Atlantic Facilitators Recognized for Contributions to the Joint Learning Program
In support of facilitator development and the delivery of the new Mental Health in the Workplace workshop, a kit clinic was held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from June 3 - 5, 2014. During this event, Joint Learning Program (JLP) Atlantic recognized Karen Beamish, an employer facilitator, and Jacqueline Cormier, a union facilitator, for over 10 years of ongoing commitment and contributions to the JLP. This was part of a national appreciation initiative in honor of active facilitators with the JLP during the period of 2003 - 2013.

Karen Beamish and Jacqueline Cormier


Atlantic Region Public Service Alliance of Canada Triennial Convention
The Joint Learning Program (JLP) had a kiosk during the Atlantic PSAC Convention held from June 19 to 22 in Saint John, New Brunswick. Delegates participated in the Dream Catcher Project to honor missing and murdered Aboriginal women in crafting dream catchers.

Yvan Thauvette, National President and Debi Buell, National Vice-president of Union of Veterans’s Affairs Employees visited the JLP to share Mrs. Buell’s “Atlantic Voice Award”. The Atlantic Region of the PSAC presented the award to her in recognition of her stewardship, leadership and mentorship. Debi Buell is a JLP facilitator and signatory of the regional Memorandum of Understanding between JLP, Veterans’ Affairs Canada and UVAE.

Yvan Thauvette and Debi Buell


Prairies Region Public Service Alliance of Canada Triennial Convention 
“Our Union: Bringing Us Together!” was the theme for the Prairie Region Public Service Alliance of Canada Triennial Convention held from June 27 to 29 in Saskatoon. Joint Learning Program (JLP) Regional Coordinators, Carol Casey and Corrinne Mitchell, took advantage of this opportunity to set up a JLP kiosk. Many delegates stopped by to chat and receive information on the JLP Program and the workshops offered.

Carol Casey and Corrinne Mitchell at the JLP kiosk


Joint Learning Program: A Resource to Help You Create a Positive Work Environment!
On June 24, Joint Learning Program (JLP) Atlantic Regional Field Coordinators (RFC),Wanda Thomas and Angela Léger, were invited by the Atlantic Region National Managers’ Community to make a presentation on the Mental Health in the Workplaceworkshop.

Over the last few years, managers have been asking for increased awareness, more support and better tools to help them deal with mental health issues in the workplace. On June 9, the JLP launched its new Mental Health in the Workplace workshop and the Atlantic RFC answered all the questions about this new offering and how to bring it to the workplace.


Public Works and Government Services Canada Awards of Excellence: a facilitator of the Joint Learning Program recognized 
On June 17, as part of the National Public Service Week, the Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) Awards of Excellence was held. It is the highest distinction awarded by the Department. Presented annually since 2003, these awards are designed to recognize employees who, alone or as a team, go above and beyond and enhance the Department reputation embodying the core values of PWGSC: respect, integrity, excellence and leadership. The work of Edmond Maltais, Labour Relations Senior Advisor in the Quebec region, has been recognized on this occasion in the category sharing / transfer of knowledges.

Mr. Maltais is rated the award for his contribution in the field of labor relations. Under the Joint Learning Program, he facilitates, among others, the workshop on understanding the collective agreement. He was also, during more than two years, member of the Executive of the Labour Relations Interdepartmental Committee, which brings together federal departments professionals in labor relations of the region. During his tenure, he has shared in different ways his knowledges of issues and trends in labor relations.


Edmond Maltais, left, was presented with his award by the 
Regional Director General, Richard Meroni.


10-year Facilitation Recognition - Prairies and Northwest Territories 
Corrinne Mitchell, Regional Field Coordinator, presented Alex Kozubal with his 10-year Award on June 17 in Winnipeg. Mr. Kozubal, a Health & Safety Officer for Human Resources and Social Development Canada, has facilitated seventeen workshops for the Joint Learning Program (JLP) including seven Labour-Management Consultation and five Understanding Collective Agreement workshops.

Alex Kozubal and Corrinne Mitchell

Sharon Bath, a Parole Officer for Corrections Service Canada (CSC), was also recognized for her 10-year contribution to the program. In addition to being a CSC Memorandum of Understanding facilitator, she has also delivered five workshops for the general JLP program.


A Facilitator from the Ontario and Nunavut Region Honoured for her Contribution to the Joint Learning Program 
Karen Page has recently received an award for completing 10 years of facilitation with the Joint Learning Program. Ms. Page delivered seven workshops for the Joint Learning Program in the Ontario and Nunavut Region. Now a resident of the Atlantic Region, she will deliver her first workshop in this region on September 10.