INUKSHUK - on the RISE!
pile of rocks or stones, these rocks are being strategically
placed by people like us, one rock at a time, we are building
Rapport, adding Information and finding Solutions, ethically.
we can truly make a difference.
We, like the
Inuit are creating something that will mark the way, we are
people determined to survive and determined to succeed. The
Inukshuk is a guide, giving direction to fellow journeyers.
strategy is a guidepost pointing the way - building Rapport,
sourcing Information, and finding Solutions - Ethically. This
is a new beginning for us and for many who will follow.
Like the Inukshuk
we stand today, symbolic of our responsibility to one another
and our dependence on one another.
"The difference we can make today, will count in
all our tomorrows..........."
is a powerful symbol of the importance of making an effort today
that will make the way better and safer for all of us tomorrow.
we can make a difference. Let's acknowledge our responsibilities
to one another to make our world a better, safer, more caring
This is the 4th
newsletter this year, we have been watching what is happening
around the world and in Canada and we have been reporting on areas
we feel are valuable and of interest to our readers. We have a
Federal election in our midst – it is our responsibility
to recognize that this new culture of integrity must be part of
the platform for all politicians. No longer can we trust election
promises, they must be held accountable. RISE
Up Canada is one of the most efficient ways we can
monitor our federal representatives. Don't just vote this
time around, build a rapport with your candidates, get to know
them before you vote. Ask questions, get their answers and document
that information. Hold them accountable. Recognize that if achievable
solutions aren't in their platform, you shouldn't
vote for them. RISE
stands for rapport, information, solutions – ethically.
Change is inevitable make sure you vote with your head, not your
heart. I speak to many groups of foreign trained professionals
each year, and recognize the importance of identifying their needs
and values during this upcoming election. Leadership candidates
need to embrace the RISE philosophy, to build the rapport with
our new Canadians, to gather relevant information available and
to find appropriate solutions that will help both Canada and our
new Canadians flourish. The open
letter to the leadership candidates was copied to
me – I am happy to share it with you.
provide you with information that is relevant and timely. In this
issue we are encouraging you to consider volunteering with programs
directed towards our youth. Programs like ACE,
Advancement for Canadian Entrepreneurship that help students develop
their entrepreneurship talents. We suggest that Camp
Enterprise, a business boot camp for high school
students sponsored by Rotary
is another wonderful way to help kids help themselves. I speak
to these groups each year, and I am impressed with what these
kids learn and what they do with what they have learned. No longer
can we sit back and expect our children to know, evaluate and
decide what's right for them – they need guidance.
At ConnectUs we are working on a program that will provide
a template to help kids make well-informed decisions.
We salute the champions and offer an article on Community
Living and the importance of Social
Capital. Chris Grayson from Community Living Campbellford
provides role models for organizations wanting to conquer the
problems of diversity, by using self-advocacy.
I was privileged to be able to attend the Women
Trading Globally conference in B.C. last month. I
met more than 300 businesswomen from around the world. One group
of women were delegates from Iraq. Meeting them and hearing their
stories has changed my life. There is a tremendous opportunity
for Canada to provide these women with the tools they need to
help educate their children, they believe that Canada can help
them make a difference. I have the Connector List and I am happy
to make business matches between these women and our readers
I truly believe that as Canadians we can make a difference, in
our own country and around the world. For those of you who know
me, you will be familiar with the We
Choose Canada initiative we founded last year on
Canada's birthday. This year for Canada's birthday
we are holding a huge birthday party – one that will bring
attention to our country, our people, and our spirit! The initiative
this year is called RISE
up Canada! It's time we recognized that as
Canadians we need to RISE up and recognize what we want for our
country and our citizens. The RISE
program was founded by ConnectUs
and is a strategy we use in all our business development. The
of the Junior Chamber of Commerce will be helping
us celebrate by having a birthday cake at their World Conference
We are delighted with the progress ConnectUs is making not only
with our RISE program, but also with our Network to Get Work satellites
being launched around Ontario. Our first launch is in
on June 29th, 2004. Our launch pad experts, our "Opportunities
Team" will be instrumental in launching many new projects
over the next year.
Menezes is our web
master and our newsletter publisher, she is instrumental in
making our network, work! Ramona
Ostrander is our clarity expert, guiding us as
we define our goals and objectives. Dianne
McDonald is our creative administrator, providing
for all our office needs – virtually! Richard
Messer is our "Mission Control" he is the
voice behind each event, the person who makes building rapport,
gathering information and finding solutions look easy!
Point, a book being co-authored by J.P. Hatala
and myself is coming along nicely. We have both been writing
furiously and will soon introduce a program that jointly we
see as the answer to many of the problems people face when networking.
So many of us don't know that there is a process that
must be followed in order to achieve a pre-determined goal.
The process will provide the template and the training to go
from opportunity to solution.
Art of Effective Networking is included in this
newsletter. We have also launched our new ConnectUs
Forum – which is based on RISE.
If you have a question, or want to meet other individuals who
believe that networking isn't just exchanging business
cards – then visit the Web
site and join us.