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    Norman Valdez

    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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    ONECA Seeking AQ Instructor

    The Ontario Native Education Counselling Association is currently seeking an AQ Instructor for their online classes Guidance and Career Education – Part 1 – Aboriginal Focus:



    * currently working in a guidance capacity in a First Nation school, provincial school or board setting, or recently retired

    * specialist in guidance

    * possess a good understanding of First Nations, organizations, supports, and education system

    * have worked with First Nation students

    * demonstrated leadership skills in professional development

    * possess computer skills – working in a Learning Management System and working with Adobe Connect

    * demonstrated expertise in online instructional strategies

    * working knowledge of student success initiatives and guidance initiatives

    * available to be online in a ‘virtual classroom” one hour per week

    * availability to be online daily

    * OSCA or ONECA member


    Please submit a resume and cover letter to:

    Executive Director

    Ontario Native Education Counselling Association


    Deadline for resumes: April 25, 2014 4:00 est.

    Only eligible candidates will be selected for an online interview.

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    This is just a quick reminder that articles for publication in the Summer 2014 edition of Cognica need to be received by June 1st, 2014.

    For those who are not aware, articles published in Cognica are eligible for Continuing Education Credits. Information on CECs can be found at

    Guidelines for contributors

    • Content: The documents submitted should be about practical topics of interest to counsellors. They may be reports of counselling interventions, case studies, strategies utilized in individual or group work with clients, brief theoretical articles, information about relevant topics, etc.
    • Form: The manuscripts should be no more that 1 or 2 pages in length, single-spaced. They may be submitted in English or French.
    • References: It is recommended that submissions contain a list of references. These may not be published with the manuscript but will be made available upon request to the Editor.
    • Procedure: All manuscripts should be sent to the attention of the Editor at the National CCPA Office in Ottawa. Members of the Editorial Committee will review the material submitted in light of the criteria mentioned above. The author(s) will be advised of the decision to publish and of the approximate time of publication.

    Please remember that Cognica has moved to an online only version which can be viewed by accessing the members’ only area of our website.


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    Call for Program Committee Members

    Proposals submitted to present at the CCPA Annual Conference will be reviewed by a National Program Committee. If you are interested in joining the committee, please send your name and CV to prior to June 6, 2014.

    For more information on what is expected of Committee Members, please visit

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    The Council of Ontario Universities is looking for 8-10 non-aboriginal guidance counsellors to participate 1-2 hour session at the beginning of July, to discuss Aboriginal learner success at University. One of the key pieces of advice that the Working Group provided, was identifying the need to engage Guidance Counsellors and the information and tools that they might find useful in encouraging Aboriginal learners to attend postsecondary education.  Please contact Brent Bissaillion at or (416) 979-2165 ext.259

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    United States: Senate Passes Long-Awaited Workforce Bill

    Bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Passes in 95-3 Vote

    Recently the Senate passed a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act—by a vote of 95 to 3. Jobs for the Future applauds the Senate on passage of this legislation, which is expected for consideration by the House in the near future. The bill provides valuable updates and improvements to the law that authorizes the U.S. workforce development system.

    The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes significant changes in the nation’s workforce development system, incorporating the latest evidence-based knowledge and strategies that are known to help Americans attain the education, skills, and credentials that enable them to find good jobs in high-demand industries and occupations. The bill emphasizes the attainment of industry-recognized postsecondary credentials; the development of sector-based training strategies; the development of career pathways systems, especially for underprepared youth and adults; the expansion of work-based learning opportunities; and the use of prior learning assessments that recognize the importance of worker competencies. For youth, the bill increases services for out-of-school youth, emphasizing work-based learning and longer-term solutions that encourage young people with multiple barriers to education and employment to make their way to postsecondary credential attainment that leads to employment in high-demand jobs and economic self-sufficiency.

    The bill also works to align and streamline the nation’s multiple employment and workforce-related education and training systems—requiring unified strategic planning and service delivery, performance measurement, and data collection and utilization. And it encourages state and local workforce systems to align with regional economic development efforts to ensure that workforce education and training is relevant to the needs of regional economies and employers.

    As we look to passage of this legislation in the House, and to its enactment by the President, we applaud not only the content of the bill, but the bipartisan spirit through which it was developed. We hope that it will move swiftly through the House and be signed into law in the near future.

    Read this blog on


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    Are you comfortable reviewing resumes and giving feedback to job seekers? Are you available this Thursday?

    We are looking for a number of career professionals to review job seeker resumes this Thursday (July 24, 2014) from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the North York Career Fair!

    Here are the details:

    – North York Memorial Hall, underneath the North York Public Library at 5110 Yonge Street
    – The event runs from Thursday July 24th from 11-3
    – Information/registration about the event is at
    – We are looking for up to 10 resume writers to help review resumes from attendees; they should plan on being there the entire time, to arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. – we do get a long lineup of people; however, if someone is only available for a couple of hours we can also accommodate!
    – You are welcome to give out marketing materials to those who come for resume reviews
    – Ideally, the reviews should be no longer than 5-10 minutes so that the line moves quickly.

    What’s in it for you?
    – Lending your expertise to job seekers who can use your help!
    – Reaching out to the community/community service
    – You are welcome to pass out any marketing materials/literature you might have
    – Meet new people!

    Anyone interested in volunteering should email me to so I know who is coming. Any questions please email Feel free to forward to anyone you think might be interested.

    Spread the word about Thursday’s event to anyone looking for a job! Here is a flyer:

    If there’s anything else I can help you with please let me know.


    Marc Belaiche, CPA, CA

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    First Work and the National Youth Employment Coalition invite you to submit your application for the 2014 Innovation Awards contest. Win an award for your innovative youth employment program and gain national recognition for your initiative!

    A friendly reminder that the deadline to enter the contest is Friday, August 1st, 2014.

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    To all Canadian career educators & employers,

    We would like to inform you that the deadline to complete CACEE’s Annual Campus Recruitment and Benchmark Survey has been extended to August 29th! We invite all Canadian employers who hire students or graduates to complete the survey. For your interest, click here to download a copy of the 2013 Benchmark Report, which contains information compiled from over 900 employer responses.

    To complete the 2014 Benchmark Survey, click here.

    A significant portion of the survey contains repeat questions asked for each province in Canada (answer only for your province). The survey should require approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

    Career Educators: Please consider forwarding this invitation to your employer partners, as many of you have done for our previous surveys. You are key to our success in growing the level of employer involvement, and with your help, we can make our Report even more valuable than it is now. As always, we appreciate your support.

    The survey is live as of Monday, June 23rd and will remain open until Friday, August 29th at 12:00 a.m. All respondents, as well as CACEE members, will automatically receive a copy of the Report upon its completion.

    Thank you,

    Paul D. Smith
    Executive Director

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    You are invited to participate in a study regarding personal growth initiative, well-being, and LGBTQ individuals. The study is conducted by LGBTQ-identified and ally researchers at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The purpose of this research is to further the counseling field’s understanding of how LGBTQ individuals experience personal growth initiative and how that relates to well-being. If you are at least 18 years old, and identify as LGBTQ, we would greatly appreciate your participation in our study.

    When you have finished the survey, you will have the option to enter a raffle for one of 10 gift cards worth $20.
    The survey is anonymous, and takes about 15-25 minutes to complete. For those interested in participating in this study, click on the following hypertext link which will take you to the consent form and survey. This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board for protection of human subjects at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

    Please feel free to forward this e-mail announcement to eligible friends and other relevant listservs. Thank you in advance for your help with this project!

    Emily & Susan

    Emily Oliveira, Ed.S., LPC, NCC, University of Missouri-St. Louis
    Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D., University of Missouri – St. Louis​

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    Resume Reviewers Needed – This Thursday September 18 and 25th

    Are you comfortable reviewing resumes and giving feedback to job seekers? Are you available this Thursday (September 18) or next Thursday (September 25)?

    We are looking for a number of career professionals to review job seeker resumes from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Mississauga Career Fair this Thursday and the Scarborough Career Fair on September 25th!

    Here are the details:

    – This Thursday – Living Arts Centre at 4141 Living Arts Drive; Next Thursday (September 25th) at Global Kingdom at 1250 Markham Road.

    – The event runs each day from 11-3

    – Information/registration about the event is at

    – We are looking for up to 10 resume writers to help review resumes from attendees; you should plan on being there the entire time, to arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. – we do get a long lineup of people; however, if someone is only available for a couple of hours we can also accommodate!

    – Resume writers are welcome to give out marketing materials to those who come for resume reviews

    – Ideally, the reviews should be no longer than 5-10 minutes so that the line moves quickly; if the lineup is not as long you could spend more time with people.


    What’s in it for you?

    – Lending your expertise to job seekers who can use your help!

    – Reaching out to the community/community service

    – You are welcome to pass out any marketing materials/literature you might have

    – Meet new people!

    Anyone interested in volunteering should email me to so I know who is coming. Any questions please email Feel free to forward to anyone you think might be interested.

    Spread the word about Thursday’s event to anyone looking for a job! Here is a flyer:


    Want information about exhibiting or have any other questions?  Please let me know.


    Thanks in advance!

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    Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Dr. Bill Schulz

    This year’s Manitoba Career Development Awards of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Dr. Bill Schulz.

    Dr. Schulz has been a force in career development, counselling, and ethics for over 40 years. Guest lecturer, author, and professor, Dr. Schulz has advanced the field of Career Development and created seminal works that have transformed and modernized the field, helping it develop into what it is today.

    Join us for the Awards Ceremony Luncheon where Dr. Schulz will receive the first ever Manitoba Career Development Awards of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award.

    For more information on Dr. Schulz and his contribution to the field of Career Development, click here.

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    Spread the News: Career Development Challenge COMING SOON!

    Canadian Council for Career Development (CCCD) is pleased to celebrate Canada Career Week November 3-7, 2014, and this year the members want to inform you about a new online career service tool, the Career Development Challenge.

    The Challenge weblink is The Challenge will formally launch on November 3rd; however, members of CCCD can start to use the quiz immediately. We hope you will encourage your clients, friends, and colleagues to try it out!

    The Challenge, which only takes 5-10 minutes to complete and is an interactive tool that explores skill and will relating to career development. In order to promote this Challenge, we have produced a button that you may upload to your member publications or news bulletins. We would also encourage you to place this banner or button on your website to be linked directly to the Challenge.

    We would also encourage you to follow us on social media:


    Twitter: @cccdchallenge


    Later, CCCD will be gathering data from the anonymous participants to share career development trends with Canadians.

    If you have any questions about the quiz, please don’t hesitate to contact:

    Kalene DeBaeremaeker



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    National Careers Week 2015 returns in the UK from the 2nd – 6th March 2015

    The National Careers Week 2015 Campaign has now launched and brings schools and employers many more exciting initiatives to directly engage via essential resources, competitions, ambassadors and promotions from the NCW brand. The National Careers Week campaign continues to successfully deliver diverse and quality careers information to young people across the UK, who may not be able to access it otherwise.

    Don’t miss out on all the FREE careers content we will be sending in the build up to NCW 2015… Coming soon!


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    Canada’s Safest Employers Psychological Safety Award is looking to honour workplaces with leading mental health programs.

    Psychological safety is a critical issue for business. Mental health problems are expected to cost employers $198 billion in lost productivity over the next 30 years, according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

    For more information, and to nominate your organization, visit

    Nominations close June 1, 2015.

    Now in its fifth year, the prestigious Canada’s Safest Employers competition recognizes organizations from across the country with the best occupational health and safety practices. Join us for Canada’s Safest Employers Awards gala taking place this fall in Toronto on Oct. 28.

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    After several months of consultation on Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) work on informing student choice and the development of the  “Career Tool” (CT), I am pleased to advise you that the launch of the CT was announced in the Federal Budget on April 21st and that the tool is now available on the Job Bank website at ESDC has also released some of the data underlying the tool as open data for public use. This information is available today on the Government’s Open Data website,

    You are encouraged to take a look at the tool and to share it with students, colleagues and others in your networks. ESDC is also continuing to welcome feedback. If you have any comments, suggestions or observations to share regarding the tool and how it is being received by users, please feel free to register these through the feedback section of the tool.

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    Remembering Randy Heasman

    In the early morning of Tuesday, May 12th, St. Stephen’s Community House lost their beloved Director of Employment & Training, Randy Heasman, after an almost three-year battle with cancer. He faced his battle with the same courage, tenacity and determination that he brought to his work every day.

    Throughout his 30 years with St. Stephen’s, Randy wore many hats; his natural leadership qualities and positive personality were apparent as he progressively moved from his first position as an outreach worker to becoming the Director of Employment & Training in 1997. He led tremendous growth and expansion of their employment services and supported many innovative and successful employment models for youth and newcomers including Connections, KYTES, the Mobilizer, Youth in New Media, School To Work Transition, Entry Point, REDY, Green Shine, Opportunity Knocks and an HVAC pre-apprenticeship program. He was also integral in the transition from Job Connect to Employment Ontario.

    In everything he’s done, Randy always led by example. His title as a director never changed the way he interacted with anyone he came across; it was all about giving great service and inspiring us all to achieve superior team-based results for the people who came through St. Stephen’s doors looking for training, employment and a brighter future. As recognition of his influence on the staff at the Employment & Training Centre, in 2012 Randy was nominated by his colleagues for a Bhayana Family Foundation Award and was honoured with an award for Leadership.

    Meeting numerous people over the years through various networks and partnerships, he was a mentor for new hires as well as anyone already established in the sector looking for advice. Randy was not only active in our sector but also as a community volunteer, with friends and colleagues in many other circles. He will be greatly missed.

    A celebration of Randy’s life is currently being planned. If you would more information on this event, please email


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    Career Professionals of Canada: 2015 Career Professionals Compensation Survey

    Would you like to learn about the total compensation of Career Practitioners who support the Canadian labour market? Take the 2015 Career Professionals Compensation Survey.

    Why complete the survey?
    Evaluate the total compensation: income, salary, and benefits of practitioners working within the sector.

    Career Professionals: Use the results to assess your own income, salary, and benefits requirements. The report will help you plan, manage, and negotiate your compensation and career development.

    Employers of Career Professionals: Use the comparative results to determine your compensation model and ensure that you are in line with standards in the field. The data will help you evaluate your recruitment and retention strategy.

    The 2015 Career Professionals Compensation Survey deadline is June 1, 2015.

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    CERIC Events: Cannexus16 and Summer Skills Academy

    Summer Skills Academy 2015

    The CERIC Summer Skills Academy is back for 2015! Taking place July 7, 8 & 9 in Toronto at CERIC’s office, the Summer Skills Academy meets your need for training that is face-to-face, in-depth, and, importantly, fits your budget. The Early Bird registration deadline is fast-approaching May 29 to get the great rate of $195 per seminar.

    • Mark Franklin, Career Cycles, and Rich Feller, Colorado State University – Help Clients Gain Clarity From Their Stories: The Narrative Approach, Tuesday, July 7
    • Lisa Taylor, President, Challenge Factory – Trailblazer Toolkit: How New Labour Market Trends Drive Your Career Services Success, Wednesday, July 8
    • Dan Walmsely, Facilitator, Performer & Coach (KEYS Job Centre) –  Job Search Zombies: Motivating the Unmotivated Jobseeker,  Thursday, July 9

    Full information can be found at


    Cannexus16 Conference

    Registration for the Cannexus16 National Career Development Conference is now open! Take advantage of the Super Saver rate by registering by September 9 for only $425. Special discounts are available for members of supporting organizations, students and groups of five or more. We expect to welcome 800 participants from Canada and internationally to the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, January 25-27, 2016, which will mark the 10th anniversary of Cannexus!

    Exciting pre-conference and post-conference workshops have also just been announced:

    • Dr Norm Amundson and Spencer Niles – A Hope-Centred Career Development Toolkit (pre-con am)
    • Richard Knowdell – Effective Coaching Skills for Career Counsellors (pre-con am)
    • Herky Cutler – Courageous Career Development: Helping Practitioners Find the Courage to be their Authentic Self (pre-con pm)
    • Mike Fazio – Developing an Employer Engagement Action Plan (pre-con pm)
    • Dan Walmsely – Return of the Job Search Zombie: Proven Strategies for Motivating the Unmotivated (post-con pm)

    Also a reminder that the Call for Presenters deadline is June 12! As well, hotels are open for reservations and it’s always best to reserve early!


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    SFU wins special award for career centre innovation

    Simon Fraser University has been recognized with a special Award for Innovation by a Career Centre from TalentEgg. The award was presented earlier this month at TalentEgg’s national campus recruitment awards and conference in Toronto. is Canada’s most popular job board and online career resource for college and university students and recent graduates.

    “Career Services at SFU is honoured to receive this award,” says Tony Botelho, centre director. “This award is a formal acknowledgement of the work we’ve been doing for the past several years. It’s particularly validating given that it’s a national award and that the judges were students.”

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    National Youth Employment Innovation Awards Contest 2015

    The purpose of the National Youth Employment Innovation Awards Contest is to recognize and share transferable, innovative programs, projects and practices that lead to youth employment and career development success. This year’s contest theme is Employer Engagement.

    Applicants must be a Canadian community based organization, or have one as an active partner.

    The grand prize is a 3-day registration package for this year’s 27th annual Futures Conference including free registration, accommodation, meals and up to $1000 travel subsidy. The Futures Conference is Canada’s largest annual professional development opportunity for professionals working with young people seeking employment. The conference is a three-day event, attracting over 375 delegates from youth employment counselling centres, colleges, the private and public sectors, as well as other community-based organizations. To find out more about the Futures Conference, please visit Futures 2015 will run from October 6th-8th at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, Ontario.

    For more information:

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    An Invitation to Join the Research Exchange Group on Work and Health

    The Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) plans to establish a Research Exchange Group (community-based and academic) on the impacts of employment, unemployment, disability, and other work-related factors on health. The Research Exchange Group on Work and Health will foster collaboration between community partners from employment-related organizations and programs, health system/government partners, students, and academic researchers. Research Exchange Groups meet on a regular basis to share information, identify opportunities to collaborate on research projects, discuss ongoing research, identify funding opportunities, etc.

    You can read about the program here:

    If you would like to join the Research Exchange Group on Work and Health, please RSVP to Rochelle Baker, indicating you would like to be included on the email list.

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