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Your Workplace Conference Interviews, Part 2

Jul
24

July 24, 2013

 


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Today we continue our exploration of what makes a thriving workplace. How to attract and retain staff, especially early career people, so called Gen Ys. What about the link between individual and organizational wellness? The costs, risks and benefits associated with a healthy and engaged workforce was the focus of Your Workplace conference 2013, and I was pleased to be there to capture short interviews with top speakers.

To make sense of it all, I’m joined today by Human Resources expert Angie Bjornson. Angie is Founder and President of talent management firm Bjornson & Associates and is a Certified Human Resources Professional. She has 15+ years in Human Resources and Education Management roles within education and service, including public and private post-secondary, associations, talent agencies and service industry. Angie is also Faculty member at the Canadian Management Centre. Most recently Angie has been working at the crossroads of career management and employee engagement.

Part 1 was broadcast July 3, 2013. Today’s Part 2 guests include:
YWC_speak_CL YWC_speak_KDYWC_speak_HTChristine Lucy, Robert Half International

Karen Duffy, Wellness Direct

Heather Turnbull, partner at Lanaverde

Ben Skelton, Adam Crandell, Habanero Consulting

 

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

Animals and Attractions: Working at the Toronto Zoo

Jul
17

July 17, 2013

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cute-baby-zoo-animalsCurious about what it’s like to work in the animal attractions industry? Hear stories from Zoo Keepers, Veterinarians and Directors from Jungle Cat World and the Bowmanville Zoo to learn about what it takes to be successful in this multifaceted career. Ever wondered about a career in events? The Director of Education, Conservation and Events at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada tells exciting stories and insights from her unique career in attractions, and what Toronto’s newest attraction has in store for us this coming September!

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

Your Workplace Conference Interviews, Part 1

Jul
04

July 3, 2013

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Today we explore what makes a thriving workplace. Where is worklife balance to be found? What about a positive work culture? The costs, risks and benefits associated with a healthy and engaged workforce was the focus of Your Workplace conference 2013, and I was pleased to be there to capture short interviews with top speakers. Part 2 is July 24, 2013. Part 1 guests include:

Linda Duxbury, Professor at Carleton University

Heather Steinson, Health and Wellness Senior Specialist, Sunlife Financial

Caterina Sanders, Habanero Consulting

Maria Vandenhurk & Corollo Moore – Banyan Consulting

Laura Pratt, National Practice Leader Of Organizational Health, Great West Life Assurance Company

Vera Asanin, Publisher, Your Workplace

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

Walk & Talk – We’ll lead this for your staff

Jul
02

WALK TORONTO’S URBAN NATURE & TALK ABOUT HOW IT INSPIRES YOU – EXPLORE SECRETS OF TORONTO’S DON VALLEY WITH CAREERCYCLES

Toronto is blessed with beautiful natural surroundings – ravines, woods, rivers (both above and buried), creeks, and a Great Lake that nourishes the city.  This walk is for anyone who wants to make the most of Toronto’s natural setting and engage in conversations about how our lives, work and nature intersect and inform us.DonValleyCycling_15

I liked the prompts to observe nature, and the invitation to make the connection between nature, and my life and career. -participant

Our walking route takes us through amazing and little known pathways along the Don River: enjoy a wildflower preserve, learn about a life-giving wetland, see what happens as a forest grows where a paper mill once stood, cross two bridges, scope out a secret cycling route, hear the rush of rapids, thrill to the sights and sounds of hawks and salmon, engage all your senses with nature in the city.

This walk is an active experience designed to evoke clarity and energetic purpose about your life and career, featuring FOUR linked components:

  • Encounters with the natural world right in your backyard!
  • Natural and municipal history with information shared in the moment
  • People-to-people experience with your fellow walkers
  • Conversations and reflections inspired by nature and facilitated during the walk, and how these conversations matter to your life and career

Outcomes…

  • Holistic and integrated view of self in the world
  • A felt sense of harmony and wellbeing
  • A shift in belief that the future is welcoming, not a hostile, anxiety-producing or fearful place

I got a sense of renewal, more relaxed from nature connection and a reminder of what’s important to me. -participant

It was lovely and meditative. I really appreciated the opportunity to explore a new part of the city and meet new people. -participant

Date: Contact us to select a date for your staff, team or employees, mid-April to mid-November, weekdays or weekends.

Time: three hours, e.g. 10 am – 1 pm

Start and End Point: Todmorden Mills back parking lot at 67 Pottery Road  (see map)

Public Transit Directions:

  • Go to Broadview Station (subway station 3 stops east of Yonge)
  • Get on any bus (not a streetcar), and get off at Mortimer/Pottery Rd. (at Dairy Queen).  Or you can walk from Broadview Station,  approx. 10 mins.
  • Turn left and walk downhill on sidewalk on Pottery Rd.
  • Continue down to Todmorden Mills entrance (Fantasy Farm sign on the right)
  • Turn left into Todmorden Mills entrance and proceed to back parking lot.

Driving:   see Google Maps for location and directions

Attire: Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking for 1-2 hours.  Wear clothing appropriate for the day’s weather.  Bring a hat for sun, or an umbrella for sprinkling rain.  Be prepared to walk for one hour or more, with frequent stops.

Level of difficulty and Accessibility:  Must be physically able to walk for approx. 1-2 hours. There is one very long and steep hill.  There will be curbs and steps (not wheelchair accessible)

What to bring: Sunscreen, water bottle, hat, snack.

About your leaders: Led by Pat Parisi, CareerCycles Associate and Mark Franklin, president and practice leader of CareerCycles – leaders of over 600 participants on 50+ trips, retreats, walks and service learning journeys.

Cost: Contact us for pricing for your group or organization.

Space limited to 15 people.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

 

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