Interactive Storytelling for the Kids

FCO’s Open House will feature an interactive performance of stories and music by Mr. James (James Patterson), who is a dynamic and imaginative storyteller and musician who tells tales and sings songs from all around the world. Mr. James is part of a Children’s Trio called Three Funny Hats which has been enchanting audiences with stories and songs for three years. He is the founder of WorldPlay Theatre which gives performances and teaches classes in Canada and Israel.

Information Session on Employment Insurance (special benefits) for HR Staff

The Family Care Office has invited a representative from Service Canada to provide an overview on the regulations and application procedures for applying for Employment Insurance Maternity and Parental Benefits, Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits and Employment Insurance benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children.

Facilitator: Sarita Censoni, Citizen Services Specialist, Service Canada

Increase Your Cultural Fluency — A Key to an Effective Transition to Your New Life in Canada

Although many newcomers to Canada have a high level of English proficiency and extensive professional experience, they face barriers in finding suitable employment and adapting to a new life in general. The evidence shows that a newcomer’s “cultural fluency” has a greater impact on the individual’s transition and adaption to a new country. In this session, the presenter will provide insightful observations and clear analysis on how cultural values and assumptions influence people’s perspectives, communication and behaviour. The presenter will also share strategies on how to improve your cultural fluency in Canada so you can communicate and work more effectively in the Canadian context.

Presenter: Ben Yang came to Canada from Beijing China as a graduate student at OISE/UT over 20 years ago, and has had first-hand experience of adapting to a different cultural and academic environment. Currently, he is the Executive Director, International Education and Training at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario.

He is a frequent presenter on globalization, cross-cultural communication and career development, and has been teaching as an instructor for the International Educator Training Program (IETP) at Queens’ University for the past 10 years.

I Don’t See What You Mean: How Communication Styles Affect Family Dynamics

A Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Workshop.

Explore different communication styles and understand their impact on your family dynamics. Use the patterns of personality type described in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to communicate effectively, and to appreciate personal differences. During this full-day workshop, you will experience “personality in action” through a few interactive challenges and discussions, and become more aware of your communication preferences. By the end of the workshop, you will:

  • Receive a personalized MBTI report describing communication style preferences
  • Recognize how various problem solving and decision making methods impact people close to you
  • Learn how to use the diversity of communication styles to help improve your interaction with your family members and others

Facilitator: Carlos Esteves is a training and development professional with fifteen years of experience as a manager and senior leader in the creation and implementation of customer satisfaction and team communication improvement workshops, including Myers Briggs Type Indicator workshop.