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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
January 2014

In Memoriam: Karen Virag

The Board and Staff of CHRC are greatly saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Karen Virag.

Karen passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Edmonton General Hospital following an illness. A moving obituary in the Edmonton Journal can be found at

She served on the Board, Executive and as Secretary and then on the Advisory Committee of CHRC for over a decade. Her mastery of French was a much valued asset for CHRC. Her committee work was extensive: as a jury member for Career Focus, the chair of the Magazine Publishing Committee, the scribe of CHRC's Employment Manual and Board Orientation Manual; an editor of our ByLaws (she was a stickler for detail!); the co-architect of CHRC's DUX award for leadership in HR in the cultural sector; a reviser of CHRC's Writers discipline enhancement for The Art of Managing Your Career, and, most recently, the writer of the revamped version of the discipline enhancement, released just before Christmas.

But more than that, Karen was a friend to staff and Board members. It was as easy to slip into a laugh with her, as to have a penetrating discussion. We remember her style and beauty, intelligence, dignity, discretion, care and compassion.

Richard Hornsby, Chair of CHRC, spoke for us all when he said: "We will greatly miss Karen who was a bright and steady light for CHRC over many years, and a loyal friend."

CHRC Staff and Board wish you all health,
happiness and prosperity in 2014!

Let it be a good year for the arts – the world needs them!

CHRC closed out 2013 in a flurry of activity around the release of the revised versions of the 8 discipline enhancements for The Art of Managing Your Career. Interest in these refreshing and refreshed documents has been brisk! There is clearly a need for their highly practical information and advice among new and emerging artists throughout the sector.

Also on the topic of The Art of Managing Your Career, we continue to promote the 5 E-learning courses that cover the 5 chapters in the Guide. These are not only excellent tools for self-teaching but also rich resources for any classroom where business skills for self-employed artists are taught.

In this issue!

A reminder of these latest products

For educators

We think these will be of value to your students who, on graduation, will be facing the realities of self-employment. Those in that situation - full of talent, artistic skill and passion for their work - need to know about the business side of their careers as they seek to earn a living from their art.

  1. Integrate the AMYC and Dicscipline Enhancements into your teaching. A licence to use this material for up to 30 students for one year is $399.99 ($199.99 for CHRC members). An excellent post-secondary teacher's guide is also available for $74.99 ($55.99 for CHRC members).

  2. Use the 5 E-learning courses based on the AMYC as resource material for your own teaching. A licence for these courses is $399.99 ($199.99 for CHRC members)). The great value is that your students can then purchase all 5 E-learning courses for $49.99.

  3. If teaching the business skills related to self-employment is not on your agendas, then recommend CHRC's resources to your students for self-study: the PDF version of the AMYC and discipline enhancements is $19.99 (free for CHRC members); the 5 E-learning courses are $199.99 ($149.99 for CHRC members) .

For organizations

We are seeking the help of cultural organisations to let their members and those they serve who are at the beginning of their careers as self-employed artists, know about The Art of Managing Your Career and the discipline enhancements. These invaluable and affordable tools can make the difference between success and disappointment in a career as a self-employed artist.

We have found that many emerging artists - full of talent, artistic skill, vision and passion for their work - are up against a brick wall when they have to do the finances to make a living from their art. They may have never had training for the business side of their careers.

A mention of these products and a link to CHRC would be a huge help in getting the word out to these emerging artists. They are a challenging group to target!

Membership renewals 2014!

As happens every January at CHRC, we open the New Year with a membership renewal campaign. We remind you each year that your ongoing support for CHRC is critical to our success – as much for the revenue stream that memberships provide (modest as it is – we are keeping the prices down and unchanged) as for the networking support you give us. CHRC is a unique voice for the cultural sector that is strong and listened to because it includes such a variety of individuals, organizations, businesses and educators from across the sector: each individual and organization member is important to us!

Don't underestimate your support as you
fill out the renewal form

Building Careers in Heritage

Although government spending on many fronts is grinding to a slow halt (to make savings to the deficit in this fiscal year?), the Department of Canadian Heritage has renewed its Building Careers in Heritage programme for 2014/2015. We are grateful that DCH understands the importance of this programme to employers and emerging artists and cultural workers in our sector and is keeping it going. The deadline for applications is February 3, 2014.

CHRC's recent announcement of the programme renewal noted:

Twenty-two Building Careers in Heritage internships were created in 2013-2014 and 86% of the interns gained employment while the rest returned to their studies. CHRC is seeking proposals from arts and culture organizations willing to offer dynamic opportunities in the area of Art Practice and Art Administration to recent post-graduates.

Employers who are looking for a positive addition to their team and are in a position to offer a 4 to 12 month internship are invited to apply online. Refer to Info-Employers and the Employer Guide for program details and application form.

A heads up on the "bean counting"

Our colleagues at CAPACOA have drawn to our attention proposed changes to accounting standards from the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) and the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) for non-profit organizations which could have a significant impact on our sector.

Here from CAPACOA is a summary of the main changes:

  1. Capital and endowment grants and contributions would be recognized as revenues, thereby creating artificial surpluses.

  2. Organizations with revenues under $500,000 would now need to record and amortize tangible capital assets (they are currently exempted).

  3. Expenses in the statement of operation would need to be presented both by nature (salaries, rent, overheads) and by function (education, fundraising, marketing).

CAPACOA has submitted concerns about the heavy administrative and financial burden these changes will have for NFPs. (The deadline was December 15.) For your information, here is a link to CAPACOA's response.

Our accountants advise that "CHRC is not significantly affected by these changes as we already capitalize assets and records amortization, so the only real change seems to be the addition of an alternative presentation of expenses, which actually helps line them up with the way a charity return is laid out.

The changes may affect other smaller organizations which do not currently capitalize and amortize assets, but it shouldn't result in any significant increases in bookkeeping and auditing fees really; at worst it may cause a minor uptick in fees the first year to set up financials to show the new presentation of expenses."

Something to keep our eyes on ….

Canada Job Grant program under negotiation

In the 2013 budget the federal government announced a new Canada Job Grant (CJG) program. Grosso modo: Canadians could apply for a grant of $15,000 to support job training and the cost would be evenly split among the federal government, a provincial government, and the employer who is hiring. The program is being introduced as the Labour Market Agreements with provinces are coming to an end. The new proposed CJG formula is seen to greatly disadvantage small employers.

At the time of this e-newsletter, the federal government has proposed revisions, as explained in a Globe and Mail article on January 16.

Ottawa is … indicating in the discussions that small businesses could cover part of their contribution through wages in a work placement. Ottawa's latest offer involves a pledge to cover the provincial contribution, meaning the maximum $15,000 grant would include up to $10,000 from Ottawa and up to $5,000 from an employer. No new federal money is included as part of the offer, meaning the original number of grants to be offered would be reduced.

Provincial support of training will be affected by these changes as the Labour Market Agreements give way to the new CJG program.

Something else to keep our eyes on….

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Keep in touch…

Featured Organisation Plus Member

SaskCulture Inc. is a community-based, volunteer-driven organization, which works with its membership and other community partners to build a culturally vibrant province, where all citizens celebrate, value and participate in a rich, cultural life.

Do you have something you want to share with the Cultural Sector? If it's related to culture or HR, don't hesitate to post it on our Facebook page.

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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Michael Lechasseur, Web Coordinator
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A list of 2013-2014 Board members and the Advisory Committee to the Board can be found on CHRC's web site.


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