Luncheon Speaker, Ellen Fraser
Techsplorationâ€™s Laurie Edwards Wins National Award
We at Techsploration are thrilled to congratulate our Past President, Laurie Edwards, who recentlyÂ received the prestigious Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Counselling and Career Development by the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) in Ottawa. The annual Award recognizes an individual or individuals who display outstanding vision and leadership in promoting and advancing career development and career and employment counselling in Canada. Laurie shares the national award with her long-time colleague, Clarence DeSchiffart. Laurie and Clarenceâ€™s award win marks both the first time that two individuals have won the Award in honour of their collaborative work and the first time the award has been won in Atlantic Canada.
The collaborative work of Laurie and Clarence spans over 25-years with a number of project highlights, including Career in Gear, Parents as Career Coaches, and the International Blueprint for Work-Life Design, to name a few. The success of Career in Gear was noted by the nominating committee, in particular, as a stand-out initiative for Canadaâ€™s career development sector. Nova Scotia Community Collegeâ€™s (NSCC) Career in Gear is an innovative, state-of-the-art website helping individuals explore career opportunities through interactive games and resources. It now boasts over 7000 users.
According to Sareena Hopkins, Executive Director of the CCDF, Laurie and Clarenceâ€™s significant contributions and ongoing leadership in Canadaâ€™s career development sector are widely recognized by their peers across the country and globally, and a testament to the qualities required to be honoured with the Award. Both have also played a role in establishing the Nova Scotia Career Development Association, as well as the Canadian Council for Career Development.
Laurie and Clarence were nominated for the Award by Dr. Roberta Neault of Life Strategic Inc., Dr. Kris Magnusson of Simon Fraser University, Dr. David Redekopp of Life Role Group, and Darlene Oâ€™Neill of Fanshawe College.
â€œClarence and I are so incredibly honoured and humbled to be recognized by a panel of our peers for our work. Iâ€™ve always been interested in investing in other people and creating a community. The award really acknowledges the relationships that have been built across this country over the past 25 years to improve career development opportunities and the community of passionate professionals that has grown from those relationships,â€ says Laurie.
CCDF presented the Award during a special reception at CANNEXUS, Canadaâ€™s largest bilingual national career development conference with over 850 delegates including professionals from as far away as the U.S., Europe, and Australia. While in Ottawa for CANNEXUSÂ in late January, Laurie normally hosts a dinner for 55 of her closest career development friends. She notes that she asks all of her seasoned, veteran colleagues to bring a â€œnewbieâ€ with them in order to share their collective wisdom and guidance in career development and to also foster a legacy of dedicated career development professionals. â€œOur collaboration (Clarence and I) has been more about learning than leadership, which I think is why itâ€™s been so successful. Thatâ€™s certainly a message I share with the newbies around the table,â€ adds Laurie.
Congratulations once again to both Laurie and Clarence on this important and incredibly well deserved recognition!
About the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Counselling and Career DevelopmentÂ
The Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Counselling and Career Development is presented by the Canadian Career Development Foundation to honour the outstanding leadership provided by Stu Conger in promoting and advancing career development and career and employment counselling in Canada. Leadership represents that rare combination of vision, dedication, commitment, ability to mobilize others, and willingness to work hard. The Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Counselling and Career Development is given to individuals who exemplify those characteristics. Learn more at: http://www.ccdf.ca.