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Register Now for Cannexus12

Back for its 6th year, Cannexus is Canada’s bilingual National Conference on Career Development, promoting the exchange of information and exploring innovative approaches in career counselling and career development. Cannexus will run January 23-25, 2012 in Ottawa. The largest conference of its kind, Cannexus brings together 700 professionals across the career services field, including community-based agencies, private coaches and educators. Another outstanding program has been put together, including a “who’s who” of speakers in the field.
Keynote speakers are:

Mark Savickas, PhD
Professor (U.S., South Africa)
“The Career Counsellor’s Career”

Trey Anthony
Playright, actor, comedian
“The Call Comes for You”

Michael Adams
President, Environics Group of Companies
“Canada’s Demographic Destiny”

Early bird rates end October 31st, 2011 REGISTER TODAY!

New Research to Explore Mental Health and Work

A CERIC-funded research project will map the growing role of career practitioners in supporting people with mental health challenges who want to move into the workforce. Job-seekers are increasingly disclosing their experience with mental illness and employment counsellors report feeling handcuffed by a lack of knowledge and resources.

Led by the Nova Scotia Career Development Association (NSCDA) in collaboration with Neasa Martin & Associates, the project will engage and educate career counsellors, educators and policy planners to share best practices, improve career counselling access and service delivery for people living with mental health issues. The learning from this project is expected to be relevant to developing a national program.

“There is a definite gap between the needs of clients with mental health conditions and the comfort level of career practitioners who are trying to move their clients into the workforce,” says Nancy Dube, Chair of the CERIC Board of Directors and General Manager of the YMCA Sudbury. “This research will provide valuable guidance to career practitioners to better understand and manage these issues.”

For more information on this project, please visit:

CERIC co-sponsors first Manitoba Aboriginal Literacy Symposium

The Counselling Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) have joined Literacy Partners of Manitoba as the Eagle+ lead sponsor in presenting the first provincial Aboriginal Literacy Symposium, New Relationships, New Opportunities!

The symposium takes place November 1 & 2, 2011 at the Victoria Inn, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The key focus is on developing a shared vision and strategies, in partnership with Aboriginal organizations, to improve literacy and essential skills towards employment for Aboriginal peoples in Manitoba. Guest speakers include Hon. James Bartleman, former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Ningwakwe George, author and literacy advocate, and Ovide Mercredi, Grand Rapids First Nation, former AFN National Chief.

Low Aboriginal literacy is a matter of growing concern. Between 40 and 70% of adults in many of Manitoba’s Aboriginal communities have less than a grade 9 education, leaving them without the minimal literacy skills for coping with every day work and life. Outside of Canada’s northern territories, Manitoba is the province with the highest proportion of Aboriginal peoples at 15.5%, according to the 2006 Canadian Census. By 2017, 25% of Manitoba’s population will be Aboriginal. These projections indicate that Aboriginal peoples will have a more prominent role to play in the labour force.

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