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KEEPING THE SOCIAL IN SOCIAL ISOLATION
By Debra Yearwood
You may be feeling the effects of an extended stay at home or you might be wondering how you can occupy your time better. The good news is that social isolation can still be social. I got together with a group of friends last Friday for some wine and to share our experiences with social isolation. We laughed, we got information and most importantly, we connected. All without leaving the comfort of our individual homes. There are many programs out there that are easy to use if you want to chat with small groups and its a lot more fun than you might think.

Even if ...
You have never organized, joined or even liked online meetings, now is the time to start. There are many resources out there to help you through the process.  We have compiled a list of online schools and video chat tools you might find useful. There's even one for reading to the grandkids (but you have to scroll to the "Worth Sharing section). We encourage you to look at the many learning and engagement opportunities available. 


Take Courses for Free or at low rates on these sites:
Udemy Study any topic, anytime. Explore thousands of courses starting at CA$13.99 each.
EdX Access 2500+ Online Courses from 140 Top Institutions. 
Coursera: Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies.
OntarioLearn : A collection of shared online college courses from all 24 of Ontario’s publicly-funded colleges.

Once you have chosen a subject of interest, take a look at the following tip sheet for making the most of the process.
11 Ways to Get the Most From Online Learning

Create your own video chat groups with these tools for free:
Whereby (4 or less for free)
Messenger Video Chat 
Zoom (40 minutes for free and up to 100 people)
 
Still, looking for things to read or things to do?  Check out the events listed below and our online resources
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BLOG: NETWORKING THROUGH A PANDEMIC
By Helen Hirsh Spence
Image of red virus on blue background

In late February, I had the good fortune to attend a session put on by the Kanata-Carleton Small Business Network at RBC on Hazeldean Road. This five-year-old network provides resources for small business owners in the region. They invited Michael Hughes as their speaker. Within 5 minutes, he had the audience mesmerized.

READ MORE HERE 


EVENTS OF INTEREST
Virtual Tours of the Louvre
Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the façades of the Louvre.

FREE 
VISIT HERE

Webinar – The Art of Mind-Management: Overcoming Procrastination
Have you ever had so many things running through your mind, you didn’t know where to start? If you are jumping from one task to the next without making a sizable dent in your growing to-do list, you need to learn the art of focus.

This webinar will explore your current work habits that may be holding you back. It will help free up your mind to create greater focus and provide strategies to deal with procrastination.

FREE - April 2, 2020
LEARN MORE HERE

Webinar: Branding 101
Learn the fundamentals of creating a strong customer-focused brand.

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to build a cohesive brand that speaks to your customers and breaks through the noise in the market

FREE - April 3, 2020
LEARN MORE HERE

Virtual Art Exhibition
Buffalo’s Own will be hosting a virtual art exhibition. The virtual exhibit will be held on Saturday, April 4th to April 18th from 12:00 PM-Until.

Buffalo’s Own Virtual Art Exhibition will be featuring talented artists of all mediums. The goal of the virtual art exhibitions is to bridge the gap between the art enthusiast and the artists by bringing the gallery to your homes. This event is free to the public, Once you register you will receive an access link to the exhibition.
FREE - April 4-18, 2020
LEARN MORE HERE
 
WORTH SHARING 
Building On Diversity
In the next decade, 25% of Canada’s population will be over 65, and half of the population will be over 50. Yet when we explore the potential of the future of work, we are consistently confronted with a focus on youth.
READ HERE
 
VIDEO: How to be Your Best Self During Times of Crisis
"Life's beauty is inseparable from its fragility," says psychologist Susan David. In a special virtual conversation, she shares wisdom on how to build resilience, courage and joy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Responding to listeners' questions from across the globe, she offers ways to talk to your children about their emotions, keep focus during the crisis and help those working on the fr,ont lines. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson, and current affairs curator, Whitney Pennington Rogers.)
WATCH HERE

AARP Online Games
Play online games for free.
PLAY HERE

CARIBU
Caribu is a video-calling app that integrates children’s books and activities, allowing children to have “screen positive” time with a trusted adult — anywhere in the world. Caribu is free during the COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate connections between grandparents and grandkids.
START HERE
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