Orientation sessions in Quebec - Recruitment of new interdepartmental facilitators
An orientaton session for Joint Learning Program (JLP) facilitators will be held in Montreal from November 3 to 7, 2014. To find out more, please contact the regional field coordinators in the Quebec Region, Manon Bouchard and Carolle Lajoie, or go to the Becoming a JLP Facilitator section of the website.
When you become a JLP facilitator, you join a community of more than 1,500 individuals across Canada who have participated in the JLP since 2002. JLP facilitators work in many different kinds of jobs and represent almost all federal government departments and agencies. Some of them hold union positions, some of them are managers and executives, and all of them are connected by a common interest in working collaboratively to inspire positive change in their workplace.
Many facilitators tell us that they experience personal growth and a renewed commitment to their public service careers through their involvement with the JLP. They develop new skills and form new friendships. Others tell us that they derive great satisfaction from successfully co facilitating learning events that create a space for dialogue among their peers.
Mental Health in the Workplace kit ready to roll
While it has been possible to request the Mental Health in the Workplace workshop since June 9, the Joint Learning Program (JLP) completed the round of clinics on June 19. The objectives of the three day clinics were to:
- familiarize JLP facilitators with the new workshop kit and support their readiness to facilitate it on behalf of the JLP
- deliver the 12 hour training course on mental health first aid to equip facilitators to recognize the signs of mental health problems/distress and understand the steps involved to initially support the individual concerned
The clinics were held:
- in the National Capital Region from May 21 to 23
- in the Ontario/Nunavut Region from May 27 to 29
- in the Atlantic Region from June 3 to 5
- in the British Columbia / Yukon Region from June 3 to 5
- in the Prairies / Northwest Territories Region from June 17 to 19
- in the Quebec Region from June 17 to 19
28 workshops have already been scheduled on the JLP calendar.
Clinic participants in the National Capital Region
Clinic participants in the Ontario/Nunavut Region
Clinic participants in the Quebec Region
Quebec Region’s Public Service Alliance of Canada Triennial Convention
The Quebec Region’s Public Service Alliance of Canada Triennial Convention was held from June 6 to 8. The theme was “A region always on the go!” Manon Bouchard and Carolle Lajoie, regional field coordinators, took advantage of the opportunity to set up a Joint Learning Program (JLP) booth on June 6 and 7. Many participants stopped by to meet the two coordinators and receive information on the new mental health workshop and on the recruitment of new facilitators.
New memorandum of understanding in the Quebec Region
The Joint Learning Program (JLP) recently signed an agreement with Public Works and Government Services Canada and the Government Services Union. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) is designed to provide guidance on the delivery of the Mental Health in the Workplace workshop to 250 employees of the Cheque Redemption Control Directorate in Matane. The MOU will take effect on June 24, 2014, and expire on June 20, 2015.
A strategic partnership is an agreement between the Joint Learning Program, a department or agency, and a union to deliver a specified number of workshops during a particular period of time. This agreement is in writing in the form of an MOU that spells out the responsibilities of each partner.
Ontario Region’s Public Service Alliance of Canada Triennial Convention
The Ontario Region’s Public Service Alliance of Canada Triennial Convention took place from June 5 to 7. The Joint Learning Program (JLP) had a booth there.
A number of facilitators were elected to the Ontario Council at the Convention. They areMissy Taylor, Barb Goodfellow, Donna Struck, Valery Green and Sheila Karasiewsicz.
Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada’s Learning Symposium
The Joint Learning Program (JLP) made an appearance with a booth at the Learning Symposium of the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX), which was held on June 3 and 4.
The JLP took advantage of the opportunity to promote its new workshop on Mental Health in the Workplace to public service executives (commonly known as EXs). Moreover, some of the Symposium workshops dealt with this very topic.