December 2019 Newsletter | WSC 2020 Call For Proposals + A SEE Canada Grant Experience + Changes to Accessibility Training

Monday, December 2, 2019

DEADLINE EXTENDED - Submit your workshop idea for the 2020 annual Waterloo Staff Conference! OHD  is inviting proposals for workshop sessions for the 13th annual Waterloo Staff Conference taking place on April 6 & 7, 2020. Session proposals should be for a stimulating and/or interactive learning experience focused on professional and/or personal development of employees at the University of Waterloo. The workshop or presentation should include discussion items, can include activities, and/or other methods of engagement, along with clear learning objectives or outcomes.   If possible, please try and identify how your submission aligns to the institution's four values outlined in the new strategic planIf you have an idea for a workshop or presentation, we would love to hear from you.  Note: The event currently accepts internal proposals from the University of Waterloo and the Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo.  

mDeadline Extended: Submission deadline is Friday, December 20, 2019. (We get it! It’s a busy time of year and you need more time!)

For questions about the conference or submitting a proposal, please contact Mark Lisetto-Smith, Manager of Operations and Marketing, Organizational and Human Development (519) 888-4567 ext. 38257.

P.S. Look for our keynote announcements in the website!


the Staff Enhancement Experience (SEE) Canada grant: My Experience

Susan Willsie in NewfoundLand
Susan Willsie, Learning & Development Specialist, Organizational and Human Development

November 29, 2019 - This October I had the most incredible Canadian adventure! I visited the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia as one of the recipients of the Staff Enhancement Experience (SEE) Canada grant. The grant provides staff members with the opportunity to further our own professional development by visiting Canadian partner institutions to collaborate, share ideas and learn. Continue Reading.


Accessibility Training updated: December 2019

The new, updated Accessibility course will be published on December 3, 2019 to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The new training will include updated regulations within the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). It takes a Waterloo-centric approach, drawing on examples specific to our University, and places strong focus on internal resources available to support all members of our community in becoming compliant with the AODA.

To achieve compliance and ensure our campus upholds its responsibility to equity and inclusion, all University employees will be required to take the new training, regardless of when they last completed accessibility training.

You can find more information on the Accessibility at Waterloo web page. If you have any questions about the training or accessibility at Waterloo, please contact Joyce Barlow, Workplace Accessibility Specialist.


Performance Conversations

If you want a head start on Performance appraisal time, OHD is offering multiple sessions of Performance Conversations throughout December, January, and February to help you prepare.  Whether you are new to the appraisal process or need a refresher on how to have meaningful, ongoing conversations with employees, specific to their performance, this workshop address the basic steps in conducting a performance conversation and will include a feedback/coaching scenario.

Note: Also open to staff who supervise students, as well as faculty who supervise academic staff, grad students, etc.

There are spaces available in the current workshops:

Performance Conversations 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

8:45 am - 12 pm

Performance Conversations 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

1:00 pm - 4:15 pm

January and February dates available on our calendar

All workshops take place in MC 4068. If you are interested in taking these courses, please register through Workday


Other Opportunities: Safety Office  

Depending on your role at the University of Waterloo, there are certain mandatory training programs you need to complete as part of Waterloo's Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Program. These training programs are available online or in-class through the Safety Office and fall into these categories:

Visit the Safety Office training page for a list of all training available through the Safety Office. If you have questions about safety training, contact Doug Dye.

Safety Office classroom training sessions in December

Inspecting the Workplace 
(SO1007)

December 6

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Emergency First Aid
(SO1038)

December 3, 4, 5, 10, 12, 17, 18, 19

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Please Note: OHD cannot assist with Safety Office courses.


We are here to help! Questions about workshops or registration? Please contact OHD about workshop registration, including cancellations and enrollment.    

Questions about this communication? Please contact Mark Lisetto-Smith, Manager, Operations and Marketing, Organizational and Human Development.

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