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Work experience

1999Present

Production Manager & Tour Coordinator

Theatre In The Rough

ØInterviewed and recommended staff, lead hiring of talented diverse individuals.

ØNegotiated and arranged air and ground transportation, and accommodations.

Ø Drafted contracts; budgeted and executed payroll.

ØLiaised with South African partners to ensure balanced satisfaction.

ØSubmitted final report, completing project goals successfully for all parties involved.

Jan 2009Present

Intake & Orientation Assistant

Toronto District School Board (Newcomer Services for Adults - Morningside)
  • Provide settlement information and referrals to newcomer clients on program supports,community services to meet their needs.
  • Meet, orient and interview newly arrived newcomers and their families to identify clientsettlement needs, current situation, employment history, job readin
  • Assist newcomer clients with employment assistance (resume writing, interview skills), as appropriate
  • Maintain accurate and thorough up-to-date files and reports
Jan 2009Jul 2009

Employment Specialist

Toronto District School Board (Bickford Job Finding Club)

ØCommunicated familarity with needs of the employed and aspects

              of employability

ØDemonstrated strong organizational and presentation skills.

ØLectured over 70 clients on Job Search strategies and maintenance.

ØPromoted the program at Job Fairs.

ØConducted interviewing role-play with clients.

ØCounseled clients one-on-one re: career path; strengthening resumes and

        cover letters.

ØLead power point information sessions with prospective clients

Ø      Delivered outreach marketing materials to Employment Assessment Centres

20062008

Trainer & Facilitator

Community Builders Youth Leadership

ØCommunicated familarity with needs of the employed and aspects

        of employability

ØDemonstrated strong organizational and presentation skills.

ØLectured over 70 clients on Job Search strategies and maintenance.

ØPromoted the program at Job Fairs.

ØConducted interviewing role-play with clients.

ØCounseled clients one-on-one re: career path; strengthening resumes and

        cover letters.

ØLead power point information sessions with prospective clients.

20052006

Needs Assessment Researcher & Experiential Workshop Co-Facilitator

CompassCan Inc.

ØResearched and personally interviewed potential clients on behalf of three non-profit health care organizations as they began to share common office space, equipment, and establish business relationships.

Ø Attended office equipment demos to understand each vendor’s machines to better recommend to the Executive Directors, for the contracting of their products and services.

Ø Liaised between Executive Directors to promote teamwork, agreements and outreach.

ØCo-Facilitated Workshops with organizational staff and their volunteers.

19992005

Freelance Writer/Children's Author

Freelance Writer & Children's Author

ØInstructed writing workshops to elementary school students, and adults.

ØCreated book proposals and initiated marketing ideas, hence more contracts.

ØConducted school, public library and non-profit organization visits to read my published books and share the creative writing process with openness and passion.

Ø Lead presentations and coached fellow writers with their goals and strategies.

19961997

Researcher

Golconda Media Inc.

ØResearched historical data for film producer and director, for documentary film,

      Black On Yonge – 200 Years.

Ø Proficient at using public library newspapers, microfiche, special collections,

      National Film Board archival films and Ontario Black History Society records.

ØAuthored final report of findings leading to pre-production phase.

Education

1975Present

Speech Teaching Diploma

The Royal Conservatory of Music
19751977

York University, Glendon College
19701975

O.S.S.H.G.D.

Riverdale Collegiate Institute

Skills

Leadership/Interpersonal
*  Punctual                *  Imaginative                *  Friendly   *  Adaptable              *  Compassionate            *  Enterprising       Workshop Presentations Excellent Oral/Written Communication Self-Motivation Motivating/Assisting Others Strong Team Building & Recruitment Career Strategy Mentoring Outreach Individual & Team Facilitation Listening Attentively Conflict Resolution Concise Reporting Critique/Edit Writing Writing Proposals/Technical Material Manage Projects Research Needs Assessment     Word-processing, email, power point, database and internet                  

References

Angela Macri

Eileen Nemzer

Amah Harris

Currently Doctoral Candidate, York University, Toronto

Christine Sellar

Portfolio

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VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Member                                        Amarok Society (Canadian Compassion In Action Abroad)

Past President, BoardBlack Film & Video Network

                                                      [Lead hiring/interviews of  Exec. Dir.]

Past Vice-President, BoardCahoots Theatre Projects

Nominating Juror (6 years)   Genie Awards

Cultural Arts Advisor Ontario Arts Council

Literary Arts Program Juror           Toronto Arts Council

Summary

Committed and passionate about the self-empowerment of people through the awakening processes

of education, program management, encouragement and productivity.

Selected Accomplishments

Ø Trained and motivated over 1,500 elementary school students, teachers    and administrators in leadership and peer mediation meeting the target of 23 schools in Toronto; Brantford, Caledonia, and Six Nations; Sudbury, Espanola, and Manitoulin Island, for Community Builders Youth Leadership. 

ØAuthored and co-facilitated experiential conflict-resolution and communication workshops for staff, raising issues the groups are likely to encounter as they co-mingle, for CompassCan.

ØCo-assisted teaching of educational trainers in conflict resolution as per racial integration within school system among students and educators in South Africa, for Theatre In The Rough.

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Bickford Job Finding Club Client  Testimonials

" I learned a lot from Dirk and Barb, especially on presentation. It opened my eyes."

"Barb and Dirk are really helpful. They have the skills to do the job so well. They are also caring and compassionate."

"Very strongly recommend this program.

Dirk and Barb are excellent Co-ordinators/Instructors of the program."

"The facilitators, Dirk and Barb, were always available and honest, giving I believe their very best. I found both facilitators imparting their personal experiences very helpful."