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helping aboriginal women play an increased role in their communities
FOCUS CESO | SACO newsletter AUTUMN 2006 Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) Coordinators attended a train the trainer session at Pictured from left to right are: Cherlyn Billy, National Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreements (AHRDA) CESO in Coordinator, NWAC; Delia Scribleac, National Programs Manager, CESO; Shelley Ann McKay, AHRDA Coordinator Manitoba, Toronto on NWAC; Paul van der Wel, President & CEO, CESO; Charlene Nolan, Administrative Assistant, CESO; Brenda Ann Simon, August 30 AHRDA Coordinator New Brunswick, NWAC; Lisa Gagne, AHRDA Coordinator Quebec, NWAC; Judy Hughes, Vice-President, and 31, Saskatchewan Aboriginal Women’s Circle Corporation; Marj Hibberd, Lead Volunteer Adviser for the Aboriginal Women for 2006. Tomorrow Program, CESO; and Bob Dickson, Vice-President National Services, CESO. Helping Aboriginal Women play New CESO documentary an increased role in their promotes programs in the Philippines communities By Patrick Lohier CESO’s By Delia Scribleac pleased to support this initiative, A s the CESO Photo which helps empower women to Evaluator and T he Canadian Executive participate fully in the economic Contest Service Organization Project Manager 2006 development of their for the Philippines (CESO) and the Native communities and the Canadian See results Women’s Association of Bilateral, Liliya Volovik on page 9 economy at large,” said the will never forget her Canada (NWAC) have created a Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister partnership, supported by first trip to that CESO's 40th of Indian Affairs and Northern exciting country. Liliya Indian and Northern Affairs Development and Federal Anniversary arrived in Cebu on Canada (INAC), to deliver the Interlocutor for Métis and Non is fast Aboriginal Women for August 13, 2006, to: approaching. Tomorrow (AWFT) workshop Status Indians. “These workshops a) orient herself with the will develop leadership capacity regions of the Founded in series. and entrepreneurial skills among Philippines in which 1967, CESO Using training materials Aboriginal women, allowing them will celebrate CESO operates; developed specifically for to share in the long-term goal of b) deepen her knowledge 40 years of self-reliant, sustainable service this Aboriginal women, the series of of CESO's Business workshops covers topics such as communities.” Advisory Program (BAP) coming year. Look for news confidence building, AWFT was developed by CESO in and Corporate and updates communication and job search 2003 as a pilot project in Volunteers for on the CESO skills, entrepreneurship, personal Saskatchewan and last year was Enterprise Web site and and financial management, and expanded to Ontario. The new Development (CVED) in the next Board participation skills. partnership with NWAC will see a programs; and issue of FOCUS. “Canada’s new government is Continued on page 4 Continued on page 10 FOCUS AUTUMN 2006 CESO President & CEO highlights programs’ growth and successes By Paul van der Wel staff knows what is expected applications in Burkina Faso and from them and where they working with elected women at A fter six month as stand. the municipal level in Senegal. President and CEO of CESO, I would like to We are in the process of The National program has outline the progress we have updating the Roster Plan and we grown more than 50% during made. have followed-up on many of the last two years. On page one the recommendations of the of this issue, the expansion of At the beginning, I informed Task Force on Roster the Aboriginal Women for you that more emphasis would Development. Tomorrow Program is be placed on communication discussed. and cooperation between Our customer/partners request management and Volunteer skilled up-to-date experts in We are filling a need, clients are Advisers (VAs). By October 1st, I Governance, Human Resources, responding positively, and CESO had made presentations about Tourism and Hospitality, Food is expanding. the challenges facing CESO to Industry and Financial most of the CESO clubs in both Management. We are making Two stakeholders are becoming English and French. I look progress in standardizing the increasingly important: Donors forward to making my VA intake and recruitment and Partners. presentation to the Victoria and process and our Roster Plan For International CIDA projects, Central Ontario clubs. slogan is “Match suitable VAs CESO has to raise between 3 – faster for our projects.” 5% cash contributions obtained The strategy was explained and although it has not changed, As you may know, our reporting from Canadian sources, with the there is now more emphasis on requirements have become objective that Canadians governance versus economic more demanding. Our funders become more engaged in development for both the want to measure the results and foreign aid. It is our goal to National and International this requires more discipline raise $150,000 more this year programs. from CESO staff, VAs, regional than last year which will balance managers, country the International budget. The key elements of our representatives, Our projects As for partners, we carry mission are to: country project Reduce Poverty scored a out various projects with managers and other NGOs where we Create sustainable livelihoods clients. 96% benefit from each other’s Build stronger communities for Aboriginal peoples in I am very pleased satisfaction knowledge and expertise. Canada and for partners in to report that rating. For example, in Haiti, we developing countries and CESO staff and are working with the countries in transition VAs, in Canada and abroad, consortium of four VCA were recently praised in a CIDA partners, CECI, WUSC, FPJL, as We do this through the transfer mid-term evaluation report of well as CESO. We are also of knowledge and skills of VAs the Europe Program and that is engaged in a project with seven in the areas of economic fantastic. Our combined efforts Volunteer-Cooperation Agencies development and governance. are being recognized. Our in Africa. We are concentrating on projects scored a 96% So, after six months on the job, improving the activities of our satisfaction rating. and as we approach our 40th four major stakeholders: clients, Three months ago, we also anniversary year, I want to employees, the Board and VAs. received two additional projects thank all stakeholders of CESO in Burkina Faso and Senegal, for their help and cooperation. We have implemented an In closing, let me say that we employee appraisal system and which will account for 35 additional assignments. The anticipate a revenue growth for the Hay job classification the organization this year of system is in place so that our projects are micro credit 25%. Positive news indeed! 2 FOCUS AUTUMN 2006 Positive Results for CESO’s Europe Program By Irina Edilova operates: Russia; Ukraine; Canadian NGOs that provide Georgia; Armenia; and Serbia & Canadian expertise abroad. A mid-term evaluation of Montenegro. VAs have demonstrated an CESO’s 2004-2009 impressive level of Europe Program In August, the evaluators commitment to CESO’s confirms its high degree of submitted the draft report which mission and to the relevance as evidenced by cited vastly positive results. Here achievement of significant several indicators, including are some excerpts: results for clients. The level of the level of client satisfaction. motivation and dedication of CESO’s 2004-2009 Europe These evaluations of Canadian program has presented a high VAs has been instrumental in International Development degree of relevance, as engaging clients in the Agency (CIDA) programs and evidenced by the level of implementation of projects are carried out to client satisfaction with CESO recommendations. inform CIDA management, the support and VA (Volunteer CESO’s comments on some of agency’s development Adviser) assistance, as well as the evaluators’ observations and cooperation partners and the appropriateness of the recommendations have been Canadians in general about help provided to address the sent to CIDA for integration into results being achieved, various organizational and the final evaluation report that improvements to be considered individual needs of SMEs and will be publicized this year. and lessons learned. NGOs. CESO has gained an enviable This one was undertaken by Le reputation that provides a An example of success Groupe-conseil Baastel Ltee. comparative advantage over E (Baastel) in June-July and the other similar programs. stablished in 1961 as a methodology included: CESO is efficiently and state-owned enterprise document review, field visits, effectively producing short- and privatized in 2003, interviews with CESO Toronto term results that are Galeb-Metaloplastika is a staff and volunteers, client and conducive to the achievement leader in production of VA surveys and CIDA Hull and outcomes. metal packaging in Serbia. field office staff interviews. The The follow-up activities evaluation team visited five of Highly motivated to become a undertaken by some VAs on a world-class producer, the the six countries in which CESO voluntary basis have company requested CESO’s proven to be both assistance and CESO sent VA Reviewing operations in Ukraine useful to clients, Charles Henry of Parry Sound, and a means of Ontario, to advise on supporting the management structure, labour achievement of efficiency and improving results expected from the production flow. recommendations and training Upon the completion of the provided by the assignment, the company VAs. immediately implemented CESO’s most of the VA’s assignment rating recommendations and seven system and other months later a review revealed in-house monitoring it achieved significant progress tools have proven including: Jeffrey Edelson, Contract Director, Europe-Countries in Transition, and Paul van der Wel, CESO President and helpful to 120 per cent increase in CEO, recently travelled to Ukraine to meet with Country systematically production; Representative Olga Vergeles and various CESO clients, monitor progress. improved packaging quality; and to review CESO operations in the area. In Odessa, This should serve as and pictured from left to right are Jeffrey, Olga and Paul. an example to other reduced operating costs. 3 FOCUS AUTUMN 2006 VA leadership for Nunavut Program much appreciated Improving community- owned operations in C ESO would like to offer warm thanks to Sheila Arthurs, Dale Falkenhagen and Bert Rose. Together, they have offered about 15 Shawanaga years of expertise in the areas of justice, education and housing. By Delia Scribleac I Over the past months, they have decided to step n January 2006 Shawanaga First Nation away from their role of Lead Volunteer Adviser requested CESO’s assistance in conducting a (LVA) of the Government of Nunavut (GN)/CESO feasibility study to determine the future Partnership Program. Fortunately, they have all sustainability of an existing community-owned agreed to stay available for consultation and will restaurant. The community operates a gas bar continue to serve on CESO’s roster. As one VA and a convenience store situated on highway stated, “When I first joined I had no idea how far #69, northwest of Parry Sound. In 2004 they CESO involvement in Nunavut would go. Today, 7 decided to add a restaurant to this years later, I see evidence of the impact every establishment, an investment that incurred where I look in Iqaluit and across Nunavut.” losses to the community’s operating budget. The second goal of the study was to address the For their ongoing contributions as LVAs, CESO also community’s economic issues surrounding this thanks: Gordon Breedyk, Julie Chahal, Donna restaurant. Denham, Richard Denham, Henry Jaques, Enid Robins-Holm, Tom Schatzky, Bill Van Iterson, Mary CESO determined that this assignment was an Lou Ware, and Anne Wieler. ideal opportunity to bring in a team of MBA students through the MBA Experience Program, which is financially supported by the Royal Bank of Helping Aboriginal Women Canada. A team of four students from Brock Continued from page 1 University was selected, led by CESO Volunteer Adviser (VA) Charles Roberston. The students, total of 350 individual workshops delivered to under VA Robertson’s direction, conducted an in- approximately 1200 women across the country over depth analysis of the restaurant’s situation and the next two years. formulated a number of recommendations to help the community leaders in deciding the future of “The new AWFT program will increase the labour this enterprise. They developed two case scenarios market, leadership and business-readiness – one based on the restaurant remaining open and development of Aboriginal women through a the other based on the restaurant closing. For combination of needs assessments, skills each case, the report presented the students’ development and mentoring,” explained Bob findings; advantages and disadvantages, solutions Dickson, Vice-President National Services for CESO. and recommendations. Beverley Jacobs, President of NWAC, feels that this Following the presentation of the report, the partnership offers a holistic, culturally sensitive Shawanaga First Nation leaders have implemented program which will increase economic and political a number of the report’s recommendations, participation of Aboriginal women in their including closing the restaurant in the off season, communities. “We are pleased to take part in this which they estimate will result in over $25,000 in joint initiative that will continue to empower cost savings in the first year of operation. Aboriginal women, by developing skills that will not only benefit their families but the community as a The Band’s Manager, Craig Brown indicated that whole.” the community members were extremely happy to host the MBA students, and admired their genuine For almost 40 years CESO has provided support and interest in Aboriginal traditions and heritage. It capacity building to Aboriginal communities across was an extraordinary learning experience for both Canada. NWAC has been an advocate for Aboriginal community members and students. Mr. Brown also women for over 30 years. INAC is providing stated that “we really appreciate the work that was $257,000 in 2006-07 for this initiative. done. We would not have been able to complete For more information, contact Delia Scribleac, CESO this business plan without the help of CESO and Project Manager: 1-800-268-9052, ext. 252, the MBA team. We see this as a valuable project email@example.com. that we would like to see help other communities 4 in the future. Chi-Miigwetch.” FOCUS AUTUMN 2006 VAs in the Media A solution for employment I f you’ve been interviewed by the problems media, invited to speak about your CESO By VA Jacques Latulippe • the teaching of skills is experiences, or are the supported recipient of an award, we T he goal of my assignment would like to share the • teaching guides are used for in Burkina Faso was to details with our readers. personalized training processes allow the Centre de Mail your news clippings to Formation Professionnelle Valba 2) Training for companies: Josie Marchese (700 Bay (CFP Valba) to position itself with Street, Suite 700, Toronto, regard to training in order to • Improve the teaching of new ON, M5G 1Z6 or by e-mail increase the effectiveness of its work techniques in the hotel and at jmarchese@ ceso- training and cost effectiveness of catering industry by carrying out saco.com) and contact her its operations in the the training in the companies with the details of your metropolitan area of themselves to initiate the staff. award or speaking Ouagadougou. engagement. Tell us the • Transfer skills in a particularly name of the award and Concerning operational conditions dynamic context. why you received it. Also of the application laboratories, the The first way to achieve their goals tell us where you spoke CFP Valba is equipped as are few appears to be the training given in and to how many people. educational institutions. Also, the the form of seminars to meet the CFP Valba will offer a dynamic urgent needs identified by the training service of skills for real VA Forum labour market. work environment situations. The We want your input for CFP wants to not only be an It must be said that the owners are FOCUS. We welcome first- educational institution, but to particularly conscious of the person, CESO-assignment ensure that it is a leading force in importance of ongoing training, accounts, assignment establishing trends, rather than the mood that should dominate at pictures, travel tips, simply a follower of them. work and the new approaches that reports from CESO Clubs, should be implemented, as they all The two important items for the etc. concern the training market! CFP Valba were: Please send your submissions to Josie 1) Initial training: Marchese at jmarchese@ • as a starting ceso-saco.com. point, the Update your volunteer cutting edge file information programs are inspired by - Do you have a new e- two mail address or a approaches, change in your personal Québécois and information? French - Do you want to add to your skills • based on new classifications? teaching Roster Services keeps your approaches, personal information up-to- the practice is date. Please e-mail any focused on changes to toronto@ ceso- realistic saco.com. conditions Spread the word - pass • a customized Pictured from left to right are: François Traoré, CESO’s Country your FOCUS on to a approach is Representative in Burkina Faso; Boniface Sombié, CESO client; friend adopted Alice Sombié, CESO client; Jacques Latulippe, Volunteer Adviser. 5 FOCUS AUTUMN 2006 CESO Clubs Staffing update Vancouver Island resumed on October 3, 2006. National Studies from the Bill Feyrer Services University of 250-595-1905 Mid-Ontario Update Waterloo, Master of firstname.lastname@example.org Soren Sondergaard Arts in Geography 519-821-9296 Sheri from Wilfrid Laurier Surrey/White Rock email@example.com Longboat University, Bachelor Dean Struble, Chair CESO VAs, especially in the was of Education from 604-536-6983 Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, welcomed to Brock University, and firstname.lastname@example.org Halton Hills, Oakville and CESO as obtained an Ontario The Club meets the third Mississauga areas, are welcome Regional Teacher’s Certificate, Tuesday of the month at the to join this CESO Club. Contact Manager, Intermediate/Senior White Rock Library. Regular VA Soren Sondergaard for Ontario, on Division. meetings will be held from Feb. further information. September 5. Sheri Longboat to June and Sept. to Nov. The Why did she come to Club holds a holiday season Niagara “Having the CESO? “For the past 6 luncheon the third Sunday of William (Bill) Miles privilege of being an years I’ve worked Jan. and a summer barbeque 905 468-9256 educated Aboriginal woman, independently consulting the third Sunday of Aug. email@example.com I feel it is my responsibility while eagerly seeking the Helen Johnson to give back to my opportunity to join a team Vancouver/North Shore 905-892-2937 community, said Sheri. of professionals with similar Priidu Juurand, Co-Chair firstname.lastname@example.org “Making decisions with a goals. I had looked at CESO 604-872-6001 The club meets for lunch at a good mind and being a several times and when I email@example.com St. Catharines restaurant. good role model is also saw this position I thought Our members are invited to We have a guest speaker, important.” the time was right. And now meet once a month on the usually from the CESO Toronto I’m so glad to be a part of a second Tuesday of the month office to keep us up to date Sheri established her own dedicated team of unique at the West Vancouver Library. with CESO affairs. The speaker consulting business focused individuals. I believe that in All CESO VAs are welcome. at our June meeting was CESO's on community development just doing what I love to do president and CEO Paul van der through the implementation I can really contribute to the Southern Alberta Wel, accompanied by another of community-driven GIS organization. I’m looking Eldon Loucks CESO newcomer, Ruth-Claire (geographic information forward to making an 403-256-6838 Alinas, so it was an entertaining systems) for land and impact.” firstname.lastname@example.org and informative event. resource management. Meetings are held the first Meetings for the rest of the On August 29, 2006, Brian Monday of each second month Sheri is also active at the year will be Nov. 30, 2006, Smith left CESO to pursue from October to June from National level with a second March 29, 2007 and June 28, his Masters of Business 11:30AM-2:00PM at Fort term on Canada’s 2007. Speakers TBA. Administration degree. Calgary, 750-9th Ave. S.E., GeoConnections We invite all VAs within easy Calgary. Management Board - a Brian had been with CESO driving distance to attend these national partnership for almost three years and meetings, as the company is Northern Alberta program to provide made significant good and the food is great! Rick Boyd, President Canadians with geographic contributions to Atlantic 780-487-0762 Sherbrooke information over the region operations. email@example.com Jacques Latulippe internet – and is also the 819-569-9761 ext. 246 Chair of the Aboriginal Shelley D’Angelo Saskatoon Advisory Group. Previously, firstname.lastname@example.org Jim Orosz Sheri has advised the Shelley D’Angelo left CESO Office: SACO-Estrie, 891 Bowen email@example.com Canadian Aboriginal on July 21. Sud, Sherbrooke, QC, J1G 2G3, Telephone: 819-569-9761, ext. Minerals Association, Winnipeg CESO changed its 246, Fax: 819-566-0005 worked with the Niagara Bill Barbaza fundraising strategy and the The office is open on Thursdays College International 204-489-7585 position of Director of from 1:00-5:00 PM. Education and Development, firstname.lastname@example.org Development and and managed the College Communications was Ottawa Montreal Aboriginal programs and eliminated. Shelley’s direct Len Nylund, Co-convenor Normand Chevrier services. With Six Nations reports, Josie Marchese and 613-829-8602 email@example.com Polytechnic, she developed Leslie Venturino, now report firstname.lastname@example.org a self employment and Saco Est du Québec to Ruth-Claire Alinas, Ottawa Office: small business development Marcel Massé Director of Human 323 Chapel Street, 2nd floor, training program, and 3100, avenue du Bourg Royal, Resources and Volunteer Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 7Z2 developed and delivered a 2ième étage, Beauport, QC, Services. 613-236-7763 new Native GIS Technician G1C 5S7, 418-660-9640 ext. diploma program. Back from summer break, the Shelley is currently working 286 Ottawa CESO Club luncheons as Campaign Director for saco.estquebec@ sympatico.ca Sheri holds an honours George Brown College 6 Bachelor of Environmental Foundation. FOCUS AUTUMN 2006 An Experiment In Popular Participation This is an excerpt of an article simplify the legislation remained. philosophy of the Government written by CESO Volunteer Advisers Administration and Control Act (VAs) Sidney Fisher and Michael Having completed several other and its principles of increased Clegg, from the September/October legal and administrative projects power and responsibility for 2006 edition of LawNow in Bolivia for CESO, we were municipalities. (www.lawnow.org) a bi-monthly asked to carry out a public sector magazine published by the Legal reform project in Bolivia Concern for the well-being of the Studies Program, University of regarding municipal finance community was obvious. Alberta. legislation. This involved a review However, there were signs of of Bolivia's Government growing frustration and O ne of the most common Administration and Control Act, resentment. problems throughout the in light of the needs of municipal world is a lack of trust in governments. Since our recommendations were government. This often results put forward to the congressional in large sectors of the citizens In particular, we were asked to commission, there have been of a country feeling propose amendments to the law changes in Bolivia's unrepresented or uninvolved. to make it work better, focusing administration. President Carlos However, attempts to increase on small municipalities whose Mesa resigned in 2005 and Evo participation through the lack of resources, both human Morales was elected to replace decentralization of government and financial, make it difficult for him. Many members of Congress may fail if citizens cannot them to comply with complicated and its commissions have understand the laws that financial accounting and changed also. It therefore govern them. reporting requirements. remains to be seen whether the recommendations will be There has been a tendency to We met with a number of Bolivian adopted. It is worth noting that believe that law is irretrievably mayors and municipal councilors Bolivia is in the process of complicated and there is no and made recommendations to a striking a constitutional assembly purpose in trying to avoid legal commission of the Bolivian to review the country's language that is beyond the Congress on how to improve the constitution and structure. It is comprehension of most people. administration and control of possible that the functions and But the challenge to draft precise, municipal finances. We focused responsibilities of municipalities direct and straightforward particularly on Bolivia's smaller will change as a result of this language has been undertaken municipalities, where complex review. and many countries, including laws, a lack of local banking Canada, have made considerable services and limited human and Whatever the outcome of the headway over the last 25 years. financial resources made constitutional assembly, we are of compliance with legislative the view that the popular Bolivia has been trying to involve requirements difficult. participation reform and its vision the 60% of its population that is of strong local government, indigenous in local government, We reported our defined by clear legislation, is hoping thereby to win its trust. recommendations to the one way to manage political Although there are growing Commission of Decentralization change and address discontent numbers of poor indigenous and Popular Participation, a and mistrust in the democratic people in cities, most of them live commission of the House of system. in the rural areas. Complicated Representatives of the Bolivian and opaque legislation formed a Congress, whose mandate was to Sidney Fisher, a CESO VA since 2001, barrier to their development. The support the development and worked as legal counsel at the House government of Bolivia had not strengthening of municipalities. of Commons and is pursuing succeeded in removing this graduate studies in International In all of our meetings with Relations. Michael Clegg, Q.C., a barrier when the election in municipal, congressional and December 2005 brought a radical CESO VA since 1986, worked as national government officials and Parliamentary Counsel to the Alberta change of government through a organizations, we were received populist movement of the Legislature and Legislative Counsel to warmly and with enthusiasm for Parliament. Both have carried out indigenous people. our work. The participants several public sector reform projects However, the challenge to generally supported the in Bolivia. 7 FOCUS AUTUMN 2006 Insurance coverage VAs participate in public update engagement training I n September 2002, CESO-paid health insurance coverage for Volunteer By Patrick Lohier International Development Advisers (VAs) on international Agency (CIDA). M ore than 60 assignments was secured from volunteers from all Gerry Barr, the President and American International Group (American over Canada, CEO of the Canadian Council Home). including five from CESO, for International Cooperation At the time, CESO announced that VAs attended a special public (CCIC), which coordinates the over 80 were not covered for international engagement training Canadian Make Poverty History assignments, but could still work in workshop organized by campaign, kicked off the event Canada and receive coverage up to the CESO and eight other with a keynote address on the age of 85. Canadian volunteer-sending evening of August 25, 2006, organizations (CUSO, WUSC, on the potential of returned As of September, 2006, CESO VAs aged VSO Canada, Oxfam Québec, volunteers to make a 80 and over will not have insurance SUCO, Canadian Crossroads difference in helping Canada coverage of any kind while on International, CECI and achieve the promised goal of assignment. Canada World Youth). allotting 0.7% of gross domestic product to overseas We do acknowledge that VAs over 80 may Held at a conference retreat development assistance by still have a great deal to contribute and centre on l'Île-Perrot, Quebec, 2015. we encourage you to consider becoming the goal of the collaboration is an in-house volunteer. If you would like to to effectively mobilize the Over the following two days, work in-house, please e-mail your request thousands of Canadian participants took part in to email@example.com. volunteers who have returned special workshops on how to In Memoriam from overseas assignments in give effective presentations, an attempt to sensitize the meet with and influence their Our condolences go to the families of the following Canadian public and media MPs, plan and prepare effective CESO volunteers who recently passed away: about international events and community-based Viateur Alain of Québec, QC development issues. activities, and more. Raymond Baillargeon of Bury, QC Jerrold Beckerman of West Vancouver, BC The collaborative initiative is Some volunteers have already Larry James Cruikshank of White Rock, BC called Global Citizens for made plans to coordinate Leo Eikmeyer of London, ON Change (French: Citoyens du activites with others in their George Porozny of Winnipeg, MB Cornelis (Kees) Pruyser of Peace River, AB monde en action) and is communities. Frank Rendulic of Timmins, ON funded by the Canadian Karel Frank Smolek of Edmonton, AB Norman Thyer of Nelson, BC Their friends and associates will miss them. FOCUS is the quarterly newsletter of CESO|SACO (Canadian Executive Service Organization) Editors Ruth-Claire Alinas, Director Human Resources & Volunteer Services Josie Marchese, Communications Co-ordinator/ Webmaster CONTRIBUTORS John Blanchard, Michael Clegg, Jeffrey Edelson, Irina Edilova, Sidney Fisher, John L. Gibson, Jacques Latulippe, Patrick Lohier, Josie Marchese, Delia Scribleac, Gilles St-Amand, Paul van der Wel, Photo by Gilles St-Amand/CECI and Josée Vauclair For submissions or inquiries: Josie Marchese, Representing CESO at the public engagement training workhsop, and pictured 700 Bay Street, Suite 700, Box 328, Toronto, ON, above from (l to r) are: Volunteer Adviser (VA) Marquita Riel of Orford, QC; VA M5G 1Z6, Fax: 416-961-1096, jmarchese@ceso- Dean Struble of Surrey, BC; VA Jacquie Trafford of Chase, BC; VA Ron Butler of saco.com, www.ceso-saco.com Oshawa, ON; one of the workshop planners and coordinators and CESO’s Public Engagement Officer Patrick Lohier; and VA Bruce Mackenzie of Victoria, BC. 8 FOCUS AUTUMN 2006 Winners of CESO’s Photo Contest 2006 First place Burkina Faso. Honorable mention goes to the following VAs for their photo submissions: Elaine Campbell, Chris De Fonseka, Dan Matsushita, Paul Matthews, Peter Muller, and Alex Vega. The contest judges were: Ruth-Claire Alinas, Director Human Resources and Volunteer Services; Anna Eloi-Francis, International Co-ordinator; Anna Heychuk, Administrative Assistant; Josie Marchese, Communications Co- ordinator; and Leslie Venturino, Development Co- ordinator. Thanks as well to all the VAs By Josie Marchese your best to ensure a successful who sent in their photos. assignment in Tuguegarao. The Keep them coming. C ongratulations to the people there really Volunteer Adviser (VA) love you and team of Barbara Schejbal Mark!!!" Second place and Mark Smith. They are the winners of CESO’s Photo The second place Contest 2006 and will receive photo at top right a digital camera as their prize. was submitted by Dr. Khalil Al- The response to the contest was Mughrabi. Taken impressive. We received a while on number of entries and assignment in painstakingly whittled down the China, Khalil was short list to the final three. sent to advise the VA Barbara Schejbal took the client on disease- winning photo while she and VA free potato Mark Smith were on assignment propagation and production Third place in the Philippines. CESO sent the VA team to Tuguegarao City, practices. Cagayan Province, Philippines on At the bottom a cluster assignment to advise right is our third on management and marketing. place photo. It In the photo, Mark is in a shows the hands- preliminary consultation on teaching meeting with the clients. approach used by Extracted from an e-mail to VA Denis Rigot Barbara, Philippines Country during his bakery Representative Matt Navalta products wrote, "Thanks also for giving assignment in 9 FOCUS AUTUMN 2006 New CESO documentary promotes programs in the Philippines Continued from page 1 c) represent CESO at the predominantly employ premiere of a new women. "On behalf of documentary, titled GAMANO," said Ms Empowering Gonzaga, "we would Enterprises: Rising like to express our Above Poverty that heartfelt gratitude to profiles the goals and the people of Canada, successes of the BAP especially to CIDA and CVED programs. through CESO . . . Your generosity and BAP, managed by CESO compassion surely and funded by the Ambassador Sutherland and Liliya Volovik share a moment at make a big difference in Canadian International the documentary premier. the lives of the women Development Agency of Negros Occidental." (CIDA), provides CVED in order for these technical and business The event included a Southern programs to be sustainable. The consultancy assistance to small Partners Fair Trade Corporation documentary helps us with this and medium enterprises (SMEs) factory tour where Ambassador goal." Sutherland, Mr. Carroll, Liliya to enhance their global competitiveness through The premiere, held at the Cebu and others were able to see improved marketing, products, City Marriott Hotel, on August firsthand the operations of one technology, production 14, attracted a host of CESO of CESO's clients. practices, and organization and partners and clients, On August 25, Liliya attended a management systems. representatives of the CVED Volunteer Adviser Philippines Department of Trade Recognition Ceremony at which CVED provides business and Industry, and advisory service to strengthen Joe Goodings, Second Secretary representatives of the Canadian (Development) CIDA, also micro and small enterprises government, including Canadian participated. (MSEs) with the help of Ambassador to the Philippines volunteer business advisers. It Peter Sutherland and CIDA Head Liliya's trip focused on the areas matches Filipino entrepreneurs of Aid Tom Carroll. of operations of BAP and, with its pool of Filipino VAs - a partially, CVED. It allowed her to strategy based on the CESO Liliya gave an introductory see CESO's successes in the assistance model and intended speech. Ambassador Sutherland regions and the challenges the to ensure the sustainability of gave the keynote address and organization faces as it strives BAP's results. CVED is part of spoke about CESO's significant to promote sustainable growth the CIDA-funded Philippine contributions to enterprise for Philippine enterprises. Business for Social Progress development in the Philippines (PBSP). and CESO innovations such as While in Bacolod, Negros Island, the clustering model of she noticed that Empowering The development of the enterprise development. Enterprises: Rising Above documentary was commissioned Poverty was screened eight and monitored by Pam Koch, Ms Bing Gonzaga, of the times in one day on local CESO’s Contract Director for Garment Manufacturers television stations. "The Asia, Africa and the Americas. Association of Negros documentary attracted attention Directed by communications Occidental (GAMANO), gave a to the activities of CESO-BAP consultant Snoogie Apolinairio, moving testimonial before the and PBSP-CVED and made them the 10-minute documentary documentary was screened. more visible to potential clients portrays success stories of BAP GAMANO, a CESO client, is an and partners, the Philippines and CVED clients. Liliya asserts, association of garment government and the general manufacturers which public," says Liliya. "We need to promote BAP and CESO gratefully acknowledges CIDA and INAC for their support of our work at home and abroad. 10
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