Welcome Back to Another Exciting Year!

Posted:30 August 2017

Author: Lisa Dickner, Community Learning Network

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Where does the time go? I started with the CLN in September of 2009 and it is nearly September 2017! Eight years have evaporated so very quickly and next thing I know, I’ll be presenting myself with my 10 year recognition pin. Many things have changed over the years – mostly notably the changes in staff (both CLN and CALP) and board members over that time. So many wonderful people have come across my path over the years and I want you to know that I think of them often as they have had a big impact on me, our organization and our system. Their contributions guided our growth and evolution into a much more dynamic and inclusive organization. I am very proud of the path we are on and continue to enjoy working on new projects, connecting with new partners and meeting all of the new staff entering the system and becoming part of our “CALP-ified” universe!

Speaking of our universe… we are pleased to welcome so many new staff to CALP programs this fall. While Regional Support Staff are busy lining you up for a New Staff Visit and ensuring you are connected to all things CALP through the Portal, we also want to let you know that we want to connect you with other new staff so you can share your experiences as well as learn and grow together in our community of practice. You’ll be invited to join online groups through the Portal as well as have the opportunity to participate in webinars at key points throughout the year. For those attending the Symposium – we’ve also set aside time for you to meet face-to-face with other staff beginning their CALP journey. (For all of you who have passed the “new” stage – we’ve also planned plenty of activity for you to engage with your peers as well!)

Have ideas on how we can support your ongoing learning and professional development? We’d love to hear from you. Connect with any of our staff at your convenience. 

Another step in our journey is the addition of a new CLN staff member who is supporting staff who work with Indigenous and Metis Learners. I’m pleased to welcome Lori St. Cyr from Peavine Metis Settlement as our new Indigenous Liaison. Lori’s position will take her to all 4 corners of the province and many points in between over the next year. In less than a month you can meet her in person at the Symposium or via connect@calp.ca if you can’t wait. Lori will be contributing blogs on the Portal at various points during the year to share her learnings as she shapes this new position.

Next week our CALP Connections eNewsletter will be delivered to your inbox and we’ll be sharing more about what we have planned for the fall to keep you up-to-date on opportunities you won’t want to miss.

Kudos to everyone who has been part of this collaborative team, past and present, continuing to shape adult learning here in Alberta! Best wishes for a fantastic fall full of learning, growing and changing lives!

Lisa Dickner,
CLN Executive Director

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