The Government of Manitoba is partnering with Extended Education at the University of Manitoba to develop new professional development programs for adult literacy instructors. Continuing education in Extended Education at the University is creating a series of courses that will ensure that participants from more than 42 adult literacy centers in 80 locations across the province have the necessary knowledge and skills to support learners to increase their literacy levels.
“We’re pleased to partner with Manitoba Multiculturalism and Literacy to develop and deliver a specialized professional development program for adult literacy instructors working in Manitoba,” says Lori Wallace, dean, extended education.
One new course, Adult Literacy: From Theory to Practice, is a prime example of the collaborative initiative between the government and the university. The fully online course that begins January 2014 will form a part of a program that benchmarks core competencies and skills of literacy instructors, and strengthens their knowledge and skills to support adult literacy learners.
The Province provided a grant to defray course development costs. A content expert and course developer created the course using content from previous CE adult literacy courses, the province’s current standard for literacy education and other international literacy standards.
Extended Education is committed to developing skills and competencies for adult educators and literacy instructors in the province, partnering with the province to develop and deliver the specialized adult literacy program to adult literacy instructors and learners in all adult literacy centers in Manitoba.
The program will provide literacy instructors with laddering opportunities into the Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE), a flagship program that is also recognized by the province.
Continuing Education, Extended Education is developing the courses that will lead to a credentialed program for the Government of Manitoba. All courses will be developed and delivered by Continuing Education. The first course, Adult Literacy: From Theory to Practice, begins January 2014.
Adult literacy instructors wanting more information about the program can contact continuing education at: 204-474-6685 or toll-free: 1-888-216-7011 ext. 6685
For more information, please contact Lori Wallace, dean, Extended Education, at: 204-474-8009, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Three University of Manitoba researchers with international reputations in their respective fields have been named some of Canada’s most powerful and influential women.
Drs. Joan Durrant, Joanne Keselman and Samia Barakat have been named as recipients of the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. Co-Presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, these Awards celebrate and highlight the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors at a time when corporate Canada is under growing pressure to promote more female leaders into senior management and corporate director roles. The list of the top 100 Canadian women of influence was published today in the National Post and the Financial Post Magazine.
Since its inception in 1997, WXN has created and delivered innovative networking, mentoring and professional and personal development opportunities for women in leadership roles, growing into a sizable community of more than 19,000 members strong across Canada and Ireland. As of today, WXN has honoured 728 of Canada’s most powerful women and inducted 93 of these women into the Top 100 Hall of Fame.
Barakat and Durrant were named in the category of Xstrata Nickel Trailblazers & Trendsetters, while Keselman was honoured in the category of Public Sector Leaders.
Samia Barakat’s commitment to professionalism fostered a personal interest in professional boundaries. She articulated the need for the prevention of exploitation and abuse of vulnerable individuals, and emphasized the responsibility that professionals hold with their patients, clients or students. As associate dean of professionalism and diversity in the Faculty of Medicine, Barakat provides consultation to professional regulatory bodies where the risk of boundary violations places patients at particular risk. She co-founded a boundary training program for health-care professionals at the U of M, the first of its kind in Canada. When chosen to lead psychiatry at the university, Barakat became the first female academic head of any such department in Canada. As an advocate in mental health she has worked tirelessly to address the stigma of mental illness and the barriers people face to accessing timely and appropriate care. She initiated the vision of constructing a stand-alone community-based
“Crisis Response Centre,” now available around the clock for individuals in need of mental health care, and their supportive family members.
Joan Durrant and Samia Barakat won in the Xstrata Nickel trailblazers and trendsetters category, while Joanne Keselman was selected in the public sector leaders category of the awards.
Joan Durrant is a child-clinical psychologist and professor of family social sciences in the Faculty of Human Ecology at the University of Manitoba. Her research and community work focus on the prevention of violence against children, for which she has received national and international recognition. She has made presentations at the United Nations headquarters in both New York and Geneva and served on the Research Advisory Committee of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children. She was the principal researcher and co-author of the Canadian Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth, an authoritative research document that has been endorsed by more than 480 professional organizations in Canada.
Through research and public education, Durrant is at the forefront of raising international awareness of the negative impact of physical punishment on children. Her leadership and mentorship of students, parents, practitioners, educators and decision-makers, is creating global change and a safer world for children.
Joanne Keselman is vice-president (academic) and provost at the University of Manitoba, the senior academic officer at the University of Manitoba and responsible for providing academic vision and leadership in all matters relating to students and academic staff, including academic programs, long-range academic planning and enrolment management. Keselman is a professor of psychology, with expertise in applied statistical analysis. She has published extensively on such topics as the analysis of repeated measures designs, multiple comparison procedures, multivariate analysis and meta-analysis. She is a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and its Executive, Governance and Nominations Committee, and the Premier of Manitoba’s Economic Advisory Council and its executive committee. She is also co-chair of the Province of Manitoba’s Innovation Council and a member of the Government of Canada’s Tri-Agency Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research.
This year’s Top 100 Leadership Summit and Awards Gala on December 4 is appropriately themed “What Glass Ceiling?” During the Summit held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, Top 100 Award Winners will provide insights on how they managed to become leaders in their sectors to inspire more than 400 women in attendance, including the next generation of female leaders
That evening, more than 1,100 attendees will honour the 2013 Top 100 Award Winners at a Gala dinner where the keynote speech will be delivered by Dr. Roberta Bondar, who shattered the glass ceiling when she became the first Canadian female astronaut and neurologist in space aboard NASA’s 1992 space shuttle Discovery.
The full list of WXN’s 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at: https://www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-women/
The Canadian HIV Cure Enterprise (CanCURE), a collaboration of leading Canadian HIV/AIDS researchers, will undertake an innovative research program to find new effective approaches to cure HIV infection in humans. The project, led by Dr. Éric A. Cohen in Montréal and nine principal investigators across the country-including the University of Manitoba’s Dr. Keith Fowke-received $8.7 million in funding from the Canadian Initiative for HIV Cure Research, a partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) and the International AIDS Society (IAS).
The investment was announced November 28, 2013, at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM) by Canada’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Rona Ambrose.
“My team and I are very proud to receive this support from CIHR,” says Cohen, CanCURE team leader and researcher at the IRCM. “We are happy to continue this extraordinary collaboration between Canadian colleagues, and I would like to congratulate the entire team.”
Dr. Keith Fowke, head, medical microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, says: “This research funding announcement is significant in that it creates a network of researchers from all across Canada united under the common goal of trying to eliminate HIV infection, a goal which would have been viewed as impossible a decade ago. Our research team at the University of Manitoba is proud to be part of this national effort.”
The University of Manitoba, the only Western Canadian university with a principal applicant represented and an international leader in HIV/AIDS research, will play an important role in this pursuit, receiving $400,000 over five years for its role in the potentially groundbreaking research.
CanCURE ultimately aims to enhance our understanding of how HIV remains latent despite antiretroviral therapy, develop new research infrastructure relevant to HIV cure research, and establish therapeutic strategies that will bring us closer to the discovery of a cure for HIV infection.
“Current HIV treatments improve the health and prolong the life of infected patients, but they fail to completely eliminate the virus,” explains Cohen, in microbiology, infectiology and immunology at the Université de Montréal. “HIV manages to hide in certain cells of the body, which represents a significant barrier to a cure. The objective of the CanCURE project is to understand this mechanism in order to eliminate the cells that harbour the virus in the presence of antiretroviral therapy and eradicate or control HIV infection.”
“We will be leading a scientific project to understand how key cells of the immune system are rendered dysfunctional in HIV infection,” Fowke explains, adding that by blocking a regulator protein on the surface of the cells, researchers hope to restore the immune system’s ability to eliminate HIV infected cells and control or even eliminate the infection.
“The goal of finding a safe and effective cure for HIV is within reach,” adds Dr. Marc Ouellette, scientific director for the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity. “Strategic and collaborative research will continue to bring us closer to this global goal and we are proud to be supporting Dr. Cohen’s new research program with our partners in the Canadian Initiative for HIV Cure Research.”
“The global quest to find strategies to better treat and cure HIV/AIDS is one step closer with this national collaborative research team,” says Dr. Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international) at the University of Manitoba. “I congratulate the team members on this new funding and their innovative approach to finding a cure.”
The CanCURE project brings together an expert group of 26 basic and clinical scientists, who span 10 universities and affiliated research centres and operate in outstanding environments favouring high-quality research within their respective programs. The nine principal investigators include Dr. Petronela Ancuta from the CHUM Research Centre, Dr. Jonathan Angel from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the University of Ottawa, Dr. Jérôme Estaquier from the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec, Dr. Keith Fowke from the University of Manitoba, Dr. Andrew Mouland from the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Dr. Mario Ostrowski from the University of Toronto, Dr. Jean-Pierre Routy from McGill University Health Centre, Dr. Michel J. Tremblay from the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec and Dr. Éric A. Cohen from the IRCM.
For more information about the CanCURE initiative, HIV cure research, please refer to the IRCM’s fact sheet:
For more information contact Ilana Simon, director of communications & marketing, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, at: 204-789.3427, or email: email@example.com
Founded in 1883 as Western Canada’s first medical school, the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine has graduated more than 7,000 physicians who have become influential medical leaders, world renowned health researchers and dedicated doctors. As Manitoba’s only medical school, the U of M Faculty of Medicine has educated and trained the majority of our province’s physicians.
Two University of Manitoba graduate students are recipients of fellowships that will enable their studies on the human face of Arctic sovereignty and an examination of Franco-manitoban identity.
The C. D. Howe Memorial Foundation Fellowships in Creative Writing and Oral Culture fund graduate students working in the areas of creative writing and/or oral culture. The recipients are chosen based on their record of academic achievement, plan of research and letters of reference. Co-funded by the C. D. Howe Memorial Foundation and the University of Manitoba, and overseen by the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture (CCWOC), the Fellowships are worth $9,975.00 each and may be held in addition to other scholarships.
The recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year are:
• Lydia Schoeppner, for a study on how the Inuit Circumpolar Council, a transnational non-governmental organization, serves as a means of peacemaking between the conflicting interests of the Inuit as a traditional oral culture and other stakeholders wishing to transform or use the resources of the Arctic.
• Daniel Guezen, a young poet who will develop a body of work to document and appreciate French- and English-language works by Manitobans as an exploration of memory and identify as presented in art.
Warren Cariou, director of CCWOC, says, “We are proud to be able to support the amazing work of these two highly accomplished scholars. Their research perfectly encapsulates the CCWOC’s commitment to creative engagements with cultural identity. We look forward to learning from them during their time at CCWOC.”
Information about the C. D. Howe institute may be found at http://www.cdhowe.org/
Information about the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture (CCWOC) is available at: http://umanitoba.ca/centres/ccwoc
For more information, contact:
Warren Cariou, director, Centre for Creative Writing/Oral Culture, at: 204-480-1066, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture (CCWOC)
204-480-1065 or email: email@example.com
The deadline is approaching for nominations for the University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Awards.
The Awards recognize University of Manitoba graduates who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their professional and personal lives, and who have been an inspiration to fellow alumni, current students and the community.
In 2014, the award categories are expanding. In addition to the Distinguished Alumni Award that has been given annually, alumni can now be recognized in four new award categories.
The Alumni Association and the University have a long history of celebrating the trailblazing accomplishments of alumni. The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and significant contributions of alumni in the following categories:
• University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award, recognizing graduates who are distinguished in their career and in their contributions to society
• University of Manitoba Alumni Community Leadership Award, recognizing graduates who have significantly contributed to their community at home or abroad, making a difference to the well-being of others
• University of Manitoba Alumni Professional Achievement Award, recognizing graduates who demonstrate outstanding accomplishment in their field of endeavour
• University of Manitoba Alumni Service Award, recognizing graduates who have demonstrated superior leadership and service to the University of Manitoba
• University of Manitoba Young Alumni Award, recognizing graduates who are 35 years of age or under at the close of nominations
Past recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award include: Ovide Mercredi, Howard Pawley, Janice and Gary Filmon, Robert Silver, Barry Broadfoot, Lesley Hughes, Dr. Allan Ronald, Monty Hall, Ivan Eyre, Israel Asper, William Kurelek, Kathleen M. Richardson and Hon. Mitchell Sharp.
Details on how to nominate individuals can be downloaded at: http://umanitoba.ca/people/alumni/distinguished/index.html
Nominations close Friday, December 6, 2013.
The new slate of awards will be presented at the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala on May 1, 2014.
For more information, contact:
Alumni Relations, University of Manitoba
177 Dysart Rd, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Phone: 204-474-9947 or toll-free in Canada: 1-800-668-4908
Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ability to speak another language in today’s world of disappearing boundaries and enhanced communication is invaluable. The capacity to exchange ideas and information in one another’s language and the insight into the culture and history of our co-workers derived from that study are a necessary part of mutual understanding.
To celebrate a century of education and scholarship in the romance languages at the University of Manitoba, the department of French, Spanish and Italian in the Faculty of Arts is hosting a centenary colloquium on Monday, November 25, 2013.
As a country that prides itself on being multicultural, Canadians can only benefit themselves and others by improving and enhancing their language skills. Since 1913, instruction in a language other than English has been part of the Arts curriculum at the University of Manitoba.
What: Centenary Colloquium for the Department of French, Spanish and Italian
Date: Monday, November 25, 2013
Time: 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: 306 Tier Building, Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba
The public is welcome to attend.
Information about the centenary and the colloquium is at: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/fsi/general/3156.html
For more information, please contact Dominique Laporte at: 204-474-9175 or email: email@example.com
At Misericordia Health Centre, a University of Manitoba researcher and her team in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management are studying how to keep office workers healthier. Their findings may lead to changes in your work environment, at a reasonable cost to employers.
“Over the last decades, a shift towards the service industry has meant that jobs requiring physical activity in the workplace have reduced from 50 per cent to 20 per cent,” says researcher Danielle Bouchard. “Today, it’s been proven that it is important to reduce sitting time at work, even if you exercise regularly.”
One suggestion that has received some attention by businesses looking to improve the health of their employees is to provide treadmill workstations in place of chairs. However, the cost and the needed space of installing treadmills for every employee are prohibitive, especially in larger companies and businesses.
Bouchard and her team have suggested a compromise: an office environment where only a handful of treadmills are shared among a larger number of employees. To test her idea, Misericordia Health Centre purchased four treadmills for use in its Provincial Health Contact Centre (PHCC). For this study, 22 office workers have been taking turns using the treadmills while working between two and four hours per shift. Bouchard has been monitoring the workers’ usage patterns, blood pressure, heart rate, diet, sleep patterns, job satisfaction and productivity.
“I expect that sharing treadmill workstations will help reduce sedentary behaviour in the workplace, increase employees’ health and job satisfaction and maintain or increase productivity,” she explains.
“At Misericordia Health Centre, staff wellness is a priority,” says Rosie Jacuzzi, MHC president and CEO. “We’re always exploring new ways to keep our employees healthy, that’s why we’re so excited to participate in Dr. Bouchard’s study.
She adds: “Just think, if you’re calling in to Health Links-Info Santé, a nurse walking on a treadmill may be answering your call.”
For more information, please contact:
Communications and Information Technology
Misericordia Health Centre
204-788-8302 or cell: 204-232-9918
Marketing Communications Office
University of Manitoba
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