An interview with Abby David – collaboration during a pandemic
Earlier this Summer I learned that the New Brunswick Multicultural Council (NBMC) had been doing some innovative coordinating work with member agencies after everyone pivoted to remote work. I was curious about their work with member agencies to develop policies and tools and share best practices. In this conversation Abby David shares how NBMC worked together as a provincial sector and what the fruits of that work have been.
COVID-19 and Digital Disruption: Can Technology Save Us? (webinar recording)
Digital technologists moved very quickly to suggest this was yet another social problem ripe for 'digital disruption'. But how effective are such digital efforts in solving social problems? Are apps the answer to decades of inequality?
An interview with Laura Mannix – innovation is in our sector’s DNA
I spoke with Laura to talk about her work bringing social innovation culture into her organization, as well as how DIVERSECity has been able to pivot remotely. We talk about what all of that has meant for the kind of community work that they do and how it relates to newcomer and community engagement as well.
The Competencies of Front-line Settlement Practitioners in Canada: A Background Research Report (webinar recording)
This pan-Canadian research report identifies eight critical competencies that could form the basis of training to help settlement counsellors be successful as the job is redefined and the range of work is extended.
Using technology to facilitate partnerships and collaboration
Technology can make our work easier and more efficient. However, picking the right tool for the purpose at hand can be a challenge. In a 2019 workshop I shared strategies for assessing and tracking the effectiveness of such tools.
Canadian podcasts focused on immigration & diversity
In the Canadian immigration and diversity space, there are more podcasts emerging all the time. Here are a few that I'm aware of. Some are done & archived, some are fresh. All are interesting.
Understanding Systemic Racism in Canada: Concept and Data (webinar recording)
The Association for Canadian Studies, Metropolis Canada and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO held an online conference entitled Understanding Systemic Racism in Canada: Concept and Data.
Telehealth & Social Work Practice: Same ethical practice – different locations (webinar recording)
This presentation provides information to help transition to Online Practice - considering confidentiality and ethical and legal aspects of Practice.
An interview with Lawrence Murphy - the future of online counselling is now
Lawrence Murphy is a pioneer in cyber counselling in Canada. Given the move to sudden remote work for everyone, including human and social services workers, therapists, etc., I wanted to get his insights on where we're at and what things may look like in the future.
An interview with Victoria Esses - innovation & resilience in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector
In this conversation with Victoria Esses, we talk about that along with the work she is doing to highlight promising practices in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector, the resiliency of the sector, innovation, and the role that Local Immigration Partnerships can play in convening and driving collaboration across the country.