January to March 2021
Our winter webinar schedule is now available. We have designed our latest Connection and Community Weekly Webinar Series with both employers and job seekers/entrepreneurs in mind. Please join us online in GoToTraining for this series of interactive sessions. Anyone is welcome to attend, free of charge!
For further information please email classroom1 [at] makeachangecanada.com.
To register, please sign up for the sessions listed below.
NEW! Beyond the Résumé and Cover Letter: An Introduction to Personal Branding
With Tara Thom Burnett, Employment Facilitator
Tuesday, January 19 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
For decades, corporations like Nike have demonstrated the power of clear and consistent branding. In the same way that corporate marketing distinguishes a company from its competitors, personal branding fortifies your résumé and job search with an extraordinary edge. In this webinar Tara will guide you through the process of creating your own personal brand that will attract employers and set you apart from other applicants. Don’t miss this one!
Registration for this session is now closed
NEW! Hope, Heartbreak, and Triumph with Mental Illness
With Trish Robichaud, Work Life Inclusion Coach at Changing Paces
Thursday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Are you among the 20 percent of our population who lives with mental illness? Or does mental illness affect someone close to you? Whatever your situation, you will want to join us in this session. Attend to hear Trish share her story of hope, heartbreak, and ultimate triumph underpinned by the fundamentals of living well with mental illness. Having multiple sclerosis, major heart disease, and bipolar disorder herself, Trish brings a purely authentic and well-researched perspective to her teachings. Expect to learn about common types of mental health conditions and their symptoms, as well as coping strategies and the bright side of life with each. Hear how one woman has found a way to live beyond her mental illness, despite the rollercoaster that is life. Don’t miss out. Register now!
NEW! Rock Your Résumé and Cover Letter with These Simple Steps
With JA ("Judy") Jonusas, Employment Specialist, and Melissa Hejja, Employment Specialist
Tuesday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Are you looking to revamp your résumé and cover letter, but don’t know where to start? Are you curious to know what HR professionals look for while scanning among hundreds of resumes? Join JA and Melissa in the session to learn how to be more successful in your career search by having the right documentation in place. Learn how to read a job description effectively, modify your resume to the needs of the employer, and write a compelling cover letter that captures your experience and the true sense of your personality. This session can really bolster your opportunities! Register today!
NEW! Employer Lunch and Learn: Being the Boss – Payroll Considerations and Your Employees
With Anne-Marie Edgar, CEO, and Heidi Abbott, Business Advisor
Thursday, January 28 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Does the idea of engaging others in growing your business and knowing how to set up to pay them leave you feeling overwhelmed? Are you specifically looking for answers when it comes to setting up your financials related to payroll as a new business owner? You may feel apprehensive, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In this session you will learn pros and cons of having employees versus contractors. You will also learn the essentials of payroll recordkeeping and the Canada Revenue Agency and Workers’ Compensation remittance requirements. As the business owner, you will want to pay yourself, too! We will review the financial options on giving yourself a “pay cheque.” Join Heidi and Anne-Marie in this session as they introduce you to the financial aspects of growing your workforce and take your questions. Sign up today!
NEW! Managing Stress in a Complex COVID World
With Louise Doyle, Business Advisor, and JA ("Judy") Jonusas, Employment Specialist
Tuesday, February 2 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Due to the current pandemic, many people are identifying stress as their number one problem. This probably comes as no surprise, but it shows how the gravity of these times is upon us. Not only are we living in a complex world where we have to deal with stress in every corner of our “normal” lives, but we are separated from family and friends and face other uncustomary restrictions. It is critical for our own well-being that we learn how to manage stress and develop strategies for maintaining our physical, mental, and emotional health. Join Louise and JA in this session as they discuss how to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress, and how you can minimize or reduce its effects. Don’t miss this one!
NEW! Employer Lunch and Learn: Debunking the Myths and Celebrating the Benefits of Hiring Persons with Disabilities
With Tara Thom Burnett, Employment Facilitator, and Melissa Hejja, Employment Specialist
Tuesday, February 9 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Persons with disabilities in Canada make up 11 percent of the population aged 25 to 64. While the numbers are great, they are less likely to be employed or seek employment compared to those living without a disability. This reality remains despite numerous positive outcomes and success stories reported by employers across the nation. In many cases, employers are hesitant to hire a person with a disability due to a lack of information. If you are an employer who would like to diversify your staff by tapping into an underrepresented, aspiring, and talented group of individuals, this webinar is for you. Please join us for this informative session where we will discuss the myths and benefits of hiring a person with a disability, costs of accommodation, return on investment, and much more!
NEW! Keys to Creating a Clear Value Proposition for Your Business
With Heidi Abbott, Business Advisor
Thursday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Whether you already have a business idea or are still evaluating a number of options, you can jumpstart your success by understanding the basics of value propositions. A value proposition is a promise of value to be delivered to your customers, and you must be able to communicate that message clearly. One of the most important things to know about starting a business is that your customers will value the product or service you intend to provide over that of your competition. Are you confident that your product or service has benefits that will fill your customers’ needs? And do you have a creative, concise message that communicates these benefits to potential customers? Heidi will demonstrate how working through the process of developing a value proposition gives you the opportunity to both evaluate your business ideas and develop potent marketing messages. Sign up today!
NEW! Making Midlife Career Changes Successful
With Doug Tardif, Program Advisor
Tuesday, February 23 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
This webinar explores the path of traditional employment and the revolution that has taken place as a result of technology change. Older workers, in particular, may be faced with challenges in today’s workplace, including finding new ways of delivering results, coping with business models that interface with social media, working from home, and adjusting to a diverse workplace. “The times, they are a-changing…” Please join Doug in this session as he explores ways in which seasoned workers can transition into new work environments and prosper. Make the most out of a midlife career change and sign up today!
NEW! Recognize Your Strengths and Appreciate the Differences
With Louise Doyle, Business Advisor
Tuesday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Personality Dimensions® is about understanding yourself and others so you can be more effective in your relationships, in your work, and in your day-to-day life. By exploring your own natural tendencies you will have a better understanding of both your strengths and challenges, without changing who you are. Louise is a Certified Personality Dimensions facilitator, and promises this will be a fun, educational, and interactive webinar. Louise will discuss the four main temperament types, how to recognize these patterns in yourself and others, and how you can use this knowledge to improve your own communication skills. Discover more by registering today!
NEW! Improving Your Job Security: The Dos and Don’ts of Maintaining Employment
With Melissa Hejja, Employment Specialist, and Tara Thom Burnett, Employment Facilitator
Tuesday, March 9 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
We all know how challenging it can be to find employment; however, maintaining a job is also a vital step in achieving professional success! To retain your employment you will need to identify and implement the right strategies and outlook. Employers want employees who work hard, are flexible, punctual, and are team players. In addition, a positive attitude is very contagious and can be a key component to keeping your job long-term. Join Melissa and Tara in this informative session, as they take you through the Dos and Don’ts of being an employee. You will learn what it takes to keep your employer happy and how to improve your job security in today’s competitive labour market. Register today!
GUEST SPEAKER! Employer Lunch and Learn: The Five Surprisingly Easy Changes to Make Your Business More Accessible
With Marco Pasqua, Inspirational Speaker and Accessibility Consultant
Tuesday, March 16 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Have you always wanted to make your business more accessible to people with disabilities but you just don't know where to begin? There is no better time than the present to build some inclusion strategies into your restart planning. The good news is, it's not as complicated as you think, and not only can you increase your bottom-line, but you can provide opportunities for a new, often underutilized talent pool to join your team. As both a business leader and person with a disability, Marco Pasqua will share his five surprisingly easy changes you can make to increase the accessibility of your organization and teach you some new ways to adapt to our ever-changing world to stand out from the competition. Join us for this special presentation!
NEW! Employer Lunch and Learn: Getting Your Numbers Right and Ready – Understanding the Cash Flow and Financial Statements
With Anne-Marie Edgar, CEO, and Heidi Abbott, Business Advisor
Thursday, March 18 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Does the idea of setting up your books and preparing your financial statements leave you in a cold sweat? Don’t know where to start when it comes to finding answers? Your fear is a common reaction for many small businesses, but it will only impede your progress with preparing the very documents every traditional lender needs to see. Join Anne-Marie and Heidi in this session as they highlight the relative simplicity of getting your business set up right from the start. You will see a live demonstration of the cash flow and financials in action, so don’t miss this one!
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