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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
March 2012

Save the Date!
HR Forum on "Preparing the Cultural Workforce for the Future"
September 27 and 28 in Toronto

Gather with colleagues from across the sector and across the country.
Join leading educators to build bridges between academia and successful, satisfying work.
Explore new ways to make professional development an integral part of cultural careers.
Hear the frank, candid voices of emerging cultural workers on their education and training.
Tackle the tough HR and training challenges with experts.

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Youth Internship Program Funding

Building Careers in Heritage has been renewed! This very good news has led to a wave of applications for internship support pouring into CHRC's email box. The deadline has passed and the jury is now carefully reviewing proposals. We will have a short turn-around so the hiring can begin. Our only regret is that we will only be able to give support to one in three of the applications. But in a world where the competition for this internship funding is fierce, we are grateful for that.

And we are hopeful / "cautiously optimistic" that Career Focus will also be renewed to provide another avenue for internship support....stay tuned....

DM Content Creation LMI

CHRC has submitted a proposal for support from HRSDC to undertake a project aimed at gathering LMI (labour market information) on Digital Media content creators. DM content creators (for visual, audio and written content) are at the heart of the digital economy. As the government's Consultation Paper on a Digital Economy Strategy for Canada said: "Digital media creators are at the centre of all creative industries, producing information, entertainment services and applications using digital technology....With the right framework, digital media entrepreneurs have the ability to create Canada's digital content advantage with vision and boldness to unleash the potential of content to capitalize on our investment s in digital infrastructure and drive more innovation in the years ahead."

Heady words. But they do not overstate the importance of the creative sector in the digital economy. Our project will help to establish the "right framework" in terms of skills identification and training to ensure that our content creators can "seize a digital advantage on the creative global stage."

We are currently negotiating the terms of an agreement with HRSDC and hope we can start this project early in the new fiscal year.

Magazine Publishing Resources

In addition to our excellent online resources recently released for Magazine Publishers, CHRC is pleased to announce additional complementary PDF documents to help the evolving magazine industry tackle digitization. Check out our website to find more about these rich resources, aimed at all parts of the industry: editorial, advertising, production and circulation.

iPal partnership - The Art of Managing Your Career - Online Course

As CHRC continues to be at the leading edge of training for the cultural sector, we are delighted with a new partnership with iPal which is taking us into the [for us] as yet uncharted waters of avatars, storyboards and online learning. Our first foray into this arena is with our most popular best seller: The Art of Managing Your Career.

As you know, CHRC has enhanced this document in many ways: with discipline specific chapters, a curriculum document for teaching it to high school students, a Teacher's Guide, and online teaching modules for university and college level instruction.

The online course that we are developing with iPal (another enhancement) will include several online instructional modules that can be accessed anywhere, at anytime, by anyone - for a very reasonable cost.

Once we have tested the waters for this online learning, we will venture into other areas where we already have the content (e.g. HR Tools, Going Global etc.) and where broad easy distribution and access will be helpful to cultural workers and employers across the country.

(And just as a footnote, increasingly our sales are coming from individuals and organizations outside Canada: USA, Australia, Armenia, Germany.....!)

Educators and Trainers Take Note!

With CHRC's handy new Educators and Trainers navigational tool on our home page, it is possible to get a quick overview of and easy access to CHRC's rich array of teaching resources.

Here are the enthusiastic responses of educators with ARTSECO (Arts Education Consultants of Ontario) to CHRC's resources:

ARTSECO"The CHRC's educational material is phenomenal! It clearly addresses the specific expectations under Connections Beyond the Classroom in the new Ontario secondary arts curriculum. The material is up-to-date, industry-based, realistic, accessible, and most importantly, ready-to-use by teachers. Everyone who has seen it can't wait to use it with their classes."
Arts Coordinator
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board

"I found this material useful because it makes the student aware of what's out there and what each have to offer one's career."
Arts Resource Teacher
Toronto Catholic District School Board

"This is a place where data and the arts collide - it's so relevant, and so important for our young people."
President, Ontario Art Educators Association (OAEA)

"It's current. It's real world."
Curriculum Consultant
Halton Catholic District School Board

"I can share it with my teacher networks as early as next week."
Arts Instructional Coach
Ottawa Carleton District School Board

"This material is useful because of the connections to the BDI (Entrepreneurship) course and the contextualized learning activities (CLA's) for Specialist High Skills Major, authentic resources that are Arts specific."
Arts Consultant
Waterloo Catholic District School Board

"I would try to make room in my program to use this material. Excellent!"
Visual Arts/Literacy Consultant
York Region District School Board

"It is authentic and relevant in a Canadian context."
Consultant- Drama, Dance, French, Literacy
York Region District School Board

Membership Renewals

We are VERY encouraged by the steady flow of membership renewals and new memberships in response to our 2012 membership campaign. While the handy new PayPal option for purchasing and renewing memberships is an incentive to make the process easy and convenient, this is clearly not the only reason that the cultural sector is buying into CHRC's HR message. Cultural employers and workers understand the importance of valuing and nurturing our prime resources - i.e. our human resources! - in every aspect of our businesses.

The currency of our sector is creativity and talent. Recognizing, identifying, preparing, nurturing and rewarding creativity and talent is investing in and managing our human resources; doing that well ensures our individual and collective success.

Your support for CHRC deepens our impact and expands our reach as we work to keep a sharp focus on our precious human resources!

NEW! Renew your membership online:

National Youth Arts Week

And for our younger members! Check out the great website for National Youth Arts Week May 1-7, 2012

Keep in touch!

Featured Organisation Plus Member

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Susan Annis, Executive Director
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Erma Barnett, Finance Officer
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Lucie M. D'Aoust, Sr. Project Manager
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Marc-André Girouard, Interim Manager, Communications and Marketing
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Geneviève Guilmette, Youth Internship Program Coordinator, Project Manager
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Michael Lechasseur, Web Coordinator
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A list of 2011/2012 Board members can be found on CHRC's web site at

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