National Hamburger Month!
May also boasts of National Pickle Week (May 16-26) and National Dieting
Day Off (May 6). Coincidence? We think not.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT CONSILIUM, AARLUK AND ARDOS... In this corner of our site we’ll be posting notes on new people, new projects, and new online materials you may find interesting. Enjoy, and come back often.
Ten years ago this
month, the Consilium team moved from a cramped,
temporary office on Slater St. to our first
long-term home on Argyle. We decided to
commemorate this landmark in corporate history by
doing it again.
We'll be saying adieu to our current home on
Bronson and moving into new headquarters on
Gladstone later this summer. The new building
offers us roughly twice as much space, twice as
much parking, and easy access to both the YMCA and
the best salted pistachios in Ottawa.
Meanwhile, anyone interested in acquiring a
beautiful Victorian building on Bronson Avenue
with six offices, a huge reception area and four
years worth of excellent vibes is invited to check
out the listing
And stand by for
announcement of the housewarming.
Boldly going where Patti
Black has gone before, Ron Ryan will be facilitating a
weekend workshop for the Kitikmeot Regional Youth
Council on May 1 and 2nd in Cambridge Bay. Ron will be
following up Patti's 2002 session with training on
Board governance and planning.
Greg Smith recently
facilitated a planning session for the James Bay Cree
Nadoshtin Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Program.
This is a six-year program to preserve as much as
possible the cultural heritage of the Crees at sites
to be flooded by hydroelectric development. Flooding
begins in the fall of 2005. The program involves
extensive research and documentation along the
Eastmain River and in the affected communities of
Eastmain, Nemaska, Mistissini and Waskaganish. There
are three components – archaeology, traditional Cree
values and knowledge, and burial sites. Extensive
on-site research and documentation by archaeologists,
ethnographers, Cree elders, trainees and other program
personnel are taking place prior to the flooding.
Artifacts, photographs, film, video and tape
recordings and other materials from the research will
be gathered and analyzed, and used to develop
information, training and communications programs for
future generations of Crees and others. A number of
Crees will receive training and/or employment through
Aarluk is heading into
the homestretch on the Evaluation of the
Canada-Nunavut Labour Market Development Agreement
(LMDA), with team members Greg Smith and Fred
Weihs spearheading the analysis and drafting of
preliminary findings leading to the draft and
final project reports, with assistance from Ryan
Lotan (data analysis), David Boult (case study
reports) and Terry Rudden (writer/editor). The
evaluation research began in September 2003 and
involved a large team in Nunavut and elsewhere.
- Jennifer David
facilitated a discussion on
media and the arts at the first ever Youth Entrepreneurship Symposium,
held in Toronto in March and organized by the National Aboriginal
Capital Corporation. The conference gave young Aboriginal
entrepreneurs the opportunity to network, hear from professionals in
all areas of business and have some fun.
Peter Kusugak (INAC)
at QIA Orientation Workshop
Terry Forth and
Lazarus Arreak delivered a four-day, in-depth orientation
session to the Board of the Qikiqtaani Inuit
Association, the largest regional Inuit association
in Nunavut. Designed by Terry Rudden, the workshop
provided new and experienced QIA Board Members with
an overview of the organization's history,
implementation responsibilities and priorities. The
session also laid the groundwork for the development
of a new strategic planning process for QIA.
- Look for Aarluk at
the Nunavut Trade Show next week...and be among
the first to hear about a new corporate alliance
to promote our communications services in Nunavut.
- As part of
Consilium's long-term strategy for corporate
expansion, Patti Black will be off on maternity
leave for the next little while.
Great to hear from ex-Consiliumiut
Blair Stevenson, who scored the first-ever Consilium
hat trick by joining the company, getting married
AND having a baby all within a year. Here's Blair,
Johanna and Sampo at home in Finland.
Ron's New Home (not exactly as
- Obviously it's
real estate month at Consilium. Even Ron Ryan
taking the plunge - after what seemed like months
of angst (actually only about two weeks), Ron will
become a homeowner: he's just bought a house just
around the corner from Consilium (upon which
Consilium decided to move out...see above. No
- From our Proud Parents Desk: Galen
Smith (20) (son o' Greg) has passed his flight, medical and written
tests for his commercial pilots' license at Sault College. He will
be returning to Almonte for the summer to take training to become a
flight instructor, then returning to Sault Ste Marie in the fall for
the final year of his aviation technology program.
Galen Smith (not
exactly as shown)
- As a proudly
family-friendly newsletter, we try to avoid
newsletter content of a profane or graphic nature,
and indeed, eschew controversy in all
circumstances. But Consilium is, after all, an
Ottawa based company. So permit us a moment to
empathize with our friend Joanasie Akumalik,
Director of Implementation at Nunavut Tunngavik
Inc, who sent us this picture in sympathy on Black
- Aarluk partner, Helen Klengenberg
just became a proud grandmother again on April 2, 2004. Darren Scott Tonokahak Panaktak was 9 lbs. 13 ounces. Helen took mom and
grandson, including granddaughter fishing yesterday and caught a 6"
land locked arctic char during the Iqaluit fishing derby.
TEN YEARS AGO
Consilium Birthday Cake of Destiny for May goes to
a single recipient. Grab a napkin, Jennifer David,
blowing out the candles on May 9 (Day
of Memory and Honour In Uzbekistan, and just one
day late for National Stinky Feet Day).
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