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If you must get around, and it is safe to do so, click here for more information about health measures being taken by the London Transit Commission. You can also keep updated with the provincial and municipal newsrooms. Click here for the City of London, or here for the Province of Ontario. Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.
As we approach international women’s day on Sunday, March 8, 2020 it is important to reflect both on how far we’ve come with women’s rights and equality but also how far there is still left to go. Take interview and work clothing, for example. Every year, Moores generously donates many suits for men in need to access for interviews or networking efforts or even just to boost confidence. The LEHC has started to focus more on clothing for women in need and wants to build up its collection to support its women clients in the same way. Contact LEHC to donate or inform us if you know of any good sources! 519-439-0501 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your support!
Happy International Women’s Day! Let’s celebrate the strength and courage of women, not just on this day but every day.
The OMSSA released an update today informing communities about upcoming public consultations for the provincial and federal budgets. Click here to read more and to give your input and feedback on the provincial budget. Or visit the Federal Government’s budget consultation website to provide valuable feedback and input about the federal budget. You can also submit your feedback by regular mail.
Also included was an update about the Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit, which is a government investment to support people that need financial assistance with housing costs. Read all about it here.
Just thinking about that word can make most people shudder with anxiety. This is meant to define the act of meeting people. It is a holistic concept linked to your skills to show up with charisma and put yourself out there in order to make new contacts that you are ultimately trying to use to your advantage. When put that bluntly, it’s understandable that networking makes people uncomfortable. But, that’s an important point: it makes everyone uncomfortable to a certain degree. Some are just more used to it than others. Like anything, your ability to perform in networking effectively depends on your level of exposure and practice. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Add to that the fact that everybody naturally networks and, that in its purest form networking is just socializing and getting to meet new people that could become friends or partners, and it will slowly lose its power of intimidation.
The biggest challenges of networking always come with beginning. The first step is often the hardest and can prevent people from even trying in the first place.
But, just think, what was it that stopped you the last time you wanted to put yourself out there? Was it what others might think of you? You don’t think you’re good enough or worth the time? You believe you will fail? Then, ask yourself, “What does failure mean?” “What would happen if things did not turn out the way I expect them to?”
Things will never really turn out as expected, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s not reasonable to think that there is only one acceptable outcome in any given situation that if unmet makes all efforts pointless, a waste of time, a failure. Try to approach your next outings with curiousity instead of anxiety, and accept that any number of outcomes could be even better than any you could have possibly imagined!
We all have good and bad days, days we wish were better, and horrible days that could not seem any worse. This is also normal. It’s unfortunate, yes, but completely natural for everyone. All we can do is treat others with respect and dignity, like they may be going through a tough challenge, and do our best to ease the struggle and offer a helping hand that could make all the difference. Networking, then, is less about what others can give to you and more about what you can offer others. Humility, kindness, generosity, gratitude: these are the traits of the greatest networkers. So, yes, there is injustice, unfairness, and incredible misfortune in this world; but, there is also hope, love, faith, and kindness. Most things will remain outside of your control, but there are also countless measures you can take to improve things in a positive way on a daily basis, however slightly and however small the scale or influence. Fear, irrational perhaps, might be the only thing stopping you from putting yourself out there. All you have to do is show up.
For more inspiration, read from the Harvard Business Review here.
Join the fine folks at the Centre of Hope today for their first job fair…ever. Don’t miss out if you are interested in working to serve the community. There are roles of all kinds available. See below for the details. See you there! (January 9, 2020, 3-7:30 p.m., Centre of Hope Chapel, 281 Wellington Street, London ON).
A big thank you to all of the community partners that continue to make positive change through assisting individuals with participation in employment, education and/or training. Eight Employment Ontario (EO) offices, and a number of other valuable partners, contribute greatly to this progress on a daily basis!
Read more here!