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Sep
23

Culture of Learning in Alberta

Posted by: in Central East, Central West, Uncategorized

Hanna, Ponoka, Bow Valley, Wetaskiwin, Drumheller, Killam – these are some of the places I got to visit this week for our exciting launch of the second phase of knowledgeconnector.ca. The amount of excitement and enthusiasm for the launch of the second phase was outstanding. After 6 celebrations I am most certainly excited for a bit of a break. At the same time though, I am excited and rejuvenated from all of the positive energy and enthusiasm around learning I saw from those I was able to work with.

Let me tell you a bit about the places I visited and why I see such a growing culture of learning in Alberta. First off, I had the honour to be at one of the provincial launch events in Hanna that was broadcast via ICCAN videoconferencing technology. It was exciting to watch Jann Beeston, Chair of the Rural Alberta Development Fund, give her motivational presentation on the importance of continuous learning. Everyone in attendance was also moved which was noted by the thunderous applause after her speech.

While in Wetaskiwin a great group of ladies were able to network and two different organizations were able to book A.S.K. Workshops for their board members. Those who take the initiative to assess their leadership learning priorities definitely believe in continuous learning.

While in traveling and sharing the exciting news about the launch of knowledgeconnector I also received great feedback from interagency groups in Ponoka, Bow Valley and Camrose. The local launch in Drumheller was attended by many who had already taken an ASK Leadership Assessment Workshop and you could just see the enthusiasm of the possibilities it could have for them personal, professionally and for other community groups they work with.

All in all, this week was a bit of a whirlwind but generated a ton of positive opportunities for Albertans in the nonprofit/voluntary sector to grow and spread their passion for continuous learning.

If you are also passionate about continuous learning I encourage you to book a workshop with me to identify your leadership strengths and learning priorities.

Victoria Poschadel | p: 780.945.6134 | e: victoria.poschadel@knowledgeconnectora.ca

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Sep
15

September 19 – 23 | Things are going to change

Posted by: in Central East

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

KnowledgeConnector.ca will connect Alberta’s nonprofit/volunatry 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 East 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: Hanna Provincial Launch Presentation, 11-12pm, 401 Centre St. Hanna Learning Centre, Hanna, AB
  • Septebmer 19: Hanna Open House Launch Celebration, 12 – 1 pm, 401 Centre St. Hanna Learning Centre, Hanna, AB
  • September 21: Wetaskiwin A.S.K. Workshop , 11:30-12:30pm, Wetaskiwin Public Library, 5002 51 Ave, Wetaskiwin, AB
  • September 21: Wetaskiwin A.S.K Leadership Assessment Workshop, 12:30 – 3:00 pm, Wetaskiwin Public Library, 5002 51 Ave, Wetaskiwin, AB
  • September 22: Drumheller Open House Launch, 11-1pm, 224 Centre Street, Public Library, Drumheller, AB
  • September 23: Killam Open House Launch, 10:30-12pm, Flagstaff Community Adult Learning, 5005 50 Street, Killam, AB
  • September 23: Killam A.S.K. Leadership Assessment Workshop 12-2 pm, Flagstaff Community Adult Learning, 5005 50 Street, Killam, 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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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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Sep
09

Creating Awareness for Your Organization

Posted by: in Central East

What a beautiful hot and sunny week! I was lucky to be on the road in Central East Alberta again in such beautiful weather. I did not have the opportunity to visit as many communities as I sometimes do but I did connect with a lot more nonprofit/voluntary sector organizations. This was thanks to the organizers of an event called “2011 Fall Parade of Programs” in Wetaskiwin.

This wonderful event was organized by the Wetaskiwin Community Learning Council and this year had over 50 groups as exhibitors and hundreds of people walk through the doors.  I was lucky to be invited to showcase KnowledgeConnector and had a great booth located right by the front entrance.  The Fall Parade of Programs is put on every year and free space is offered by the Drill Hall on their local Recreation Grounds. It is a beautiful community effort that costs the organizers next to nothing thanks to the free space and the exhibitors doing their own setup and take down.

Besides for creating awareness for all of the great things that community groups are doing, this event also is great for networking amongst the community groups. If you ask me this was an interagency meeting and trade show rolled into one.  It was a fantastic opportunity for me as I was able to connect and promote the upcoming launch and A.S.K. Leadership Assessment for phase two of KnowledgeConnector.ca at the Wetaskiwin Public Library on September 21 from 11-1! I know it was great networking for everyone else as well.

If you would like to create greater awareness for you organization through an event like the Fall Parade of Programs or would like to know more about this one call 780-361-6241 or email info@clcwetaskiwin.ca.

If you would like to attend the launch and/or workshop coming up in Wetaskiwin or a launch event near you give me a shout and I will send all
of the details!

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

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Aug
23

Heading Towards the Launch….

Posted by: in North West

Putting the puzzle pieces of KnowledgeConnector together is no easy task, but that is our mission as Regional Capacity Coordinators. My piece of the puzzle is  working within the NW region of Alberta.

Tomorrow is the start of  the northern trek of  5 day North West  Regional journey, where I will be visiting a variety of communities along the way and putting major miles on my little car. With all the driving I am doing lately, I have grown quite attached to my little Honda civic (I named my car Betty). We have quite the conversations (a little one-sided mind you). I do my best thinking while driving in solitude while singing to 80′s music.  Then there are those  moments of clarity when everything makes sense, and then there are those times “Betty” allows me to vent and rant. That being said, all with the mission in mind of building community capacity to allow KnowledgeConnector to move forward to “launch day” which is coming very soon…!

So the pieces of the puzzle are coming together: we are making connections with our communities, doing presentations, collecting data, identifying learning opportunities, and identifying learning providers linking all this back to www.knowledgeconnector.ca

Here is where you can get involved.

KnowledgeConnector is looking for human interest piece(s) that involve you and our project, to be included in launch (Coming September 19th, 2011) material and other communications materials. Would you like free exposure of your organization ?

o   If so, then can you share how KnowledgeConnector has/will benefit you and your organization?

o   What makes KnowledgeConnector different from other programs you have come across?

o   How has KnowledgeConnector motivated you to be a stronger leader?

I would love to hear from you, email your feedback yvonne.rempel@knowledgeconnector.ca. or you have a question or require further information.

 

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Aug
23

Learning Providers In Central East Alberta

Posted by: in Central East

Calling all learning providers! If you offer training, workshops, seminars or development opportunities related to leadership skills we want to hear from you.

As you are likely aware, the second phase of knowledgeconnector.ca will be launched on September 19th, 2011 and we are working hard to make sure that we populate the site with as many valuable learning opportunities as possible and that’s where you come in.

But first, what exactly is a learning provider?

A learning provider is an organization (nonprofit or for profit) that offers training in terms of workshops, seminars, webcasts, resources or education. We want to promote your learning opportunities if you specifically offer learning that relates to leadership attitudes, skills and knowledge needed in the nonprofit/voluntary sector. You will want to keep in mind though, that many leadership skills are interchangeable in various sectors. So, if your organization’s learning opportunities do not specifically target the NPVS we still want to hear about what you have to offer. To see how this is applicable read Robert’s blog from the Central West region.

Please also keep in mind, that many organizations out there are convenors of learning and know of great learning providers in their region. So, if you are a learning convener we also want to hear from you as well.

KnowledgeConnector.ca will be the one-stop-shop for learning opportunities for the nonprofit/voluntary sector and with as many as 19,000 nonprofit/voluntary organizations in Alberta we will need your input and involvement. Some great examples of learning providers that tailor to the nonprofit/voluntary sector include:

Charity Village
HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector
Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ACE Communities)

If you are a learner I encourage you to see some of the great learning opportunities that relate to your specific learning goals and if you are a learning provider contact us today to become registered on knowledgeconnector.ca.

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

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Aug
02

Making KnowledgeConnector.ca Work for You

Posted by: in Central East

With the exciting new launch of the second phase of knowledgeconnector.ca coming on the week of September 19th we want to make sure you get the most out of what we have to offer.

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Town of Provost. After getting to know some of the nonprofit/voluntary sector leaders in the community, I discovered that although everyone seems to have some type of access to internet these days not all users necessarily have the opportunity to reap all benefits.

For example, in some areas, there are people who simply do not have access to high speed internet. If you have dial up it you can access the internet but it will take you a lot longer to find out whatever it was you were looking for.

Well do not let that hold you back!

Most local libraries provide speed internet free access to residents who have a membership. If you do not have a membership to your local library get one today! The Provost Adult Learning Centre also provides free computer and internet access as do many other Adult Learning Centres. There are also new internet providers who offer high speed internet to the most rural communities who have never had access before. One particular provider is Platinum Communications. You can check out their services at http://www.platinum.ca/

If you do have high speed internet you are likely to agree that there is such an overwhelming abundance of information that it can sometimes be a bit intimidating. This is, in large part, why KnowledgeConnector.ca has been developed. In order to help create some of the strongest nonprofit/voluntary sector leaders in Alberta, we realized that we needed to make it easier for leaders to be able to access timely, relevant professional development opportunities that meet your learning needs. So, whether you are working at home or utilizing some your community’s internet resources, we hope you can help us make knowledgeconnector.ca help you become the leader you were always meant to be.

How? It’s simple. If you are a learning provider register on knowledgeconnector.ca and post your awesome learning opportunities as they become available. Secondly, ensure you complete the online A.S.K. Leadership Assessment either through a workshop or online after September 19, 2011. And lastly, visit knowledgeconnector.ca often! The ‘Global News’ and ‘Your Region’ sections are continuously being updated so check them often!

If you need more information on how to register as a learning provider or how to use knowledgeconnector.ca more effectively give me a call.

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

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