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Great Start to the Year for Global FM
Global FM, the Brussels-based Global Facilities Management Association, says that 2012 has started with a bang and that as well as a number of new projects planned for the year, it has exciting news to share.
The first piece of news is the announcement that the Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ) is the latest organisation to join Global FM. Established three years ago, the Association already has 400 members located around the three main commercial centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Says Val Moraes, Chair of FMANZ: "FMANZ has been very grateful for the support it has received from IFMA, FMA Australia and BIFM in its early years, and is excited now to be joining Global FM, membership of which will enable FMANZ to participate freely with the worldwide community of facilities management organisations."
FMANZ is holding its inaugural conference, the New Zealand FM Summit 2012, on 22nd and 23rd May 2012 in Auckland. The conference will focus on 'FM Aiding Growth and Stability Amidst Uncertainty' and FMANZ expects more than 200 delegates and trade exhibitors at the Eden Park Conference Centre, which staged the recent Rugby World Cup final, in which New Zealand itself reigned supreme.
Further news covers Global FM's events and activities for 2012. Three Taskforces have been
created to work on the projects World FM Day, Global FM Awards for Excellence in FM and the International Workshops.
World FM Day - the fourth such event - will take place on 28th June this year. Its theme will be 'celebrating success'. All promotional activities will start in the coming weeks and Global FM will endeavour to involve as many FM professionals as possible to share their latest achievements and successes and turn it to a great global celebration.
In two months' time, Global FM will open a call for submissions for the 2012 edition of the Global FM Awards for Excellence in Facilities Management.
In addition to World FM Day and the Awards, Global FM is planning to present a series of International Workshops dedicated to the theme: 'The New Economy, the Right Time and
the Right Place for FM', in six different countries.
The first International Workshop will take place in Dubai, UAE, on 12th March. It will be followed by Paris, France, on 5th April; Canberra, Australia, on 17th May; London, UK, on 18th June; Brazil on 22nd October and Texas, USA, between 31st October and 2nd November (date to be confirmed).
Global FM membership will also gather in Canberra, Australia on 15th and 16th May for internal
meetings, including the Annual General Meeting of the Association. These meetings will take place
right before Ideaction, FMA Australia's annual conference and exhibition.
The major items on the agenda include the endorsement of the Strategic Plan 2012-2015 and the launch of the new website. Global FM just started the revamping process of its current website to provide the Association with the right tools to communicate properly to both membership and general society the advancement of the FM profession.
Teena Shouse, Global FM Chair, is very excited about what lies ahead for the organisation: "Indeed, we have much to be enthused about this year. The foundation of Global FM grows stronger as we continue our journey of building a useful and sharing network of like-minded FM professionals," she says. "This year it will take a new commitment from each of us to continue to share what knowledge and resources we have with others as we fulfil our mission of growing the FM profession and highlighting the value we bring to the built environment."
Global FM is an international not-for-profit organisation based in Brussels, Belgium. It represents a worldwide community of organisations that provide leadership in facilities management. Global FM's vision is to achieve global recognition of facilities management profession and its mission is to promote the strategic value and progress of the facilities management profession by leveraging the Global FM member associations' strength, knowledge and experience.
8th March 2012