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By Debra Yearwood
At first, I was pleased to see all of the invitations to virtual workshops, seminars and chat groups to discuss resilience and managing anxiety in difficult times. Then as the invitations continued to pile up I started to wonder if maybe I was sending off vibes to make people think I needed to hear those messages. As I spoke to friends and family, I quickly realized they were receiving similar invites, though perhaps not to the extent I was.  Then again I’m in the people business and have friends who are facilitators and coaches.  The sudden surge in resilience and stress management seminars is a natural and necessary response to the times we are living through. Even if you are an old hand at managing through crisis situations, this time things are different. Until now this degree and length of isolation were unheard of,  simply put, this is a first. In fact, when have we ever had a collective experience like this as a planet?  We are social beasts and we don’t like being cut off. Zoom, Facetime, Skype and the like are all well and good, but they can’t replace spending real time with people.

It’s like a great social experiment in which the whole world gets to see what it’s like to live in isolation, not unlike many older adults do every day, for years. In 2018, when Britain created the new role of Minister of Loneliness, the idea was so surprising that everyone from the New York Times to CTV had something to say about it. I wonder if anyone out there still questions the wisdom of the role?  Who thinks perhaps Canada and other countries should give it some thought too? 

Loneliness didn’t start getting serious attention until it started to have an impact on young people. I wonder what other things we are about to discover that older adults have already learned?  My bet is we will figure out that it's stressful to look for a job when you feel like there is no hope of getting one regardless of your qualifications. We’ll learn that everyone needs to have access to technology in a world where it is often the only lifeline.  We’ll realize that it is hard living in a world where you become so invisible it's as if you are hidden behind a face mask. The coronavirus is hard on all of us, but I can’t help but think it will also teach us some valuable lessons.
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By Helen Hirsh Spence

Having listened to COVID 19 news non-stop for the past six weeks, I have found myself drifting away from my typical interest in staying up to date. I am sure I am not alone in wondering whether anything else is going on in the world. Has the war in Syria been suspended? Have there been any earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes erupting anywhere?

I don’t blame the media for its focus on the pandemic. I acknowledge that my immediate family and I are very fortunate to be healthy. I don’t have parents in a facility of any sort; they are regrettably long gone. I also don’t live anywhere near Portaupique, Nova Scotia. I haven’t been touched by that tragedy, which, unfortunately, has been the only respite from news of the pandemic.


NEW Platform allows over-60s to monetize from their expertise by teaching online classes
In July 2019, Esther Hershcovich started looking for a way to help her parents, Montrealers in their 70s and 80s, She wanted to create something that would be a meaningful way for them to spend their extra time, stay active, and bring in some money at the same time.

She wondered about the gig marketplace and the flexibility it offered and tried to think of ways to give the 60+ community an opportunity to tap into it. In her research, she noticed one immediate commonality: most activities were targeted towards millennials or those currently in the workforce. Meanwhile, retirees with an entire career’s worth of wisdom to share were seeking ways to remain productive but felt excluded from existing online platforms. They were also subtly discriminated against based on their age.


Management Development for Women Toastmasters - Communication & Leadership
Do you need to develop communication and leadership that's uniquely your own? The Management Development for Women Toastmasters (MDW) club can make that happen for you. The club provides a warm and supportive environment for women who are looking to enhance their communication and leadership skills.

FREE - 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month 

Online (Virtual) Referral & Networking Group - Networked City
Networked City is a Non-Profit supported and run by volunteers and small business owners. They meet on a weekly basis over breakfast and help their members grow their business. Through structured, positive, and professional referral programs, they are creating and fostering the development of meaningful and long-term relationships.

FREE - Tuesdays

Compassionate Branding in a Time of Crisis (Webinar)
Everything from your products and services, all the way to your marketing, tells your brand story. But what story do you tell during a time of crisis? In this webinar, they will discuss strategies to help your brand stay relevant, and useful, during the COVID-19 crisis. This isn’t the time to sit on the sidelines. This is an opportunity to make a real impact in the lives of your customers.

You’ll see real-world examples of brands navigating these challenges and gain a strategic framework to help you create your own plan fast. See you there!

FREE - May 8, 2020

How to transform feedback into action
Learn how to drive real change and impact at your organization by doubling down on the key growth-driving stage that organizations often miss: taking action. From survey best practices to in-depth action plans, our 3rd annual Curiosity Conference Virtual invites thought leaders, expert practitioners, and research scientists from leading companies and SurveyMonkey to explore what it really means to transform feedback into action.
FREE - May 20, 2020
VIDEO: How to Shift Your Mindset to Choose Your Future
When it comes to big life problems, we often stand at a crossroads: either believe we're powerless against great change, or we rise to meet the challenge. In an urgent call to action, political strategist Tom Rivett-Carnac makes the case for adopting a mindset of "stubborn optimism" to confront climate change -- or whatever crisis may come our way -- and sustain the action needed to build a regenerative future. As he puts it: "Stubborn optimism can fill our lives with meaning and purpose."

Games That Can Be Played On Zoom As A Group
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