On June 15 & 16, 2015, we officially kicked off the strategy with approximately 200 participants from 21 agencies across Ontario, including representatives from the Ministry of Community and Social Services and other government ministries. Our agenda on the first day included an introductory address from the Co-Chairs of our Steering Committee who shared details about the strategy and introduced members of the Steering Committee, followed by an overview from each sub-committee chair.
The first day concluded with two inspirational speakers who encouraged participants to embrace change from a personal as well as professional perspective: Lorraine Behnan, "Ignite Your Evolution: Excelling Through Change" followed by Spencer West, who encouraged the audience to "Redefine Possible."
Lorraine is a motivational speaker and communications expert, who has helped hundreds of professionals become more effective presenters and communicators. She is known for her entertaining and energetic programs, which combine her skills as a long-time presentation coach for corporate executives and as a former actor with the famed Second City Comedy Revue.
Spencer is a well-known keynote speaker, author of the best-selling book Standing Tall: My Journey, and star of the documentary Redefine Possible: The Story of Spencer West, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. He has inspired audiences, describing his journey after losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro using his hands and wheelchair.
The second day of the launch featured a keynote at lunch by the Honorable Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, speaking about the important partnership between her ministry and the Intervenor Services sector.
It also featured core competencies sessions facilitated by Rick Lash, Alyssa Montmarquette, and Kim Stewart from Hay Group, who guided participants through the process of competency development and helped them understand how this can impact best practices in their day-to-day work.
The Hay Group is a global consulting firm that works with leaders to transform strategy into reality. For over 65 years, their focus has been on making change happen, and helping people and organizations realize their potential.
Thank you to everyone who helped bring this exciting launch together!