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Who-What-Where-When-Why Regarding KnowledgeConnector

Posted by: in North West, Uncategorized

Over the last 14 months, 5 Regional Capacity Coordinators (RCC) have been tasked with “spreading the word” of KnowledgeConnector and the benefits it provides to rural Alberta. Lets recap…

  • What are they?

The KnowledgeConnector initiative is designed around 6 leadership competencies: Big Picture Thinking, Planning and Organizing, Strategic Thinking, Management and Governance, Self Awareness and Development and Relationship Building.

  • How do we accomplish this task?

RCC have been traveling throughout their respective regions (mine has been the North West) facilitating presentations and A.S.K. Leadership Assessment workshops.

  • Who did we target?

Meeting with Community Adult Learning Councils, FCSS, Government Agencies, local and regional interagencies and one-on-one meetings with various community groups and organizations.

  • Were have we been?

KnowledgeConnector’s focus has been to target rural Alberta (rural meaning anything outside of Edmonton and Calgary)

  • Why KnowledgeConnector?

Designed to link rural Alberta’s non-profit and volunteer organizations to leadership and training opportunities via a click of the mouse – focus is directed towards rural organizations that have limited funding and resources to provide training and development to their staff and volunteers. As well, RCC’s are advocates in the field to provide education and awareness of the various projects and programs Volunteer Alberta has to offer the sector.

So have we done our job as RCC’s? Have we linked our region or communities to learning and training opportunities? Have we identified the various learning providers who populate our website with those training opportunities? Are our learning opportunities accessible? Do we have a  wide variety of learning opportunities posted that attract various learners.?

KnowledgeConnector has been a “team” approach from Volunteer Alberta, the KnowledgeConnector Project Manager and Program Coordinator, Web Design and support to us out in the field. As we head into the last month as regional capacity coordinators, these are just some of the questions that are being asked around the table.

We have made thousands of contacts throughout Rural Alberta crisscrossing over 12 different sectors. Bottom line have we done our job? Where do we go from here? Evaluation and feedback!

The key to the success or continuation of any project relies on the evaluation and feedback from the consumer or client, in this case the “learner”. We would like to hear from you! Here are some questions we have for you?

Have you been on the KnowledgeConnector website? Is the KnowledgeConnector website user-friendly? Are you a registered Learning Provider? Have you accessed a learning opportunity from the website? Is there a variety of learning opportunities to choose from? Have you participated in an A.S.K. workshop on-line? Has KnowledgeConnector helped you create a personalized learning plan designed to develop or enhance your leadership skills?

Please send your feedback or questions to our KnowledgeConnector Program Coordinator, or call 780.497.4780

Lets Stay Connected…

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What Defines Leadership?

Posted by: in Central East, Uncategorized

Leadership development is an ongoing process. It is a process that takes initiative, dedication and sincerity. KnowledgeConnector understands that and is here to work with you to reach your leadership goals on an ongoing basis.

But what exactly is leadership? What is leadership development? Who is an example of a leader? Are you a leader? Am I a leader?

Last week I hosted a Learning Provider Forum in Hanna to get some feedback on how we can better serve our clients. We discussed what leadership is, who leaders are and what leadership development is. One big ah-ha moment we all had centered around the definition of a leader. I think many people find that word intimidating. We wonder, as volunteers, employees and contributors to our community, if we might deserve such a prestigious title.

The Webster Dictionary defines the word leader as: the quality of character and personality giving a person the ability to gain the confidence of and lead others. Here at KnowledgeConnector we see leaders as people. People who volunteer, work and commit to creating positive changes in their communities. They are mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, grandparents and great grandparents. YOU are a leader. WE are leaders.

So now that we know we are leaders we need to move forward and enhance the skills we already have and maybe develop some new ones.

Let’s start becoming better leaders starting now. Book a leadership assessment workshop with me or take the online A.S.K. Leadership Assessment. Then take advantage of the excellent learning opportunities available here.

Victoria Poschadel | 780.945.6134 |

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Hanna Learning Centre Steps Up To The Plate…Again!

Posted by: in Central East, Global News, Uncategorized

I have mentioned in previous blogs how great Hanna, AB is at promoting and engaging in Leadership Development. This impression has primarily come from my experience working with the Hanna Learning and Volunteer Centre.

From the first day I met Doray Veno, the Executive Director of the Hanna Learning Centre, I was impressed. The entire organization is more than willing to build their leadership skills while sharing their learning’s with the residents in Hanna. This was demonstrated by their participation on not one, but two A.S.K. Leadership Assessment Workshops. After the first workshop they jumped on board and developed a learning plan that matched their common leadership learning goals.

Shortly after the workshop, leaders of the Hanna Learning Centre team expanded their skills through the webinar, Daring to Lead 2011: Leadership Development & Support for Nonprofit Leaders featuring Marla Cornelius.

The Hanna Learning Centre is continuing to embrace a culture of continuous professional development by following their learning plan. The Hanna Volunteer and Learning Centre prioritizes their learning in their organization which in turn develops their organizational capacity, inspires staff to become better professionals, and allows them all to lead their community by building healthier communities.

Recently, they took on one more major step to help build their community by becoming the host site for a KnowledgeConnector Learning Provider Forum. If you organization has a mandate to enhance leadership skills in the nonprofit/voluntary sector and would like to increase exposure and registration numbers for your courses and learning opportunities join us at the Hanna Learning Centre, 401 Street, Hanna on Friday – January 27 from 1:00 – 4:00PM. Educational institutions, private consultants, learning councils and the like are welcome!

At the event you will see what has made the Hanna Learning Centres such an inspirational organization, enjoy solid networking and learn of an excellent marketing opportunity.

To RSVP follow this link:

If you have any questions or would like to know more give me a shout.

Victoria Poschadel | 780.945.6134 |

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Leadership Development: The Key to Success

Posted by: in Central East, Uncategorized

Do you have what it takes to be a great leader? Leadership development can seem like a daunting task. It does after all; take 6 attitudes, skills and knowledge to be a great well rounded leader. However, leadership comes in many forms. Leadership does not only require one person to stand up and have all 6 competencies.

Take the RE-AMP network for example. RE-AMP is an engaged and active network of nonprofits and foundations working on reducing global warming emissions by 80 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2050. This group of leaders have conjoined to reach their big hairy audacious goal, (otherwise known as a BHAG, coined by Jim Collins). This network of leaders has been extremely successful and is on target with their big hairy audacious goal.

The art of relationship building and networking, noted as one of the 6 competencies that make an effective leader in the non-profit/voluntary sector, is crucial to success.

To learn about the six principles that RE-AMP utilized in quest and attainment of leadership, with a particular focus on network leadership, and to learn how to build aligned action networks powerful enough to tackle major social challenges check out a webinar offered by the Leadership Learning Community. For more information on this webinar offered on December 6 click here.

There are many leadership development opportunities out there and improving your great leadership skills is only a click of the mouse away. This is why is here. We are here to help you be the leader you were always meant to be.

Many learning providers such as Adult Learning Councils, private consultants, educational institutions and nonprofit/volunteer and government groups exist and are out there to help you attain your leadership goals. If you are a learning provider and would like to extend your reach to the thousands who visit register today.

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