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Contact Point is proud to be celebrating its one year anniversary!
And what a year it has been! From our launch in 1997 at the January NATCON, with what had started as an idea with several volunteers only months earlier, and gaining the support of The Counselling Foundation of Canada, to creating a national Board of Directors, an infrastructure and expanding its support of career counsellors and practitioners across Canada, to our second NATCON presentation in January 1998, we have traveled many paths with a dedicated crew of supporters and volunteers.
In the summer of 1996, a small group of career counselling practitioners came together to create a web site designed by career counsellors to serve the unique needs of our profession. We received support from The Counselling Foundation of Canada, who immediately recognized the pivotal role a web site would have in providing a needed resource to career counsellors and career development practitioners across our vast country – resources that are often so difficult to find and access. This group of volunteers worked diligently through the summer and fall designing the site and having it beta-tested by practitioners across Canada (and some internationally). With changes implemented, we were ready to launch at the NATCON 1997 and demonstrated the site live! We were overwhelmed by the support from our colleagues and set about to expand and include even more supports in the site.
Over the past year, we have continued to expand as more resources were identified, new community partners joined us, activity increased in the discussion groups, “hits” increased significantly from users in Canada and career consultants from all over the world. On the administrative front, we hired an Executive Director, expanded our Board of Directors while all the original volunteers continued with an active role on the Board, created a supporting infrastructure including incorporation and set down the road to become a registered charity. We launched the Contact Point Bulletin for an initial readership of over 1000 counsellors and practitioners, many of whom did not have on-line access.
On a daily basis, more and more career counsellors and practitioners are accessing the site for information and for that all too important networking with colleagues that enhances our ability to serve our clients needs. Our outreach continues as Board Members and Contact Point participate in conferences across Canada, and distribute promotional materials at various international career management conferences attended by members of our Board and other volunteers. We are delighted our voluntary Board brings expertise in the not-for-profit, post secondary education and private sectors. We also continue to expand the volunteer input through the Contact Point Team, including committees, beta-testers, and submissions to the Bulletin.
Moving forward, our vision of our future is to continue to provide a forum where counsellors and practitioners can come to discuss relevant issues, share thoughts and experiences, highlight their individual and collective expertise, and access tools they can use to assist their clients more effectively. To this end, we will continue to investigate partnerships with various resources and agencies so that we can work in concert and improve our ability to meet the changing needs of counsellors and practitioners in a timely manner.
There are many, many people to thank for the past year of success:
- The Counselling Foundation of Canada
- our volunteer beta-testers – practitioners who give us essential feedback on site and content development
- contributors to Contact Point Bulletin
- partnering organizations
- members of the Board of Directors
- all those who provide us with important feedback so that we may be at the forefront of meeting the needs of career counsellors
- and of course, all our colleagues who use the site.
Please send your comments and suggestions to ContactPoint; there are a number of ways to reach us:
Our mailing address:
18 Spadina Rd., Suite 200
Toronto, ON. M5R 2S7
All submitted materials become the property of the Contact Point Bulletin. We reserve the right to edit all submissions for length and content. Views expressed by practitioners are not necessarily those of Contact Point. Mention of programs, services, products and initiatives is not an endorsement of these items.
Contact Point is supported by The Counselling Foundation of Canada.