By Susan Willsie, Learning & Development Specialist
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.
My role in Organizational and Human Development (OHD) provides me with the opportunity to connect with the professional staff and support their learning and development through workshops and our leadership programming. Giving myself the opportunity to establish my own learning objectives and drive my own results, was both motivating and meaningful. Each institution I visited, and each person I met with, gave me fresh perspectives, and amazing new connections, both personally and professionally.
The experience solidified my belief that that OHD has boundless potential for what we can offer to the University of Waterloo community. I made strong connections and found new colleagues who share my passion for learning and development. Collaborating and sharing with like-minded professionals, in some of the most beautiful parts of our country, is something I won’t soon forget.
About the Staff Enhancement Experience (SEE) Canada grant
The SEE Canada Grant provides an opportunity for University staff members to further their professional development through idea-exchange and learning alongside counterparts at other Canadian universities, colleges, research institutions or industry-partner organizations. Up to five proposals for a maximum of $5000 each are funded every year. Learn more about the SEE Canada Grant.