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Wellness is an interactive process of becoming aware of and practicing healthy choices to create a more successful and balanced lifestyle.

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Ways To Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal response to something dangerous or stressful. Anxiety can be an adaptive response when it motivates us or warns us of danger. However, anxiety can also show up unexpectedly, causing such distress that it interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life. It can affect the way that we think,… Read more »

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Steps to Help Your Kids Become Effective Money Managers

The way we spend money is based on our family value systems. Our parents first influence our attitudes towards money. With that in mind, it is important for parents to think about how they are going to teach their children to be responsible consumers and money-handlers. Children need to learn about the value and function… Read more »

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Volunteer Recognition Tips

“Volunteers want to be thanked and shown how they have made a difference – they want to know the impact of their contributions.” ~ Volunteer Canada 2013 Volunteer Recognition Study Although National Volunteer Week takes place every April, it is important that we provide ongoing recognition and appreciation of our volunteers throughout the year. We… Read more »

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Volunteers See a World of Possibilities

During National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, we celebrate the contributions of volunteers who help to build our communities through their vision of a better world. Each year, almost 13 million Canadians contribute close to 2 billion hours of volunteer time (Statistics Canada, 2013). They do it because volunteers see a world of possibilities. In a… Read more »

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It’s the Season to Spring Clean Your Finances

Spring is the time when flowers start blooming, grass turns greener and, for some reason, “spring cleaning” comes to mind. When I think “spring cleaning,” I don’t normally think of cleaning my home (although I probably should), I think of organizing my paperwork. It might be because I have finished my income taxes and I… Read more »

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Take time to do a “spring tune-up” of your career.

What doesn’t get said about our individual performance is sometimes the most valuable information in managing our career. The real opinions of bosses and co-workers matter when it comes to job assignments, promotions and opportunities. This is sometimes called the “invisible resume.” For your “spring tune-up,” ask for frank, honest feedback from those you trust…. Read more »

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How to Avoid 3 Universal Relationship Blunders

In this day and age, we are aware that many of our intimate relationships are struggling and are in jeopardy. Therefore, the age old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is equally relevant today as it was when the saying was originally coined. According to Stats Canada, approximately 38 %… Read more »

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8 Guidelines for Family Discussions

Having effective family conversations can be challenging. Whether you have scheduled meetings or more casual family discussions during meal-time or as the need arises, there are basic guidelines that can help you to have productive family dialogue. Include all family members. Children need to be included. It is important that every family member gets the… Read more »

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Tax Time is here.

We should all be completing our returns…why? There are many benefits to completing your tax returns: For the Employee: To verify that your employer has deducted CPP, EI Benefits and Income Tax properly and to qualify for the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB). For Parents: To qualify for benefits for your children. First of all… Read more »

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Become An Expert Listener in Five Steps

So much of our effectiveness at work is through the relationships we develop. How do we strengthen those connections and improve communication and understanding? And how do we do that in this busy world of work? The answer is “shift to listening” — really listening! We focus so much on telling, instructing, and conveying messages…. Read more »

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