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  • #23641
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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.

    Scroll down – newest items are at the bottom.


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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

  • #33897
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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

  • #35318
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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

  • #36333
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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.”

    Read more



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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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    The Canadian Women’s Foundation is accepting proposals for Girls’ Fund Grants for 2016-2020

    Canadian Women’s Foundation is Canada’s national public foundation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. We fund women’s organizations across Canada that are using the most effective approaches to ending violence against women, moving women out of poverty, and building strong, resilient girls. We give particular priority to funding work with women, children and girls who face multiple challenges.

    The Girls’ Fund grants are intended to support community programs or networks designed to increase protective factors in girls aged 9 to 13 – such as confidence, critical thinking skills, social connectedness, and overall resilience. Organizations can apply for one of the following types of grants:

    Girls program involving weekly programming for girls
    Girls group mentoring involving formal mentoring, matching small groups of girls with one mentor or team of mentors
    Combined girls program and girls group mentoring
    Network activities involving building the capacity of girls serving organizations across a region or nationally
    We will select up to 28 grants to a maximum of $40,000 per year for four years. Initiatives must work with girls aged 9 to 13 and be inclusive of all gender expression.

    The application guidelines and questions are available on the Foundation website (


    If you have any questions please contact:

    Beth Malcolm
    Director, Girls’ Fund

    Samantha Cochrane
    Manager, Girls’ Mentoring

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    The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association has launched the Career Counsellor Practitioner Grant for applied research projects

    The Career Counsellors (CC) Chapter of the CCPA recognizes that for career counsellors who
    are practitioners-in-the-field, there is limited support to conduct applied research projects in
    the counselling workplace. Many of our chapter members are practitioners who work daily in
    the field of career counselling in communities across Canada. These career practitioners
    completed their counsellor training earlier in their career and may not currently have the
    financial support to conduct research. Yet, our members indicate to us that there is profound
    value in, and need for, evidence accruing from work within the career counselling profession.
    The CC Chapter recognizes the importance of this work and would like to acknowledge the
    significant contribution it makes to the field.

    In this, the 50th anniversary year of the CCPA, the CC Chapter has instituted a small grant fund
    ($500 – $1500) to promote the value, importance, and results of applied research performed by
    career counsellors in the community and/or workplace. These applied research initiatives may
    consist, for example, of small exploratory projects with an evaluation component; pilot
    proposals with specific career-related criteria; online surveys or assessments surveys with
    outcome measures; a needs assessment study of a particular career issue involving a specific
    demographic population, or other initiatives.

    The Career Counsellor Practitioner’s Grant program has been approved to be piloted for 2016,
    2017, and 2018, whereupon the Chapter membership will vote at the 2018 Chapter AGM
    whether to continue the grant program. The CC Chapter will award on a competitive annual
    basis one funding grant per year. The applications for this grant will be reviewed by the
    Chapter Executive and they will determine that year’s award winner.
    The criteria for submission, evaluation, and the associated dates for the Career Counsellor
    Practitioner’s Grant can be found on our Chapter website at

    As part of the practitioner’s acceptance of the grant they
    are encouraged to disseminate some of their research findings to the members of the Chapter,
    either through a presentation at the CCPA annual conference, submission of a blog article to be
    published on the Chapter’s blogsite, or to by hosting a CCPA webinar on their research topic.
    This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the CCPA and it is fitting that 2015 would mark the
    initiation of this new funding opportunity within the Career Counsellors Chapter of our
    national organization. The benefits of this initiative include the opportunity for the CC Chapter
    to herald the future of career counselling in Canada for the next 50 years. This initiative
    provides a distinctive way that our chapter can support our members and highlight the new
    directions that are being sought for career counselling in Canada. As well, this opportunity
    provides an ongoing marketing opportunity for the Chapter in 2015 and beyond in several
    formats including media, social media, publications, and future conference activity.

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    The Nova Scotia Career Development Association (NSCDA) welcomes presentation proposals for our 18th Annual Conference.
    Sessions will be held on June 2nd and 3rd, 2016 at White Point Beach Resort, Nova Scotia.

    Please go to to download the Call for Presenters form and fill it out electronically.

    Once completed, please send your proposal via email to Paulina Alfaro, Conference Committee Chair to

    If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at the above email or call me at 902.832.0335

    We look forward to receiving your proposals!

    Paulina Alfaro
    Member Relations Coordinator
    Chair, 2016 NSCDA Conference Planning Committee

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    Career Decision-Making of Indigenous and Immigrant Youth

    The purpose of this research project is to give Indigenous and immigrant youth who feel they are doing well in making career decisions an opportunity to describe their experiences. It also provides individuals with an opportunity to discuss what has helped or hindered them in doing well with making career decisions.

    The Principal Investigator for this study is Dr. Bill Borgen, Professor in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia, 604-822-5261

    We would be interested in hearing your experience of changes affecting your work IF:
    • You are aged 25 – 35 years; and
    • You identify as Indigenous OR is an immigrant who moved to Canada when you were between 13 to 17 years of age; and
    • You identify as doing well with your career decision-making; and
    • You are willing to talk about your career decision-making experiences in an interview lasting between 1.5 to 2.5 hours and a follow-up interview for 30 minutes; and
    • You are fluent in written and spoken English.

    You will receive a gift card of $25 to thank you for your participation.

    If you would like to participate, or would like further information about this study, please contact Deepak Mathew by email at or by phone at 778-680-7499

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    Redirection: New Career Directions for Canadians over 50 – Story Contest

    A CERIC funded study out of York University is looking for stories of people over 50 who have changed career directions. If this sounds like you, or someone you know, please share your story at by March 25, 2016.

    Please email with questions.

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    Statistics Canada hiring for Census collection

    Statistics Canada is hiring approximately 35,000 employees across the country to work on the collection phase of the 2016 Census which will take place in May 2016. Staff are required for a variety of supervisory and non-supervisory positions between March and the end of July 2016. These jobs are ideal for students, recently retired persons, stay-at-home parents, and those wanting to supplement their income.

    Applications are now being accepted for the following 2016 Census jobs:

    Census jobs across Canada
    Supervisory and non-supervisory jobs in neighbourhoods and communities in all urban and rural areas of the country (35,000 jobs).

    Early enumeration jobs
    Supervisory and non-supervisory jobs in remote areas of the far north, as well as in some communities in northern Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and Labrador.

    Census Data Operations Centre
    Data processing and Census Help Line jobs in Gatineau, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario (1,400 jobs).
    Note: The Data Operations Centre positions have a separate application process than other census jobs.

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    Call for original articles on the theory, practice, and research on creative methods used in guidance and counselling practices for a special International Symposium issue of the British Journal of Guidance & Counselling

    The use of creative methods in counselling and guidance can have many benefits in helping people to become more whole and fully functioning. Creative methods can enhance both the well-being of people as well as help them recognise and engage in responding to life and work opportunities.

    Submission instructions

    We invite authors to share their knowledge and expertise in the application of creative methods.

    Examples of creative methods may include:

    1. Poetry Therapy
    2. Storytelling
    3. Composition work
    4. Art making/art therapy
    5. Music therapy
    6. Clay, sculpture
    7. Play/playwriting/role play

    Proposals for the articles should be sent to:

    cc’d to: Liane Hambly and Reinekke Lengelle.

    Proposals should include the title, an abstract of no more than 500 words and names of authors, including contact details for the corresponding author and should be submitted by 1st June 2016.

    Once your proposal is fully considered, the editors will send you guidelines and further details. Full papers will be requested for submission until 1st October 2016 but should be submitted earlier, if possible.

    Proposals should include the title, an abstract of no more than 500 words and names of authors, including contact details for the corresponding author and should be submitted by 1st June 2016.

    Once your proposal is fully considered, the editors will send you guidelines and further details. Full papers will be requested for submission until 1st October 2016 but should be submitted earlier, if possible.

    Click here for more information

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    Correction: Call for original articles on the theory, practice, and research on creative methods used in guidance and counselling practices for a special International Symposium issue of the British Journal of Guidance & Counselling

    Proposals for the articles should be sent to:

    Deirdre Hughes

    cc’d to: Liane Hambly and Reinekke Lengelle.

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    Female-only Pre-apprenticeship Program

    YWCA Toronto has partnered with the Ontario Women’s Directorate and Centennial College to bring you a unique, women-only pre-apprenticeship training program to become a Refrigeration Air Condition System Mechanic.


    -Certified instructors
    -Transportation supports
    -Basic work tools
    -Safety training and equipment
    -Text books
    -Refresher math
    -Women only learning environment


    -16 years women and older
    -Minimum grade 12 math and English or equivalency
    -Resident of and able to work in Ontario
    -Low income eligibility criteria
    -Willing and able to commit to a 23 weeks intensive training program


    -Level 1 Certification (Residential & Air -Conditioning Systems Mechanic)
    -Academic upgrading (math, English, essential skills for the trade)
    -10 weeks Job Placement after training is completed
    -Job readiness training


    Academic Upgrading – 3 weeks

    Monday, May 30 – Friday, June 17 | 9:00 am – 3:00pm | YWCA Scarborough
    English, math, science and essential skills for the trade
    Safety Training – 1 week

    Monday, June 20 – Friday, June 24 | 9:00 am – 3:00pm | YWCA Scarborough
    CPR, First Aid, WHMIS, Fall Arrest, Working at Heights
    Level 1 Refrigeration AC – 8 weeks

    Monday, June 27 – Friday, August 26 | 9am–3pm | Centennial College-Progress Campus Scarborough
    In-class apprenticeship training in Refrigeration AC Systems
    Employment Readiness – 1 week

    Monday, August 29 – Friday, September 2 | 9am–3pm | YWCA Scarborough
    Job readiness including interview skills, self-marketing skills, violence prevention and assertiveness
    Paid Work Placement – 10 weeks

    Tuesday, September 6 – Friday, November 11 | 9am–3pm
    Register TODAY for an information session to secure your spot.

    Only 15 spots are guaranteed!

    Information Session – April
    Friday: April 29 | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    3090 Kingston Rd, Suite 300. Scarborough ON.
    Information Sessions – May
    Tuesdays: May 3, 10, 17, 24 | 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm . 222 Dixon Rd. Etobicoke ON Suite 207
    Wednesdays: May 4, 18 | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    80 Woodlawn Ave. East. Toronto ON
    Fridays: May 6, 13, 20 | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    3090 Kingston Rd, Suite 300. Scarborough ON.
    Make sure you are on our list!

    Contact us for more information or to register: | 416-964-3883

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    Special Issue on Vocational Behavior of Refugees – Call for Papers

    Special Issue in Journal of Vocational Behavior

    Vocational Behavior of Refugees: How do Refugees Seek Employment, Overcome Work-Related Challenges, and Navigate their Careers?

    Guest Editors:

    Alex Newman, Deakin University
    Jenny Bimrose, Warwick University
    Ingrid Nielsen, Deakin University
    Hannes Zacher, Queensland University of Technology

    Scope of the Topic

    Over the last two years we have witnessed the largest migration of refugees in history. As of early 2016 over 4.7 million people have fled the civil war in Syria and the terror regime of the so-called “Islamic State” in both Syria and Iraq, and a significant number presently live in refugee camps in the Middle East (UNHCR, 2016). The effects of this crisis have been immense, not only in neighbouring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, but also in countries such as Greece, Germany, Hungary, and Austria, which are the final destinations for many refugees, and countries which have agreed to resettle smaller numbers of refugees from the conflict zones including Canada and Australia. The government authorities in these countries are in the process of developing policies to deal with the immediate influx of refugees, but also have to think of ways in which to integrate refugees into the mainstream society in the medium to long term.

    Integration into mainstream society is an extremely challenging process for many refugees (Yakushko, Backhaus, Watson, Ngaruiya and Gonzalez, 2008). In addition to applying for asylum status and refugee resettlement and seeking family reunification, and learning the culture and language of the host country, refugees also have to seek employment to support the immediate needs of their families and re-establish a livelihood (Colic-Peisker and Tilbury, 2006). Policy makers have begun to recognize the importance of assisting refugees to obtain employment quickly, as stable employment amongst refugees has been found to reduce welfare dependency and to enhance the educational and health outcomes amongst the children of refugee families (Khoo, 2005; Pernice and Brook, 1996). However, current knowledge of how refugees, practitioners, organizations, and policy makers negotiate these issues is very limited (Morrice, 2011). Very few studies have examined refugees’ vocational behavior, including seeking employment, overcoming work-related challenges and traumata, and navigating careers after leaving their home country. In addition, we have limited understanding as to how organizations, practitioners, and policy makers can best assist refugees in the adaptation process.

    In order to improve our understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by refugees in seeking work, overcoming challenges and traumata, and adapting their careers, this special issue invites articles that answer the following or related questions:

    What are the effects of human, social, and psychological capital in predicting the success of refugees in obtaining and maintaining employment and succeeding in their career?

    What factors influence the career adaptability and career success of refugees, in the post resettlement phase?

    How do refugees navigate their careers (including the identification and exploitation of career opportunities and overcoming career challenges and traumata) after leaving their home countries?

    How do refugees deal with the fact that they cannot always utilize their knowledge, skills, or qualifications post resettlement?

    How does skill under-utilization impact on the psychological wellbeing of refugees at work, and, in turn, how does this influence their relationship with family members and their colleagues?

    How can organizations, leaders, and policy makers assist refugees to find work and maintain employment?

    What factors influence the organizational commitment and job satisfaction of refugees at work?

    What forms of support assist refugees to deal with the challenges they face at work?
    What is the role of volunteers and professionals who support refugees in finding work and navigating their careers?

    Which professional approaches and training programs show most promise?

    We encourage authors to utilize a diversity of methodological approaches (e.g., interview, survey, experience sampling) and theoretical perspectives (e.g., career construction theory, social cognitive career theory, social capital theory, conservation of resources theory, cumulative advantage/disadvantage theory) when developing manuscripts for this special issue. We encourage both the use of quantitative and qualitative methods for empirical papers.


    Colic-Peisker, V., & Tilbury, F. (2006). Employment niches for recent refugees: Segmented labour market in twenty-first century Australia. Journal of Refugee Studies, 19, 203-229.

    Khoo, S.E. (1994). Correlates of welfare dependency among immigrants in Australia. The International Migration Review, 28, 1, 68-92.

    Morrice, L. (2011). Being a refugee: learning and identity: A longitudinal study of refugees in the UK: Staffordshire Sterling, VA: Trentham Books.

    Pernice, R., & Brook, J. (1996). Refugees’ and immigrants’ mental health: Association of demographic and post-immigration factors. Journal of Social Psychology, 136, 4, 511-519.

    UNHCR (2016). Syria Regional Refugee Response, Retrieved 23 February, 2015, from

    Yakushko, O., Backhaus, A., Watson, M., Ngaruiya, K., & Gonzalez, J. (2008). Career development concerns of recent immigrants and refugees. Journal of Career Development, 34, 4, 362-396.

    Timeline and Submission/Review Process

    Interested authors should submit a short proposal (1,000 words maximum) that describes the paper they intend to write. Proposals are due by July 31, 2016. Please send you proposal to Alex Newman (

    Proposals will be reviewed by the guest co-editors and evaluated using the following criteria:

    (a) responsiveness to the call, (b) degree of potential to enhance our understanding of vocational behaviour of refugees, (c) scientific merit, (d) likelihood of successful completion within timeline,
    (e) fit with other submissions, and (f) applicability to journal mission.

    Should your proposal be invited to be submitted as a full paper, authors should submit their full paper online to the Journal of Vocational Behavior via, selecting the special issue portal. All manuscripts will go through full peer review. Please refer to the Guide for Authors before submission (also see below).

    July 31, 2016: Initial manuscript proposals due

    August 31, 2016: Proposals evaluated, invitations for full manuscript submission sent to authors

    February 28, 2017: Full manuscript submission deadline

    Guide for Authors Submitting to the Journal of Vocational Behavior (from Guide for Authors)

    The Journal of Vocational Behavior publishes articles that report empirical research, both quantitative and qualitative, that expands knowledge about vocational choice, work adjustment, and career development across the life-span.

    Editors will consider manuscripts that make significant contributions to the literature in the following areas:

    Studies of vocational choice examining topics such as:

    • Theories of career choice; occupational interests and their measurement
    • The inter-relation of abilities, needs, values, and personality
    • Occupational aspirations and the vocational decision-making process
    • Career adaptability; vocational development processes and stages
    • The effects of culture, demographic variables, and experiential factors on vocational choice and work adjustment
    • Career exploration
    • Job search
    • Organizational socialization.

    Studies of vocational adjustment investigating topics such as:

    • Job performance and satisfaction
    • Career success;
    • Theories of work adjustment
    • Adult vocational development and career patterns
    • Organizational commitment and job involvement
    • Multiple-role management
    • Work-role salience
    • Work-leisure relations
    • Midlife career change
    • Occupational re-entry and transition from work to retirement.

    The journal also publishes research on career interventions; mentoring; and psychometric research that reports the construction and initial validation of new inventories as well as studies that evaluate the reliability and validity of instruments that measure career related constructs.

    Manuscripts may be desk rejected (i.e. rejected without editorial review) for the following reasons:

    • Outside the scope of the journal as outlined above
    • Significant flaws in writing style, structure or language (please see APA style guide
    • Does not make a substantive contribution to the field due to, for example, limited theoretical or practical relevance, or has an outdated review of literature
    • Substantial overlap with other manuscripts (any prior use of data must be clearly stated, see ‘Prior publication of data’ section below).

    Please note that submitted manuscripts must not exceed 40 double-spaced pages including all references, tables, and figures. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the editor for certain studies, please enquire about this before you submit your manuscript. The Journal normally publishes empirical articles but will occasionally invite reviews or conceptual articles. Uninvited conceptual manuscripts must make a substantive theoretical contribution, and should be sent to the author for consideration before submission. The Editor will also consider proposals for special issues on one of the above topics.

    Prior publication of data

    Prior publication of data in manuscripts should be clearly stated in the covering letter, including detail of any articles currently ‘in press’ or being considered for publication which use the data. Authors may include a table of variables, instruments, and/or participants from this study that have been published elsewhere.

    For further details, please see the Guide for Authors

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    Enroll in IWES now – Intake beings on Monday June 6th – there are a few seats remaining!”

    The Information and Communication Technology Council’s (ICTC) Integrated Work Experience Strategy (IWES) Program helps talented Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs), like yourself, become employed and fully integrated into the Canadian workforce.

    ICTC’s IWES Program is an employment preparation program for “employment-ready” newcomer IT/ICT professionals seeking to continue their career in Canada! The program features 3 weeks of full-time training plus 3 months of coaching – where each professional is uniquely matched with a sector coach to assist them in securing ICT employment.

    IWES Program graduates have had amazing results – Over 85% of our program graduates have landed jobs commensurate with their skills and experience.

    The IWES Program fee is $399.00 plus HST. Newcomer IT/ICT professionals who attend the program get the following IWES Program Benefits:
    Insight into the ICT Sector in Canada
    IT/ICT – specific employment readiness workshops
    Customized Resume and job interview preparation for the Canadian job market
    Personalized support from experienced staff
    Bonus – SCRUM Fundamentals certification
    Matched with a coach to support them through to employment

    The next session of ICTC’s Integrated Work Experience Strategy (IWES) Program begins on June 6, 2016 and we still have a couple of spots available.

    Our request is that you share the news with interested candidates and encourage them to visit our website and to complete the online application form!

    For your information – the IWES Program is open to internationally trained and experienced IT/ICT professionals who:
    • have lived in Canada for less than 5 years
    • have Permanent Resident or Convention Refugee status and are eligible to work in Canada
    • have Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment: CLB 7-8
    • have a minimum of 2 years recent and relevant experience in the IT/ICT field
    • are available for 3 weeks of full-time training in Toronto

    Please share this news with your network!

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    Career Development program at Concordia University of Edmonton being phased out

    The Career Development program is no longer accepting new students and the program is being phased out. If you are an existing student and are interested in pursuing additional courses to complete your certificate or diploma, please contact Philipa Hardy at (780) 378-8461 or

    Please note that existing students are required to submit their intention to complete additional courses through a student survey, obtained from Philipa Hardy, prior to February 29, 2016. Priority for additional courses will be given to students who both complete the survey on time and who have been active in the program since 2013.

    Existing students who have been approved to pursue additional courses in the program, have until September 30, 2016 to submit course registrations and until March 31, 2017 to complete all course work, as per the course completion timelines listed in the Career Development calendar.

    The Career Development Association of Alberta has been in contact with Concordia University of Edmonton regarding transfer options for students who may not be able to complete their program prior to the March 31, 2017 deadline.

    They have provided the following information regarding how transfer credit requests are handled within and among post-secondary institutions:

    When a receiving institution gets a transfer request from a student or applicant, the receiving institution does an assessment and determines whether transfer credit/advanced standing is awarded. This is done internally at each post-secondary institution receiving the request. Courses are reviewed and evaluated based on the similarity of the course(s) offered at the receiving institution. Some courses have formal transfer agreements between institutions (e.g. Alberta Transfer Guide), others are reviewed on a case by case basis through the institution’s Admissions and/or Registrar’s Office. Once a request for transfer credit is received, it is assessed, often in consultation with the program chair or department head, to determine how similar the course(s) may be to the courses offered at the receiving institution. The institution then determines whether credits is awarded.

    The University of Calgary and Athabasca University both have pre-approved programs for the CCDP designation. The CDAA has reached out to them regarding transfer options:
    • The University of Calgary has advised that any students wishing to transfer course work from Concordia University of Edmonton to the Career and Academic Advising Certificate (120 hour program) or the Certificate in Adult Learning Specializing in Career and Academic Advising(300 hour program) should contact the coordinator for the Adult Learning program at U of C Continuing Education, Jared Andres, at
    • We have not yet heard back from Athabasca University however will provide an update when it is available.

    The CDAA has also reached out to Life Strategies Ltd. as they offer the Career Management Professional Program (CMPP). Yorkville University is the academic home for the Career Management Professional Program (CMPP). The program is designed to meet the professional development needs of career/employment counsellors, career practitioners, human resource management professionals, counsellors, rehabilitation professionals, and practitioners in related fields. Career Development Practitioner (CDP) Essentials (10 courses) is 200 hours of foundational training needed to work in a wide variety of roles and settings within the career development sector and is ideal for those seeking certification through provincial certifying bodies.

    Life Strategies Ltd. is prepared to accept course work from Concordia University of Edmonton and will do so on a case by case basis. To discuss course transfer options please contact Life Strategies at

    For those individuals who are interested in pursuing the CCDP Employment Pathway please note that the required Theories and Ethics courses are available through Athabasca University, Life Strategies Ltd., and Career Professionals of Canada.

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    Changes to the Skills Link program

    Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has launched a national Call for Proposals (CFP) for the Skills Link program. Please consult the “Funding” page of ESDC’s website ( for information on the CFP and on how to apply.

    While the CFP is posted, the continuous intake process will cease and Skills Link funding will be allocated based upon the results of this CFP. The CFP will allow for projects of durations of up to three years.

    As ESDC focuses on modernizing and simplifying the Grants and Contribution processes, applicants may now apply online for funding by way of the Department’s new ‘Grants and Contributions Online System’ (GCOS)

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    Partner for Change: UnLock Job Opportunities for Youth

    Call for Expressions of Interest to be a Virgin Mobile RE*Generation Partner

    Does your organization help at-risk or homeless youth find and keep jobs?

    Do you accomplish this by providing youth with the skills and experience employers are looking for as well as the support and connections to available job opportunities?

    Virgin Mobile RE*Generation is looking to identify and invest in innovative and entrepreneurial youth employment initiatives so as many youth as possible have a meaningful income and a long-term career pathway. Your organization will use our investment to strengthen or scale up your current youth employment initiative.

    Open to charities, non-profits, and social enterprises operating in Canada.

    Deadline is July 12, 2016

    Click here for the full details

    Complete the online Expression of Interest by clicking here:
    Expression of Interest Online Form

    Questions? Email

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