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Sep
30

Cultural Idiosyncrasies: Rural Alberta vs. Mexico

Posted by: in Central East, Central West, Uncategorized

I am blogging from Mexico and thought I would share some thoughts on cultural similarities and differences between rural Alberta and sunny Playa de Carmen. Although I am away it is hard to forget that the launch of KnowledgeConnector.ca just transpired and how exciting the implications this will have for rural Albertans in the nonprofit/voluntary sector. So let me share some observations on the idiosyncrasies that rural Alberta and Mexico share and why my excitement about the new phase of knowledgeconnector.ca is growing.

Rural Albertans are smart and hardworking yet know how to slow the pace of life down in comparison to urban centres. Like Mexicans, many realize the value of taking time to slow down. In general, I see many Albertans, like myself, working hard to do a great job and invest in their community. In Playa, I also witness a culture of very hardworking people. That may sound surprising as Mexico is known to have a culture that is relaxed and involves siestas, time on the beach and slack work hours.

Now, don’t get me wrong, rural Alberta most definitely contains organizations that are moving along as fast or faster than their urban counter parts. And the same goes for some Mexican organizations. In general though, the pace seems slower from an outsider’s perspective. But, that does not mean that there is less work going on. In fact, the opposite may be true. Here in Play de Carmen, I see the street vendors and workers working extremely hard, albeit on their shorter work days. They are so motivated and determined to offer only the best to all of their clients and customers. On the same token, I see rural Albertans working just as hard to offer their best to their organization and community.

An advantage Alberta now has over Playa de Carmen, is that we are now able to work even smarter using the A.S.K. Leadership Assessment online via KnowledgeConnector.ca. We can learn how to work smarter rather than harder by utilizing our assessed leadership skills. We can then learn how to strengthen our leadership gaps to do our job more efficiently so that we can do our job at a pace that does not burn us out. Yes, balance is the key to success in both the Mexican and Rural Alberta cultures and now we just learned how to do it even better.

If you haven’t filled out the online A.S.K. Leadership Assessment yet get started! If you would like to have an A.S.K. Leadership Assessment workshop facilitated for your board or staff give me a shout so you can get started on working more efficiently with your leadership skill set to make time for your siesta.

Victoria Poschadel | p: 780-945-6134 | e: victoria.poschadel@knowledgeconnector.ca

 

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Sep
21

Check out the People Who Make it all Possible

Posted by: in Global News, Uncategorized

Watch the KnowledgeConnector Project Manager and Volunteer Alberta’s Communication Director go over the finer points of KnowledgeConnector and how it is transforming Alberta’s nonprofit/voluntary sector. Stay tuned for other videos of your local Regional Capacity Coordinators coming soon.

Knowledge Connector – Launch from Volunteer Alberta on Vimeo.

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Sep
15

September 19 | Join Us

Posted by: in Global News

On September 19th, KnowledgeConnector.ca connects Alberta’s nonprofit organizations to learning and professional leadership like never before.


Through iCCAN video conferencing technology, Jann Beeston, Chair of the Rural Alberta Development Fund Board, General Manager Campus Alberta Central, and Masters Candidate in Leadership at Royal Roads University will officially unveil the Knowledge Connector project from Hanna through iCCAN technology.

Throughout Alberta, regional influencers will gather to celebrate the nonprofit sector’s new, revolutionary tool.  On behalf of the Volunteer Alberta board and staff, KnowledgeConnector staff invites you to join them and add the following information into your calendar.

Provincial Launch

The provinial launch will be broadcast live from 11:00 – noon at the following locations. To join us RSVP by following the links below.

RSVP at Hanna Learning Centre, 401 Centre Street, Hanna AB, T0J 1P0
RSVP at Medicine Hat Volunteer Centre, 954 South Railway Street SE, Medicine Hat, T1A 2W2
RSVP at Grande Prairie Volunteer Service Bureau, Unit 103, 9823 116 Ave, Grande Prairie, T8V 4B4
RSVP at Vegmin Learning Society, 4923 50th Street, Vegreville, T6C 1R4
RSVP at Volunteer Edmonton, Unit 400, 10025 106 Street, Edmonton, T5J 1G4
RSVP at Literacy Alberta, 3060 17th Ave SW, Calgary, T3E 7G8
RSVP at CiRS, Red Deer, 4728 Ross Street, Red Deer, T4N 1X2

Or, visit the following locations to watch the Provincial Knowledge Connector Broadcast:

High Level – Community Futures
Hinton – Hinton Adult Learning Society
Lethbridge – Volunteer Lethbridge
Rocky Mountain House – RDC Confluence Campus
Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) – Volunteer Wood Buffalo

To get involved in other local launch events held during the launch week contact your local Regional Capacity Coordinator.

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Sep
11

Big news in one week and counting….

Posted by: in North West

Knowledgeconnector.ca Launch Week September 19– 23

KnowledgeConnector.ca connects Alberta’s on-profit organizations to learning and professional leadership opportunities like never before.

I want to take this opportunity to personally invite the North West to the official launch of one of Volunteer Alberta’s most innovative projects
impacting on-profit/voluntary sector organizations throughout the province Monday September 19th 11:00 AM.

Through iCCAN video conferencing technology, Jann Beeston, Chair of the Rural Alberta Development Fund Board, General Manager Campus Alberta Central, and Masters Candidate in Leadership at Royal Roads University will officially unveil the Knowledge Connector project from Hanna through iCCAN technology.

In honour of the launch, the North West region will have events throughout the week enabling you to discover how you can personally benefit from the full capabilities of KnowledgeConnector.ca. You will be able to use the online A.S.K Assessment to determine what Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge would personally benefit you and your organization to help make you the leader you were always meant to be. Access courses, training, and other learning opportunities in Alberta’s rural communities. This will truly be the “one-stop-shop” that enables you to locate
a wide range of professional development and leadership opportunities – with just a few clicks of the mouse

To attend the provincial launch cohosted by myself and the Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau go to www.gpvsb.com and click on events calendar to RSVP.

To attend one of the following events during Launch Week simply give me a call.

  • September 19th Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau (GPVSB)

10:30 Am                             Meet and Greet (coffee and snacks provided)

11:00 am to 12:00 pm      Launch with Jann Beeston, Followed by Q& A with KnowledgeConnecto project manager                                                                                          Toby Rabinovitz

12:00 – 2:00 PM               FREE ASK Workshop

  • September 19                  11:00 am – 12:00 pm    Hinton AB. Community Adult Learning Launch Day Viewing (803 Switzer Dr.)
  • September 19                   11:00am  - 12:00 pm    High Level AB. Community Futures Launch Day Viewing (9810 99th St.)
  • September 22                  4:30 – 6:30 pm               Grande Cache AB. Launch Open House  & FREE ASK Workshop (Recreation Center                                                                          Curling Lounge – snacks and refreshments provided)
  • September 23                  1:00 – 3:00 pm  Jasper  AB. Launch Open House & FREE ASK Workshop @ Habitat for the Arts                                                              (Provincial Building Upstairs)

I look forward to connecting with you at one of the upcoming events. For further information or to RSVP call me 1.780.827.1464 or email: yvonne.rempel@knowledgeconnector.ca

Sincerely,

YVONNE REMPEL

North West Regional Capacity Coordinator

www. KnowledgeConnector.ca

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Sep
10

September 19-23 | Things are going to change

Posted by: in Central West

That’s right folks. September 19-23, 2011 is launch week for the second phase of KnowledgeConnector.ca.

KnowledgeConnector.ca will connect Alberta’s non-profit organizations to learning and professional leadership like never before. You will be able to use the online A.S.K Assessment to determine what Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge would personally benefit you and your organization to help make you the leader you were always meant to be. Access courses, training, and other learning opportunities in Alberta’s rural communities. This will truly be the “one-stop-shop” that enables you to locate a wide range of professional development and leadership opportunities – with just a few clicks of the mouse.

In honor of the launch, the Central West region will have events throughout the week enabling you to discover how you can personally benefit from the full capabilities of KnowledgeConnector.ca. To attend the provincial launch in Hanna, AB click here to view more details or click here to RSVP.

To attend one of the following events simply give me a call.

  • September 19: CiRS, Red Deer, 4728 Ross Street, Red Deer, AB 11-12pm via iCCAN – RSVP
  • September 20: Website Presentation,  10-11am, Ponoka Interagency,  5102 – 48 Avenue Ponoka, AB
  • September 20: Website Presentation, 3-4pm, Bow Valley Interagency, location TBA, Bow Valley, AB

I look forward to connecting with all of you at one of the upcoming events!!

Victoria Poschadel | p: 780.945.6134 | victoria.poschadel@knowledgeconnector.ca

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