Posts Tagged ‘Making a Difference’

Once again this year it was my privilege to support our local Dress for Success here in Halifax, Nova Scotia by attending the annual Tea Party.  (more…)


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It’s been an interesting few days to say the least.  I travelled to Cornerbrook, Newfoundland on Wednesday to facilitate a workshop on ‘Time Management and Organization for Small Business’ at the NLOWE conference.  And, wow, was I in great company with 5 other workshop facilitators and 2 keynote speakers (Barb Stegemann and Cheryl Cran).  Not to mention the amazing women in Newfoundland who work for NLOWE and who run their own businesses. (more…)

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The last few weeks I have been volunteering for Junior Achievement Nova Scotia delivering the ‘Our Business World’ program to grade six students.  It never ceases to amaze me that kids are interested in business at such a young age.  And, wow, do they know a lot of stuff – go figure! (more…)

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This week I am pondering why my clients want to become more organized.   For many they believe it is because they want to accomplish more and get more done. But shouldn’t it really be about accomplishing less but doing more of the right things?  More of the things that are important to us personally?  Not doing more work and just being more productive? Should it be about getting your work done more efficiently and then having the time to make a bigger difference in this world?

Last week I attended the Maritime Philanthropy Awards here in Halifax which is what has me thinking about this for myself and others.  There was a 19 year old boy named Matthew MacDonald from Sydney who has somehow found the courage and determination to mount a one-man fundraising drive for the IWK despite his physical limitations.  And so many others who either work in the charitable sector or somehow find it within themselves to dedicate inordinate amounts of time to raising money for their favourite cause.

Therefore, if we all manage our time more effectively and get more done at work more quickly, do we not owe it to our communities and to the world to get out and do something truly important? 

I am involved with a number of volunteer committees myself with Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) so I get to give back to my profession and my focus this year is on the education side of the industry.  I am also involved with several committees through CAFE NS (an organization that supports family business in Nova Scotia).  And I donate a few hours each year to JANS (Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia) delivering their Our Business World program to Grade 6 students in HRM along with other activities.

I wonder if I really tighten up my schedule and delegate a few more tasks to a virtual assistant, if I can fit in one more non-profit organization?  I have the perfect one in mind.   Hmmmm….

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