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Connection and Community Weekly Webinar Series

May and June 2023

Our Connection and Community Weekly Webinar Series for Spring 2023 is now available. We have designed this series with job seekers, new entrepreneurs, and employers and their teams in mind. Please join us online in our live Zoom Webinars platform. Everyone is welcome to attend!

To register, please sign up for any or all of the sessions listed below.

If you have questions or need any assistance, please email us at

FEATURE PRESENTATION: Discover and Learn—Build on Your Financial Knowledge, Presented by RBC Royal Bank
With Marissa Jonn and Jeevan Bhullar, Banking Advisors, RBC Royal Bank
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)

Make A Change Canada is pleased to bring you this feature presentation with representatives from RBC. The knowledgeable RBC team will provide you with valuable insights into the following topics.

  • Savings and Investments—Learn why it is important to save, how to set personal financial goals, and understanding the various investment vehicles including RRSPs, RESPs, and TFSAs.
  • Credit—Learn more about how credit works and how to build a solid financial foundation.
  • Fraud and Cyber Fraud—Fraud has many faces—learn what it is, how it happens, and how to protect yourself.

Marissa Jonn is a Banking Advisor with RBC On Campus in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. Her career has grown her passion for helping young individuals feel confident in themselves to prepare for the world of work, and confident to grow their financial health and find strength in their financial understanding. Outside of work Marissa is a professional wedding and portrait photographer which has taken her to all parts of British Columbia to capture the important milestones in others’ lives.

Jeevan Bhullar is a Banking Advisor in Abbortsford, British Columbia. His passion to become financially literate and provide others the opportunity to learn about finances has accelerated his career. Jeevan is recognized within RBC, his community at large, and outside of RBC for his work planning events with external firms bringing youth an interactive experience by putting their minds at ease in dealing with finances. He does this by making a complex topic more approachable, understandable, and retainable. Outside of work, Jeevan is an avid reader, and is honing his cooking skills.

Please sign up to join this session and improve your financial literacy.

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WOW - Webinars on Work: Monetizing Creativity—How to Feed Your Creative Spirit Within
With Holly Penner, Workforce Opportunities Specialist - Make A Change Canada

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)

Creativity lives within each of us whether we are aware of it or not. In fact, there are many other ways to use creativity from your personal life and put it to work within your career to paint a more fulfilling future. This doesn’t mean we are all natural-born landscape painters or music composers. Even if you have some very basic art, writing, or photography skills, work can be your place to let your inner vision grow and creativity thrive! In this session Holly will unpack the myths and show you several techniques you can use to monetize your creativity, whatever it may be! Holly will also provide some solid examples of jobs, roles, and entrepreneurial endeavours that will allow you to use your creative talents to their fullest. Whether you are already a skilled artist, a creative thinker, or just dabbling in a hobby or pastime, this session has been designed for you.

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WOW - Webinars on Work: Confidence on Camera
With Anne-Marie Edgar, CEO, and Mary Alton, Program Manager - Make A Change Canada

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)

Showing confidence on camera, whether you are giving a presentation at work or competing for a new job, is a valuable skill to have. Add to this, that in today’s world, mastery of your online presence is becoming a necessary skill to possess for a wide variety of roles. Do you really know how you’re coming across to others on camera and how can you put your best self forward in the quickly changing virtual workspace? Join Anne-Marie and Mary in this session as they discuss many of the time-tested lessons we’ve learned over the years at Make A Change Canada. As an organization that has been “virtual” for over 17 years, we will share some fundamental tips and tricks with you to create a lasting and positive impression. Say goodbye to being camera shy—it’s time to let your confidence shine through! Sign up today for this fun and interactive session.

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SPECIAL INDUSTRY EVENT: Making use of New Trends in Digital Media—Employment Opportunities for Youth and Better Brand Recognition for Your Business
With our Special Guest Panelists: James Rice, Vice-President of IBT College, Kerry Reed, Owner of Bauhaus Digital Media, and Anne-Marie Edgar, CEO of Make A Change Canada

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)

Are you a young adult wanting to make a solid entry into the workforce? Are you a business leader struggling to build an active social media following? Both nonprofit and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) today are experiencing obstacles in building their brands they never could have imagined facing. Audiences are quiet and eerily disengaged. No matter what creative posts we come up with, all too often they fade into the distance leaving us feeling lost and a little anxious as a result. To the rescue are our incredibly talented new grads from throughout Canada who instinctively know what it takes to build a solid brand and attract a wider audience using innovative methods and tools they have already mastered. Join us in this special industry event where we will put James, Kerry, and Anne-Marie on the hot seat, ask the tough questions, and get to the heart of this issue. Be sure to stay to the end of this session to discover some potential new opportunities for gaining valuable work experience through Make A Change Canada, and a first-hand teaser on what may be coming up next with new training options.

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FEATURED EMPLOYER PANEL: Workplace Trends for 2023 and Beyond
With Special Guest, Vincent Bucciachio, CEO/Founder of SociallyInfused Media, and JA Jonusas, Information Technology Instructor

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)

There’s no denying that workplace trends have changed dramatically since 2020 when Covid-19 first swept into our lives. Today over 40% of employment has moved to remote or hybrid work arrangements, and we can expect even more changes to come. At this rate, who can actually keep up? In this “Ask the Employer” session we will be asking Vince, our special guest panelist, and JA an instructor from our educational services team, five key questions focussed on the changes already happening today, to further changes job seekers from high school to post-secondary will need to prepare for in the near future. Hot on our topic list are technology trends, upskilling opportunities, innovation, diversity, and inclusion. Sign up for this special panel session today!

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WORKPLACE TRAINING EVENT: Bridging the Divide—How Persons With Disabilities Can Support Their Own Acceptance in the Workplace
With Brenda Kelleher-Flight, Ph.D., Business Consultant at GDP Consulting

Thursday, June 22, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)

Fitting into a workplace as a worker or colleague requires two things. First, the employer needs to understand and accept that we are all different. We bring different strengths and needs based on our abilities and disabilities. Second, it is essential for the worker with a disability to feel confident about their strengths, the competencies expected of them, and their needs that require accommodation. This workshop focuses on the second element and identifies five things that persons with disabilities can do to support their acceptance in the workplace. This includes:

1. Identification of their values;
2. How to articulate their strengths and needs;
3. How to identify for colleagues and employers how they can best meet their needs;
4. The importance of refraining from using their exceptionality as an excuse, while focusing on continuous learning; and
5. How to compensate for their disability by using strategies such as partnering, time management, and assistive devices to demonstrate their commitment to success.

This is a rare opportunity to participate in our special workplace training event and grow your knowledge with our distinguished guest, Dr. Brenda Kelleher-Flight.

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DISCOVER! Information Forum: Make A Change Canada and You—Accessible Career Programming for the Digital Economy
With Make A Change Canada Educational Team Members

Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)

Now more than ever workers will need to prepare for jobs in the new “digital economy.” Make A Change Canada is actively meeting job seekers where they are through our online and accessible programming to help them find and maintain meaningful employment or advance in their careers. As the pioneer in providing online and remote digital skills training and job search assistance to individuals facing barriers to employment throughout Canada, we have served over 4,000 individuals to date including youth, people who self-identify as living with a disability, Indigenous persons, newcomers, single and stay-at-home parents, and more. We are also a hub for employers seeking training and support in building their inclusive teams. Whether you are a new program applicant, a current program participant, a business leader, or are just curious about who we are, we welcome you to attend this session. Current participants and graduates are encouraged to attend. Sign up to reserve your seat today!

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