription to the quarterly STC Technical Communication journal, which brings members the latest news of trends and technology.
Subscription to Intercom, the STC's magazine, which provides practical examples and applications of technical communication. Access to archived issues is available.
Access to the International Career Center, which includes an international jobs database. Members can also post their resume either confidentially or with their names listed for potential employers to read.
Access to the international online STC membership directory.
Access to salary surveys information for Canada and the USA.
There are tangible benefits for employers as well. See STC Can Help.
Visit the international STC web site for more information about the benefits of membership.