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An interview with Abby David – collaboration during a pandemic
Published on: September 21, 2020
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.
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An interview with Laura Mannix – innovation is in our sector’s DNA
Published on: September 9, 2020
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.
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The Competencies of Front-line Settlement Practitioners in Canada: A Background Research Report (webinar recording)
Published on: September 5, 2020
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.
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Using technology to facilitate partnerships and collaboration
Published on: September 5, 2020
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.
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Canadian podcasts focused on immigration & diversity
Published on: August 27, 2020
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.
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Telehealth & Social Work Practice: Same ethical practice – different locations (webinar recording)
Published on: August 13, 2020
This presentation provides information to help transition to Online Practice - considering confidentiality and ethical and legal aspects of Practice.
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An interview with Lawrence Murphy - the future of online counselling is now
Published on: August 11, 2020
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.
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An interview with Victoria Esses - innovation & resilience in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector
Published on: August 11, 2020
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.
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Settlement and Integration Sector Virtual Learning Exchange (panel recording)
Published on: August 11, 2020
This is a recording and notes from presentations at an immigrant and refugee-serving sector-only virtual event on June 16, 2020. I was honored to moderate the panel. The panelists focused on technological adaptations made to settlement service delivery due to COVID-19, share promising practices and challenges, as well as other outcomes from the sector discussion.
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An interview with Hope Nestor on data-driven community services and inclusion
Published on: August 11, 2020
Be data driven. Make your decisions based on data. We've all heard the platitudes. And data is something that the immigrant and refugee-serving sector has huge amounts of, and does very little with. In 2017, the Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership started looking into changing that.
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