February 21, 2012

Public Service Employee Survey Results Available
The results of the 2011 Public Service Employees Survey (PSES) are now available on the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat website. During a six-week period between August and October, over 201,000 public servants in 89 organizations took part in the 2011 PSES. Employees shared their thoughts on leadership, culture, the workforce, the workplace, and their own personal level of engagement. This round’s participation rate of 72.2% is the highest in history. After the results of the 2008 survey, many departments included holding Joint Learning Program workshops as part of their action plan in response to their individual results.


Joint Learning Program Facilitator Orientation Session Prairies & Northwest Territories 
The Praires & Northwest Territories Region recently welcomed 18 new facilitators who completed their orientation session during the week of January 16 to 20 in Winnipeg. This session was delivered by JLP Program Officer Rachel Besharah and Corrinne Mitchell, an experienced JLP facilitator from the Prairies Region.

Laurie Anne Burnouf, Robert Ferguson, Diane Fontaine, Jennifer Hounjet, Nancy Grant, Iqbal Grewal, Louise Kraus, Darcey Ladan, Jaclyn Lee, Josette Labossière-Di Nella, David Mills, Veronica Mok, La Vona Parker, Lisa Richards, Kelly Sefton(Canadian Border Services Agency Memorandum of Understanding), Karen Sokol, Quentin Stewart and Christine Walker (British Columbia-Yukon Region) are the new facilitators.


The Participants


February is Black History Month
It is a time for Canadians to reflect on the many experiences of Black Canadians in this country and deepen their understanding of the integral role they have played in Canadian history. Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians and the events that have shaped Black history in Canada.

A week in February was originaly designated to recognize black people's contributions in the United States in 1926. During the early 1970s, the week became known as Black History Week. It was expanded into Black History Month in 1976. In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month, following a motion introduced by the first black woman elected to Parliament in Canada, the Honourable Jean Augustine. The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons. In February 2008, Senator Donald Oliver, the first black man appointed to the Senate, introduced a motion to officially recognize February as Black History Month. It received unanimous approval and was adopted on March 4, 2008.

A brief overview of the contributions of some prominent black Canadians can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada's website.


New Employee to the Joint Learning Program
The Joint Learning Program (JLP) is pleased to announce the arrival of a new member to its team. Joanna Nugent joined the JLP on January 27 as the new Clerk/Receptionist and will be with the JLP for the next six months. She can be contacted at 613-560-2595 or by email at nugentj@psac-afpc.com.


Regional Clinics on the Duty to Accommodate workshop will begin soon
Clinics on the Joint Learning Program (JLP) newest workshop with be held across the country during the next few weeks. The purpose of the regional Duty to Accomodate clinics is to introduce the new kit to JLP facilitators that have an interest in delivering this topic. The clinics are intended to introduce the material, identify the core learning activities and demonstrate how to build an agenda that best suits the needs of workplace workshops. Clinics help facilitators identify potential challenges related to the delivery of the workshop and to gain the confidence to deliver new learning material. For more information regarding the clinic being held in your region, please contact your regional field coordinators.

January 20, 2012
Job Opportunity
The Joint Learning Program wants to advise you that a job notice for a Regional Field Coordinator (Employer) position for the British Columbia and Yukon Region has been posted. Interested parties must apply through Publiservice. The competition closes on February 2, 2012.