Fall 2016
Welcome to the fall edition of the Intervenor Services Human Resource Strategy's newsletter!
We're excited to share our progress over the last few months with you !
Core Competencies Sub-Committee
This summer, the Core Competencies Sub-Committee continued their work on behavioural competencies after introducing them to the sector and providing an initial round of training on them at the Piecing the Puzzle Together event, held
May 26th & 27th 2016.  A behavioural competency is any skill, knowledge, behaviour or other personal characteristic that is essential to perform the job and that differentiates outstanding from typical performers.
books_laptop_apple.jpgAs a next step in the process, the committee began putting together the important elements for the second workshop for trainers, "Coaching for Behavioural Competencies Workshop," scheduled for October 17, 2016.
This workshop was created for designated trainers to support them in coaching and developing employees .
For your reference, the following individuals are designated trainers:

Leah Cameron - CDBA Ontario
Holly Floyd - CDBA Ontario
Sue Hall - CDBA Ontario
Jennifer Kapin - CDBA Ontario
Melanie Gauthier - CHKC
Lee Simpson - CHKC
Renee Toninger - CHKC
Marta Zaharia - CHKC
Allan Wareham - CHS
Melinda Allen - CNIB
Beverly Morris - CNIB
Tammy Taylor - CNIB
Tina Sarkar-Thompson - CNIB
Jessica White - CNIB
Theresa Merrifield - DeafBlind Ontario Services
Laura Proudfoot - DeafBlind Ontario Services
Alyssa Young - DeafBlind Ontario Services

Next on the horizon... is the full implementation of all behavioural competencies within  agencies across the sector between January and March 2017.   Tell us about your plan to help make competencies a reality in your organization.

Contact Elaine Bennett at pcishr@deafblindontario.com if you have questions on training or to share your plan. 
Get Familiar with Behavioural Competencies

To help us get familiar with Behavioural Competencies, the Core Competencies Sub-learning_enter_key.jpgCommittee created some interesting ways to review the competencies through a wordsearch and by highlighting a Behavioural Competency in each ISHRS quarterly newsletter.
We encourage you to check out these tools and share them with your teams!    
Behavioural Competency: Act with Integrity
Level 3
Act on values and ethics when it is not easy to do so
"I was out in the community with one of my consumers. We stopped in a plaza to pick up some groceries. When we walked by the coffee shop in the plaza, I noticed one of my colleagues was in the coffee shop with one of his consumers. I was a little surprised to see that he was sitting at the table, reading a newspaper, and the consumer was sitting with him, looking very bored. It bothered me that my colleague wasn't interacting with the consumer in any way. I made a point of speaking with him about it the next day. He said he was exhausted that day, and just didn't have the energy. I told him that I felt that was unacceptable, and that we're here to enhance the lives of our consumers, regardless of what's going on in our own lives."
Best Practices in Human Resources Sub-Committee
Since the amazing interactive workshop at the Piecing the Puzzle Together event in May, the Best Practices in Human Resources Sub-Committee has been working hard to collect tools from human resource departments and senior management across all 21 agencies. These tools will help inform the best practices HR toolkit. The committee is interested in learning best practices currently in use across the Intervenor Services sector in specific areas of: recruitment, retention, recognition, onboarding and succession planning .
We're excited about sharing this comprehensive toolkit by March 2017. Once finalized, these tools will be instrumental in supporting the full implementation of behavioural competencies across the sector.
In addition to developing the Best Practices in Human Resources toolkit, the Best Practices in Human Resources Sub-Committee has been busy developing materials for the Behavioural-Based Interview 101 training sessions.
Registration forms will be sent out next week to senior management across the sector. Training will be held as follows (limited to 20 people per session):
  • January 18, 2017 - Newmarket *
  • January 19, 2017 - Newmarket *
  • February 8, 2017 - Paris *
  • March 9, 2017 - Ottawa *
* Locations to be confirmed. Additional locations/dates may be available depending on demand.
Education and Training Sub-Committee
The Education and Training Sub-Committee hosted meetings throughout the summer dedicated to developing Technical Competencies for the Intervenor Services sector. Stay tuned for updates on this important work in the months ahead!
On July 14, 2016, Zeenat Jahmohammed, Chair of the School of Social and Community Services & the School of Deaf and Deafblind Studies at George Brown College joined the committee for an update of their work.
This proved to be another wonderful opportunity to strengthen our connection with George Brown College, one of our valued partners!
Increasing our communications across the sector!
The Marketing and Communications Sub-Committee has been sharing updates about the work of the strategy on social media. 
Share your experiences working in the Intervenor Services sector on Twitter https://twitter.com/IntervenorSrvcs or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/IntervenorServices

Updates from our Partners!
Throughout the course of the ISHRS strategy, we've been building awareness about the work of our sector while creating partnerships across other sectors.
Check out the following links for an update of the work of our partners:
  - Intervenor Organization of Ontario Website
- Developmental Services Human Resource Strategy    http://www.ontariodevelopmentalservices.ca/

- George Brown College


- The Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind (CNSDB)   http://www.deafblindcanada.ca/

Looking Ahead to the Future...
Now that we are at the mid-point of the ISHRS strategy, we are looking ahead for ideas on how we can build on our important work to date.
We're excited about the next phase of our workplan. magic_stars_book.jpg
Stay connected for updates on our long-term priorities for the strategy!
Many of you continue to provide your time, expertise and enthusiasm into shaping the ISHRS.
Thank you for your valued contributions!

We want to hear from you!
Our keyboard-sm.jpgnext edition is just around the corner. If you have information you would like to share in our next edition,  please email us at pcishr@deafblindontario.com . 
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