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    Your agency opened a new location? You published a report on youth employment in Canada? Your colleague wrote a book on career counselling for people with disabilities? If you have news to share that you think will interest your colleagues working in the field of career development, this is the place to do so.

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    Building on many years of collaboration, the Association of Career Professionals International (“ACPI”)
    and the Institute of Career Certification International (“ICCI”) have formally aligned to advance
    consumer awareness of the benefits of professional career guidance.

    “Regardless of location, today’s worker faces unprecedented challenges in choosing and navigating a
    career,” notes Heather Turnbull, President of ACPI. “More often than not, these life-impacting decisions
    can be better achieved – strategically and pragmatically – with appropriate guidance from qualified and
    proven professionals like our members.”

    “Many individuals and organizations are unaware of how important a certified career professional is to
    the experience and outcome of talent and career management services,” stated Jutta König, Chair of
    ICCI. “With a market overflowing with newly minted coaches and career professionals, trained in a host
    of different schools and approaches, certification by ICCI based on experience and competencies is a
    way to recognize quality of service. ICCI certification ensures that a global, independent board has
    distinguished a qualified professional committed to ongoing learning and training to maintain their

    Although ACPI and ICCI have North American roots, since inception in the early 1990’s, their
    viewpoints on talent have always been decidedly global, exemplified by the collaboration with NOLOC,
    CMI in the Netherlands, and other professional groups. With career guidance/coaching gaining greater
    importance internationally, these organizations believe the time is right to educate a growing number of
    potential consumers on the value of securing career services from certified professionals who
    demonstrate competence and integrity.

    In honor of this collaboration, and to generate unified strategies and action to enhance consumer
    awareness, ACPI and ICCI invite colleagues from similar career organizations to join them in
    Amsterdam on May 18, 2013, for the unique forum “Connection, Collaboration, Contribution:
    Engaging One World Voice on Career Development”.

    About ACP International
    ACPI is a not for profit global organization dedicated to advancing public awareness of the career management
    profession, as well as promoting the international profile, professional development and credibility of its varied

    About ICCI
    ICCI is an independent certifying body led by an international, volunteer Board of Governors dedicated to
    assuring excellence in career management services. ICCI certified professionals demonstrate current
    techniques, continue to learn, contribute to, and adhere to the highest industry standards.

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    National Challenge seeks ideas to promote career development in Canada

    In recognition of CERIC’s 10th anniversary in 2014, The Counselling Foundation of Canada is funding the launch of an online competition this summer to solicit ideas and create a national dialogue that can enhance and promote the image of career development in Canada.

    The results of a national survey commissioned by CERIC about the Canadian workplace and how Canadians approach their own career development showed that career development, its professionals and their rich contribution to the nation are greatly undervalued. This online competition will serve to surface innovative strategies for how to solve this perception gap in Canada.

    These proposals might include: how to change high school curriculum to improve career development’s influence; policy recommendations that government could implement to persuade adult learners about the value of career development professionals; or a clever marketing campaign that makes the case about how career development promotes our Canadian economy.

    A panel of judges will be assembled to shortlist entries based on their innovation, practicality and potential impact. The career development community will then vote for their top choices online. Three cash prizes of $5,000 will be awarded in addition to Cannexus14 registrations for the three entries that receive the most votes. Winners will be recognized at the Cannexus conference in January 2014.

    Watch the CERIC website for further details on the competition and entry requirements:

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    Call for Research Proposals: Understanding Current Employment Programming and Services for BC Youth

    The BC Centre for Employment Excellence is inviting researchers to submit proposals on topics related to addressing the important challenges that BC youth face in today’s labour market. Can you please circulate the following link to your network to inform your members of this opportunity?

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    Remembering Garth Scott Wannan

    It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Garth Scott Wannan, age 69 of La Salle, Manitoba. He died peacefully in his sleep at home on Friday, November 22. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Sheila and his son, Scott. Left to mourn his passing are brother, George (Margaret) of London, ON; and in-laws, Barbara and David Moffat, Peterborough, ON; Lynn and Ruby Johnston, and brother-in-law, Paul Johnston, Barrie, ON, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Joyce and Larry Wannan of Kitchener, Ontario. Garth was born in Toronto on June 16, 1944. His family moved to Kitchener in 1947. Garth attended Suddaby Public School and Eastwood Collegiate. He continued his education at the University of Waterloo and graduated with Master’s Degree in Applied Science (Psychology) in 1968. He subsequently worked as a counselor at Fleming College in Peterborough, ON, for several years. From 1974 to 1987, Garth worked at Trent University in Peterborough, ON. During his time at Trent, he established both the Counseling Centre and the Job Placement Center. He was also President of the Canadian Universities and College Counseling Association (CUCCA). Garth worked at the University of Manitoba (U of M) from 1987 to 2007, as Director of Housing and Student Life. He brought order to the university residences, established an Off-Campus Housing Office and designed many student focused programs, such as Boost! – an orientation for resident students. Garth also designed the Parents Program that introduced the parents of students to university life. In 1994, he along with several other university administrators founded the Canadian University Survey Consortium. This group planned and executed the first survey of students attending Canadian universities. The survey soon went national with most Canadian universities participating. It was picked up by Maclean’s Magazine and is now published annually. Garth also served as President of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CAUCUSS) and oversaw a major reorganization of the group. Garth loved spending time at the lake and was happiest when sharing food and drink with friends and family. He loved being out on the water and enjoyed pulling Scott in the tube behind the boat. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 28 at Thompson ‘In the Park’ Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Funeral service will be held on Friday, November 29 at 2 p.m. at Thompson ‘In the Park’ Funeral Home. Cremation to follow, with interment in the Orono Cemetery in Orono, ON, at a later date. The family wishes to thank Dr. C.J. Woelk and the nursing staff of the Boundary Trails Hospital for the care and compassion they showed Garth. It was great bringing Braun into the hospital for a visit. Home visits from various Home Care staff also brought much support and reassurance for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local animal shelter or the charity of your choice.

    I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one
    I’d like to leave an after glow of smiles when life
    is done
    I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down
    the ways
    Of happy times and laughing times and bright
    sunny days
    I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry
    before the sun
    Of happy memories that I leave when life
    is done

    Helen Lowrie Marshall, 1954

    Condolences may be sent to

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    One Innovative Way to Get Youth Employed

    What if we helped youth find and keep work by first training them according to an employer’s needs? And what if youth participated in customized training that is directly relevant and applicable to a workplace in their community? Could this be a viable alternative to the usual? We think so.

    Thanks to the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, First Work received funding for the Employer-Demand Driven Training Project to answer these questions in collaboration with our partners, Red Lake Employment Centre, YMCA of Greater Toronto, Lutherwood Kitchener and CERF (Centre D’emploi et de Resources Francophone) Welland.

    Over a three-year period, the EDDT Project will aim to identify the gaps in skills and training in communities across Ontario, explore how the employer demand-driven training model can be applied to other communities, and develop recommendations for community capacity-building, government program redesign, and government policy change to address youth un- and underemployment in Ontario.

    An advisory committee is being developed with in-depth knowledge of the local labour market, local industry, employment program interventions, government and community needs. We are open to including more representatives. Interested or know someone that would be? Contact Lavinia Lamenza, Research Director at (416) 323-9557 x229 or

    Through Evidence Research and Evaluation, First Work researches and develops new ideas about effective programs and interventions for youth.

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    Becoming a NB Certified Career Development Practitioner

    Are you interested in:
    -Obtaining a more formal recognition of your career development skills, knowledge and experience?
    -Enhancing your professional identity and credibility?
    -Being more competitive in the field by demonstrating your professionalism and interest in constant professional development?
    -Obtaining professional credentials recognized and respected in the field across Canada?
    -Working at raising the professional profile of the career development field?

    If so, we encourage you to take advantage of this certification opportunity. If you are interested,
    please read-on…

    -For whom is this certification? (
    -What do I need to qualify for certification? (
    -Where can I get the mandatory courses? ( )
    -How do I apply and what is the cost? (

    Who do I contact for questions?
    -Jon Fairweather – – 506-444-2398
    -Tina Sirois-Leblanc – – 506-476-1993

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    Remembering Stu Conger

    D. Stuart Conger died peacefully, on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at age 87, with his beloved wife Shirley (nee Brignell) by his side. Predeceased by Joyce, his wife of 47 years. Loving father of Jane Low (Ben) of Woodlawn, and Stephen of Rome, Italy. Admiring grandfather of Jennifer Low (Kevin McEleney) of Winnipeg. Dear brother of Jean Mather and Gerald (Beverley) of Ottawa, and of Nancy (Dave) Earnshaw of Toronto. Fondly remembered by the Brignell family and sister-in-law Doris Gibney. Stu was the founder of the Canadian Small Business Management Training Program (1962), the Canada NewStart Program (1967), the National Consultation on Career Development (1975), the Canadian Career Development Foundation (1980) and the Joyce Conger Fund for the Arts (2000). For 50 years he was a leader in the advancement of career development in Canada and internationally and in recent years a supporter and advocate of the arts. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O’Connor) on Saturday, December 7th from 3:30-5:30pm. Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel on Sunday, December 8th at 2pm. Reception to follow in the McGarry Family Reception Centre. Memorial donations to the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Development, c/o The Canadian Career Development Foundation, 202 – 119 Ross Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 0N6 ( will be much appreciated.

    Ottawa Citizen, Dec. 3 2013

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    A site dedicated to successful and effective local labour market programs.

    We are pleased to announce the launch of a website dedicated to the promotion of successful and responsive pan-Canadian programs offering clients an opportunity for success in the labour market. This website will be a positive and constructive demonstration of what works now with LMA funding and represent what could be lost if the Canada Job Grant materializes as outlined. Visit today!

    In an effort to enhance the employability and skills of the labour force, the Government of Canada entered into Labour Market Agreements (known as LMA’s) in 2009 with provinces and territories. Under these agreements, provinces and territories determine the priorities for funding and decide how the funding is allocated in order to meet the needs of their particular labour markets.

    However, in its March 2013 Budget, the federal government proposed a new program called the Canada Job Grant. This new program would be financed by cutting $300 million annually (60 percent of today’s $500 million total) from funding to provinces and territories under the federal-provincial LMA’s. This would force provinces to cut valuable, proven programs and services while the proposed federal program would put further pressure on provincial budgets by requiring them to come up with new funding – a further $300 million – to match federal contributions. is a site created for individuals, organizations and employers that have first-hand experience with the important role that LMA programs play in communities from coast to coast to coast. The site will document success stories, examples of best practices and provide for a dynamic exchange of support and suggestions for the continuation of adaptive, flexible and responsive LMA programming.

    This initiative reflects the work and commitment of a national group of founding partners and a growing list of supporters. This website has been designed and created by ASPECT – BC’s Association of Community-Based Trainers.

    For more information about or matters relating, please email Chris Atchison at or by phone/text 250 818 9671

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    We are excited to announce that Canada Career Counselling, in partnership with the Vanier Institute of the Family, has graciously received funding From the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) to develop maternity leave career development resources. The project commenced In January 2014 and will continue until January 2016.

    As part of the first phase of the project, we will be conducting a two hour focus group with HR managers/employers who have had employees transition to and from maternity leave within their organization. We will be holding focus groups on the following dates and times at our office in Calgary (address below):

    Focus Group 1: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    Focus Group 2: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:00-5:00 p.m.

    For more information about the project please visit where you can find additional information.

    Thank you for letting us know if you can attend one of these groups. If you know others in your network who may be interested in participating, please forward the information.

    With sincere thanks,
    Laura, Colleen and Rebecca

    Canada Career Counselling
    Suite 503, 609 – 14th Street, NW
    Calgary, Alberta T2N 2A1
    P: (403) 261-5085 C: (403) 615-4798

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    CCPA would like to recruit your writing skills for our “Counselling Connect” Blog!

    We are reaching out to individuals who have a unique perspective about the counselling and psychotherapy profession based on the following major topic areas:
    • Counselling and Psychotherapy in Canada (general subject matter)
    • The state of nation (issues surrounding regulations, government legislation)
    • Private practice (starting a practice, running a business, etc.)
    • School Counselling (role/function, tips, what to expect, etc.)
    • Creative Arts (Psychotherapeutic theories and approaches, best practices, training and education)
    • Cultural Diversity (issues and trends related to foreign-trained counsellors, issues related to cultural diversity and sensitivity
    • Ethics (client confidentiality, counsellor privacy, legal obligations and duties, processes)
    • Continuing Education (the importance of understanding new developments and techniques)
    • Online Counselling (what to expect, tips, etc..)
    • Marriage and family therapy

    Your commitment:
    If you are interested in contributing to a major category, your commitment is to:
    • Be a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC).
    • Provide a letter of introduction that specifies the major category in which you would like to contribute.
    • Submit ongoing blog submissions as per a set schedule (varies between authors)

    What’s in it for you?
    As a contributor to the online publication and a subject matter expert in your field, you gain a presence online, and further develop your own name and brand. You help the profession by imparting your knowledge, observations and ideas, and further develop a knowledge base for others. In addition, you help the audiences gain a better understanding of the profession, the importance of the work we do and the impact we have on health and well-being in Canada. You also have the option of submitting your articles to be eligible for Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s).

    If you are interested in being a contributor for the CCPA Counselling Connect Blog please contact Stephanie Ross at If you would like to see the blog, check it out at

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    Interview Participants Needed from Throughout Canada for Project on Maternity Leave Career Transitions

    We are excited to announce that Canada Career Counselling, in partnership with the Vanier Institute of the Family, has graciously received funding from the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) to develop maternity leave career development resources for Canadian women and employers

    The purpose of this research study is to broaden our understanding of the individual experience of maternity leave on womens’ career development, as well as to further understand employer perception regarding employees’ transition to and from maternity leave. The present study will provide practical tips, information, and career management resources to help both employees and employers better manage this transition.

    As part of this phase of this project, we will be conducting one hour interviews in March through to mid-April, 2014, with women and employers across Canada. You may be a candidate for this study if you have either recently returned to employment from a maternity leave, or you are an employer (i.e., manager or human resource specialist) who has experienced employees within your organization taking maternity leave(s). Your particular experiences will provide valuable insight into our understanding of maternity leave and knowledge about this process.

    • Date/time: To be scheduled at your convenience either: in person, by phone, or Skype
    • Location for in person interviews: Calgary Career Counselling Office (609 14 St NW #503, Calgary, AB)
    • Notes: Your name, organization and all identifying information will remain confidential and anonymous.
    • This study has been approved by the CFREB (University of Calgary Board of Ethics)

    For general information about the project please visit If you, or anyone you know, may be interested in participating, please contact April Dyrda at or our office by phone at: (403) 261-5085.

    Colleen, Rebecca & Laura

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    Call For Papers – IJEVG Special Issues

    Two Special issues of the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance:

    • Special issue 15(1): “Childhood Career Development”
    • Special issue 15(3): “Guidance in Latin-America: searching for new perspectives”


    Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2014

    More information at



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    Call for Presenters now open for Cannexus15!

    CERIC – Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling invites individuals or organizations with an interest in presenting at Cannexus15 to submit a brief outline using the Proposal Form for consideration and encourages them to inform colleagues or students of this opportunity.

    Cannexus is designed to promote the exchange of information and explore innovative approaches in the areas of career counselling and career development. We expect more than 800 participants from across Canada and internationally.

    The deadline for submitting an application is June 13, 2014.

    Visit the Cannexus website for more details!



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    The IAEVG (International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance) and L’Ordre (Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d’orientation du Québec) are jointly hosting the 2014 international career development conference in Québec City from June 4-6th. The conference title is “At the Intersection of Personal, Community and Work life Realities”. The IAEVG has over 20,000 members from over 40 countries. Conferences rotate globally and the last time the IAEVG was held in Canada was in 2001.

    This is a professional development opportunity not to be missed. Their program is balanced and fascinating. Research is a significant focus. Keynote speakers are from India, Canada, USA, UK, France and Venezuela. Registration is very reasonable ($440.00 for the full conference; $225.00 for students). Québec City is a jewel any time of the year but it is brilliant in June.

    To date the conference has 960 registrants and the organizers are aiming for 1200. To date, few Canadians outside of Québec have registered and we would like to encourage you to consider attending and ensure that your colleagues and students are informed about this opportunity. It is rare for Canadians to have this kind of international access and privilege. Visit the website at We hope to see you there.


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