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Diversity World
In partnership with
The Career Development Professional
Learning Group


A Seminar on Engaging Youth
in their Career Journey

The Art of Opportunity: Denise's Top Twelve Employment Tools
with Denise Bissonnette

Thursday, May 5th 2016
9:00 am – 3:30 PM
Soul Sanctuary, 2050 Chevrier Blvd., Winnipeg

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“We have each been given a song and it is the desire of our hearts to sing it. Embedded in our very nature is our gift, already enfolded, the oak with the acorn. Finding our place in the forest is the noble challenge, but it is there. Everyone belongs!”
~ Denise Bissonnette

In this fast-paced, highly interactive one-day seminar, Denise will share what she considers to be the “top twelve tools” selected from her extensive job search curriculum entitled “Cultivating True Livelihood”.  Believing that “you can’t teach what is not in your own bones first”, Denise delivers this session in the style of a “train the trainer”, modeling for participants how to present and use this powerful set of tools with their own students.

photoFor most participants it will be a fresh perspective on the abundance of opportunities in the world of work, a new approach to discovering the unique talents, skills, and passions of each young person, and an exciting and optimistic framework for engaging youth, more purposefully, in their career journey.

Denise has purposely chosen a cross-section of activities which can be used individually or in groups.  Addressing the presiding issues of motivation, self-esteem, vocational assessment, job placement and job retention, these tools have been lauded by education, career counselling, and employment professionals throughout North America for having proven their success. At the end of this compelling training experience, people leave not only equipped with a new way of thinking, working, and effectively engaging the individuals they serve, but also personally recharged, renewed, and re-inspired in their work!

For more details on content, please go to Denise's Top 12 Seminar page.

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Denise Bissonnette is an internationally renowned writer, trainer and keynote speaker. For two decades, she has inspired people and organizations throughout North America to look beyond traditional concepts of career development and to craft livelihoods rooted in the individual "genius" of each person. Denise has authored several publications on creative job development, state of the art job search techniques, the cultivation of the human spirit, and how to "shine" on the job. Her work is a rich tapestry of her talents as a poet, writer, storyteller, teacher and career developer.

For more information on Denise's work, please visit her website.

Watch Denise’s short video presentation on
“Gifts and Possibilities”


Each participant will receive a handout with approximately 50 pages of tools and activities. Primarily excerpts from Denise’s celebrated curriculum “Cultivating True Livelihood”, participants have permission to copy and use these materials with the individuals they serve.


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This seminar will be focused on all those who work directly with young people, assisting them to invoke a belief that each of them holds unlimited potential for finding fulfilling roles in the world of work through the use of their unique gifts, skills and abilities. It is recommended for career development teachers, career development coordinators, guidance counsellors, youth employment counsellors, educators and service providers involved in career development. This powerful framework and pragmatic approach, will provide attendees with ideas and tools to assist them in engaging youth in their own career exploration by changing the approach from “student motivation” to one that inspires small steps toward growth and change.

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"Denise, you wove together one heck of a training with your stories, poetry, and expertise. Thank you. I am grateful for having met you, learned from you, and having been inspired by your passion in this field. Summarizing the training with coworkers this morning, I have been stating that it gave me a new perspective on this service that we do and I am encouraged to think outside the box. You gave us a whole bunch of tools and options on how to do it with “Integrity, pride and purpose.” And may I add – with professional and personal passion."

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Soul Sanctuary
2050 Chevrier Blvd.
Winnipeg, MB

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Plenty of free parking available in the parking lot.


Refreshments will be provided for the morning break and coffee, tea and water will be available throughout the day.  A complimentary lunch is included in the registration fee. (Additional details will follow.)


Attendees with any special needs are urged to contact us as soon as possible to give us time to respond to requests.


For more information on the Seminar, contact Marsha at mbartercook@pembinatrails.ca

For more information on Registration, call Diane Campbell at (204) 488-1767 extension 1283 or dcampbell@pembinatrails.ca


About the Career Development Professional Learning Group

The Career Development Professional Learning Group (CD-PLG) is a provincial group of educators involved in career development in Manitoba schools at the K-12 level, along with service providers and agencies involved in career development and employment counselling with youth in Manitoba. This group was formed as a direct result of a host of recent government initiatives in Manitoba related to career development and youth employment, such as the Career Development Grant, Bill 13 - Learning to 18 Initiative, changes to Student Specific Planning (IEPs/ITPs), changes to safety regulations for youth at work, changing work force needs, and increased need for career development for all students. It became essential for educators to learn about these changes and to network with service providers and agencies in order to best assist our students. Our goal is to foster and enhance our professional learning and to network on the vital topic of career development for students in Manitoba.

About Diversity World

Diversity World is a small company which, for over 15 years, has been working with government agencies, private companies and community agencies, throughout North America, to enrich workplaces and reduce barriers which prevent people from flourishing in their chosen livelihoods. Partners Rob McInnes and Denise Bissonnette have built their company on three primary beliefs; that everyone deserves the opportunity to participate fully within our economic communities, that workplaces are enriched by the diversity of their workforces, and that people should be valued for their differences - not in spite of them.

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