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by Gilles Paquette

Parents have a significant influence on their children from a very young age. Keeping parents engaged early on is important. If you are planning to attend Cannexus12 January 23-25, 2012 in Ottawa, you will have over 100 concurrent sessions to choose from. I wanted to point out this particular session which is in line with our theme in this Fall issue of our Bulletin. Allow me to start with this great quote:

“If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all gifts.” Brian Tracy (a leading authority on the development of human potential and personal effectiveness)

Results from a Canadian study will be examined and discussed at Cannexus12 and will be presented by Kathryn Levine and Dawn Sutherland.

Kathryn Levine is an Associate Professor, and current Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba. Her research interests focus on marginalized youth, child and adolescent mental health issues, qualitative research and family-centred practice. Dawn Sutherland is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Science Education in the Department of Education at the University of Winnipeg. Her research examines the impact of culturally based science programming on educators and students.

This session will explore:

  • How parents perceive their roles in the children’s career development
  • How parents’ educational and career histories influence their perceptions of their roles
  • Strategies parents utilize in terms of fostering their children’s career development needs.

The results suggest that the best way to shift the intergenerational transmission of limited educational/career outcomes is to increase the career development exploration capacities of parents. I would like to invite you all to peruse our preliminary programme and register for Cannexus today.

Gilles Paquette studied in Commerce at Laurentian University. Interested in marketing at a very young age, Gilles placed a lot of his focus in the last six years on community-based social marketing and fostering sustainable behaviour in people. In his current role, he is Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications for the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), which runs a number of programs including


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