Local Companies Win Top Conference Board Awards

first_imgTwo Nova Scotia companies have received national recognition fortheir leadership in upgrading the education and literacy skills oftheir employees. Elmsdale Lumber (ELCO) and Minas Basin Pulp andPower Company Ltd. have won Conference Board of Canada awards ofexcellence for workplace literacy. “These awards are a tremendous compliment to the managers andemployees of these two companies,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. “Elmsdale Lumber and Minas Basin Pulp and Power havedemonstrated real commitment to helping employees get the skillsand training they need to be more successful in the workplace.It’s great to see the Conference Board recognize theirachievements as well.” ELCO launched its workplace education program four years ago inresponse to challenges facing the lumber industry. “Internationaltariff and trades challenges made increased productivityessential,” said Gennie Himmleman, office manager with ElmsdaleLumber. “New management techniques, computerization and programs required better trained employees.” Elmsdale Lumber was recognized by the province on InternationalLiteracy Day in September 2003 for their workplace educationprogram. Mel Lively, a 57-year-old lumber mill worker who upgradedhis reading and writing skills through the workplace program, hadjust launched his first book. He wrote Mel’s Story, a chronicle ofhis life in the woods and the lumber mill, with his tutor, KimHutchison. Minas Basin has been recognized for its innovation in training andscheduling workplace education in a production environment thatruns 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The company worked withpartners to form a project team with the Department of Education,Communications, Energy and Paper Workers (CEP) Local 583 andemployees. A full-time personnel scheduler now helps employees,including those who signed up to be personal tutors, to fitclasses into their work schedules. Mike Smith, a paper mill production worker, is upgrading hisreading and writing skills. Mike dropped out of school in Grade 7,after teachers told him he had gone as far as he could. Now afterworking 26 years at Minas Basin, Mike says he is succeedingbecause of his workplace education instructor Ginny Shultz andtutor Jonathon Lowthers. “Sometimes it’s hard balancing work and studying, but beingtutored by my co-worker Jonathon makes learning easier,” saidMike. “This is a great place to work, and the things I am learningwill help me move up in the company.” The Workplace Education Initiative creates partnerships betweenthe Department of Education, labour groups and companies likeElmsdale Lumber, and Minas Basin Pulp and Power to help workersupgrade reading, writing and math skills. More than 1,200 workers at 50 workplaces have taken advantage ofthe program in the last year. The Workplace Education Initiativeis part of Skills Nova Scotia, which involves training and skillsupgrading, from basic literacy to the use of the mostsophisticated technologies. Awards will be given to recipients on Nov. 30 in Toronto at aConference Board Workplace Education and Learning conferencecalled Investing in People. Workplace Education Program information is available through theDepartment of Education by calling 902-424-0492.last_img read more

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H1N1 Human Swine Influenza Update May 12

first_imgCases of H1N1 (human swine influenza) continue to be reported in Nova Scotia. Seven additional cases were confirmed today, May 12. The seven cases are located within the Capital District Health Authority. One is linked to the original cluster in Windsor, and six are still under investigation. Of the new cases, two started having symptoms within the last seven days. The remaining five were identified either during re-tests for the original samples or the testing of an additional sample as part of standard lab practice. All cases are mild, and those affected are recovered or recovering. People are reminded that the best way to stay healthy is to take preventative action. That means washing hands thoroughly and often, coughing or sneezing into sleeves, and frequently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and items such as doorknobs and counters. If people have influenza-like symptoms and have been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with H1N1, they should stay home for seven days from the start of symptoms and minimize contact with family members as much as possible. If symptoms worsen, they should visit their physician or a walk-in clinic. It is important for Nova Scotians to understand that it is safe to go to work and school, participate in school activities and to socialize, if they do not have influenza-like symptoms. The total number of cases reported in Nova Scotia since the outbreak began on April 26 is now 64. A toll-free information line is operational from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., daily. The number is 1-888-451-4222. For more information on H1N1 (human swine influenza), visit www.gov.ns.ca . -30-last_img read more

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Clara Woltering to stay in Buducnost for one more year

German goalkeeper Clara Woltering (31) has decided to extend contract with ZRK Buducnost Podgorica for one more season. One of the world best female goalkeeper wanted to fnish career next summer and began family bussiness in Germany, but she decided to stay in proffesional handball for one more year. She came to Podgorica in 2011. Next year was fantastic as Buducnost achieved the golden dream by winning the Women’s EHF Champions League. ← Previous Story CSM BUCURESTI STRIKE AGAIN: Manea and Tolnai went home! Next Story → World champions in the chase of South American title Clara WolteringŽRK Budućnost read more

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Benfica and Braga for Portuguese and Challenge Cup titles

ABC Braga VS S.L Benfica clashes during May will be written in the history of Portuguese, but also European handball. Two teams meet at Men’s EHF Challenge Cup Final, where Braga celebrated away win 28:22 in the first of two matches.However, two teams fighting also for the domestic title which will bring place at Men’s VELUX EHF Champions League. At the moment, result is 1:1 at final series. ABC Braga won first match 40:38 after extra-time, while Benfica took revenge 28:25.Final continues in Braga on May 25 (Best of 5). ← Previous Story MADHOUSE IN MOROCCO: Zamalek win African CWC – Esperance to IHF Super Globe Next Story → Elverum win Norwegian championship! ABC Braga handballportuguese handballS.L Benfica handball read more

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