Search, examination and data base summary of documents for Canadian
legal cases before arbitrators, tribunals, civil and criminal courts.
Strategic planning regarding use of counsel and various legal processes
and complaints to the B.C. Ombudsman. Extensive experience using
the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (B.C.),
Forest Act (B.C.), Access to Information Act and Privacy Act (Canada),
Human Rights Act (Canada), Public Service Staff Relations Act (Canada),
Public Service Employment Act (Canada) Workers Compensation Act
(B.C.), Labour Code (Canada), Financial Administration Act (Canada).
Have also used various collective agreements, Employment Standards
Act (B.C.) and the Criminal Code (Canada), Islands Trust Act (B.C.),
Environment Act (B.C.), Employment Insurance Act (Canada), Ombudsman
Act (B.C.) for accessing documents, research or strategic planning
Extensive experience in the use of the Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy Act (B.C.) for nine years. Also have used
the Access to Information Act (Canada) and the Privacy Act (Canada),
the Internet and the B.C. Archives and Legislative Library to access
information for clients.
These are programs to assist workers or their families with problems
of a personal nature to obtain the assistance they require. These
programs were initially for alcohol and drug abuse but have expanded
to now include any personal issue that may effect workers or their
families. I have experience in the development of policy and procedures
for peer referral Employee Assistance Programs; also known as Employee
and Family Assistance Programs in both union and non-union workplaces.
This is similar to Union Counselor Programs in unionized workplaces.
The peer referral model is one that does not involve counseling
at the outset but referral to an appropriate agency in the community.
A crucial part of any E.A.P. / E.F.A.P. is confidentiality. Training
and facilitating workshops for peer referral agents, employees and
management is also part of my expertise and key to successful programs.
Some E.A.Ps. include Critical Incident Stress or Post Traumatic
Stress Debriefing policy and procedures. These programs go a long
way to reduce workplace toxins and provide workers with "creative
detours". According to the Vancouver Board of Trade for every
$1 that is spent on Employee Assistance Programs there is over $10
saved due to the reduction of sick time used, workplace accidents
and increased productivity.
Workshops using the Force Field Analysis process. This process
has been used for goal setting for small business marketing, workplace
personal and sexual harassment and workplace safety issues, human
rights and collective bargaining issues as well as community economic
development. Force Field Analysis is a very structured process that
identifies all of the key aspects required to achieve any given
goal including resource identification and timelines. Groups or
individuals as varied as unions or small business associations can
benefit from these workshops.
Workplace Awareness of Family Violence
Society is becoming aware of the fact that family violence in the
home is not a "private family matter" any longer. Recent
Statistics Canada surveys indicate that violence in the home is
not an isolated incident that effects victims alone but rather has
a ripple effect upon the community as a whole. Employers and unions
are acknowledging that workers are connected to their families and
do not leave problems of a personal nature at home and hence they
have an impact on the workplace. An information and discussion package
which contains four one hour modules has been funded by Health Canada
and is endorsed by the Clearinghouse on Family Violence and was
developed from the input of service providers in every region of
Canada. This package was specifically prepared for workplace settings
and can be presented (if necessary) during lunch breaks or in one
four hour session. The modules cover: Introduction and review of
Family Violence; Child Abuse; Wife Abuse; Elder Abuse. The workshops
include time for clarification and discussion and are based upon
interaction of the facilitator and participants in an adult education
format. Individuals are welcome to become involved as much as they
feel comfortable. The workshops can easily lead to further sessions
with speakers on specific issues (i.e.. parenting of teens, or the
care of aging parents).
Marketing to Self Employed Women
Are your staff sending this powerful group of consumers running
for the door or hanging up the phone? Find out how to make women
who are now the most successful group of small business owners feel
welcome and respected in your store or your service related business.
Assistance in preparing clients for tribunals, public hearings,
meetings with elected MLAs or MPs; briefs to B.C. Legislative Committees
or Canadian Parliamentary Committees. Accompaniment or witness to
meetings with I.C.B.C. adjusters, Victim's Assistance, police, W.C.B.,
employer / employee (non-union workplaces) etc.
for a fee schedule.