Archive for the ‘Skills and Learning’ Category

Free Virtual Conference on HR Stategy and Execution

February 16, 2012 Leave a comment

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More students with differing abilities attending college

January 2, 2012 Leave a comment

This is good news as education becomes more accessible with sincere intentions to meet students’ individual need. More students with disabilities heading to college

Your Company’s AODA Implementation – Welcoming people with disabilities and service animals into your business

Worrying about implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities act?

Over the next year I will offer information useful for employers, HR professionals, office managers, and all employees.


Welcoming people with disabilities and service animals into your business

Education Technology Conference

Use of software applications have been used for many years now to teach students and employees new materials. This year’s ETC conference had exciting workshops on new technological tools to use for learning. The Apple I P OD touch has hundreds of possible applications, for a low cost or free price. Social media was of course content for many presentations and workshops. A hands on interactive workshop was held on how to use in  education both for class exercises and teaching content.


Bitstrips May presentation May 26

What happened in 18 months ?

March 21, 2011 Leave a comment

In fall 2009 our federal government said it was determined to decrease the time it took Canadian immigrants to prove their credentials once they arrived here.  The goal was to enable foreign trained professionals to establish the acceptability of their education within 1 year. At the time, Minister Diane Finley, the Federal Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Co-Chair of the Forum of Labour Market Ministers said “Attracting and retaining the best international talent to address existing and future labour market challenges is critical to Canada’s long-term economic success. Ensuring that foreign credentials and qualifications are assessed and recognized in a timely manner will enable newcomers to maximize their talents.” As a result Canada would take advantage of the numerous benefits of skilled professionals occupying correct jobs; higher incomes resulting in greater economic stimulus and higher taxes paid, professionally trained workers with the right skills and experience meeting citizens’ needs, and higher morale in the Canadians workforce.

Currently, however, the same federal government plans to cut funding to many service agencies that assist newcomers with essential steps including establishing residences, finances, and professional accreditation. “The cuts in Ontario alone…could prove fatal for a number of agencies that help settle immigrants”says Kibrom Debru, Executive director of the Eritrean Canadian Community Centre. He is in charge of one of the many Ontario-based immigrant agencies which received news that federal government cuts total would total $44-million.

Is it me, or is the logic missing in this lack of strategy ?


Federal cuts threaten immigrant agencies

Become your own manager

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Formal performance reviews are becoming less popular in the workplace as a primary indicator of a worker’s productivity. In “Job outlook brightens for 2011” in Report on Business weekend, Linda Allan, an etiquette and career coach suggests:

“Companies are moving responsibilities entirely to employees to create what are called pro-active performance plans” (from Lisa, Yes I know some jargon here).

“The smartest think to do right now is look back on 2010 and pull together evidence of everything you’ve done that improved your company’s position…and don’t forget to include all those ‘kudos’ you received this year from colleagues, clients, supply providers-anyone who commented that they way you handled a situation was exemplary, your thinking was clear and your approach was innovative.”

Why not make 2011 the year you give your career (and morale) a boost by collecting your kudos once a month ?

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Free Virtual Conference Dec.1-2 (today and tomorrow)

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment