Winter 2016
Welcome
sparkling-snowy-trees.jpg Welcome to the winter edition of the Intervenor Services Human Resource Strategy newsletter!   We are excited to share some of the positive work of  the ISHRS with you.
Expert Panels
This quarter, the Core Competencies Sub-Committee continued their work with the Hay Group to shape draft competency models, following the province-wide focus group sessions and a survey to the sector. A consistent set of competencies will support how we recruit, train and develop people in the Intervenor, Supervisor and Manager roles within the sector.
 
The Sub-Committee hosted expert panels to help verify the accuracy of these models. Agencies across the sector were asked to nominate panel participants who fit the following criteria: who are exemplary/high performers; whose advice and input is valued by others; and, who have a very good understanding of all aspects of the role and can speak knowledgeably about it. A selection committee from the Core Competencies Sub-Committee reviewed all submissions and invited individuals from six agencies to provide input, following a specific selection process.
 
Expert panel participants met in London, Toronto, and Newmarket, November 30, 2015 to December 3, 2015 to review competency models for the Intervenor, Supervisor and Manager roles. Next steps will include review and approval of the core competency models, followed by the final unveiling at the upcoming ISHRS event in May 2016.
 
Partnerships
The Intervenor Services Human Resource Strategy has been making some new friends!
 
One of the goals of the strategy is to increase the understanding of the sector and promote a more professional perspective of the role of intervenors through stronger partnerships across our sector and with other sectors.
 
After hosting our official launch in June, we have been sharing and gathering input from the Intervenor Organization of Ontario (IOO). This professional body is committed to providing advocacy and support on behalf of their members. Through the provision of a Code of Ethics, professional standards and opportunities for career development, the IOO is dedicated to providing quality Intervenor services to deafblind persons. If you are not familiar with them, we encourage you to check them out on their website at http://www.intervenors.ca , or on twitter at: https://twitter.com/ioo_intervenor
 
Our Sub-Committees are also communicating and sharing best practices with the Developmental Services sector through their Human Resource Strategy. To build on this connection, we applied and were accepted to make a presentation "Intervenor Services Human Resource Strategy: Another Piece of the Puzzle" at their annual forum, scheduled for February 9th & 10th 2016. This presentation is a great opportunity for us to share our work and explore areas of common alignment. You can find out more about their work at http://www.ontariodevelopmentalservices.ca .
 
We have also been learning more about an interesting collaboration between the Ontario NonProfit Network (ONN), the Mowat Centre and Toronto Neighbourhood Centres. After reviewing their recent joint report "Change Work: Valuing decent work in the not-for-profit sector, " we shared a summary of our ISHRS initiative with them. Their report closely aligns with the values of our sector by confirming " a sector that champions decent work - both at a community level and through investing in its employees - will have an increased ability to make community impacts due to better engagement and effectiveness from its workers. "
 
Their report advocates for innovation and creative solutions to boost engagement within a sector and they were interested in learning more about the exciting work of our ISHRS and our goals to create " a sector strategy that focuses on skills development and core competencies for workers in the sector." Check out the report at:
 
ONN is the provincial network for the approximately 55,000 nonprofit organizations across Ontario. As a 7,000-strong provincial network, with a volunteer base of 300 sector leaders, ONN brings the diverse voices of the sector to government, funders and business to create and influence systemic change. To learn more about ONN, go to their website: http://theonn.ca
 
Stay tuned to learn more about our ongoing work within the sector and with other sectors!
Intervenor Training Research Forum
The Education and Training Sub-Committee is planning an Intervenor Training Research Forum, scheduled for February 1st & 2nd, 2016. This Forum will review current training programs for Intervenors in order to determine best practices.
 
Another exciting development is the Education and Training Sub-Committee's collaboration with George Brown College's Intervenor Program. The ISHRS Steering Committee along with the Education and Training Sub-Committee were invited to attend a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting on October 27th, 2015 to present research findings related to the education and training needs of Intervenors at Intervenor Services agencies in Ontario.

For more details on this educational program, please check out the following website: http://www.georgebrown.ca/c108-2013-2014/
Looking Ahead
The Steering Committee will meet on lampost-bricks.jpg
January 25 & 26, 2016.
During the meeting, they will review the work of the strategy, including the work of the four Sub-Committees, and plan for the next fiscal year. We look forward to sharing the confirmed priorities with you in our spring 2016 Newsletter!
Welcome Elaine!
Elaine Bennett, previously the strategy's Research Assistant, has moved into the Project Coordinator role, as of October 2015. With this change, results from the survey that went out to Intervenors and Intervenor Services Providers in late July and August 2016, will now be shared with the sector by April 2016. Keep an eye out on the website for this exciting release!
Save the Date!
smartphone_stocks.jpg Have you marked your calendar for the ISHRS 2016 event? We are planning an event scheduled for May 26th and 27th 2016 at the Hilton Toronto Markham Suites Conference Centre and Spa. Check your inbox for more details!

The Future is in Your Hands! computer_idea_web.jpg
The ISHRS Steering Committee and four Sub-Committees composed of 8 agencies within the Intervenor Services Sector, MCSS, and GBC, have been meeting regularly throughout the past year and dedicating themselves to moving this exciting initiative forward.
 
A sincere thank you for your commitment and dedication to the strategy!
 
Keep us in the l oop....

We wantstone-carving-quill.jpg this newsletter to be as helpful as possible. We encourage you to share your good news with us! If you have an event, an award or a report you would like the sector to know about, please email us at pcishr@deafblindontario.com

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