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Welcome to the Editorials Section of the Wonderful World of Rae Stonehouse. Here you will find a selection of articles of interest written by Rae Stonehouse related to any topic that resonated with Rae at the time he wrote it. Enjoy! Please feel free to comment and keep the discussion going. 

Saturday, 07 February 2015 03:49

Okanagan Immigrants, eh!

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Okanagan Immigrants, eh! by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire. This past week I was invited as a guest speaker to talk about business networking skills at the Mentor-Mentee Mixer hosted by Kelowna Community Resources Immigrant Services Settlement & Employment Mentorship Program.

This was an eye-opener for me in that while I was certainly aware that there were new immigrants living in the Okanagan, I had never really given it much thought.

New immigrants to Canada by way of the Okanagan, have the opportunity to participate in this effective program. Mentees are matched with local mentors, who may or may not have been an immigrant at one time themselves. Mentors meet with their mentees about once a week for a few hours and share sage advice and experience on how to be Canadian as well as job-hunting advice. I would expect that most of us have never given any thought to what it means to be Canadian.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday. Our Newest Statutory Holidays? by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire. I hope everyone has survived the past week with the onslaught of urgent e-mail messages flooding our Inboxes and advertising flyers bloating our newspapers touting Black Friday & Cyber Monday’s fantastic deals that we can’t live without.

For a county like Canada where our national credo is “We’re like Americans … only nicer!” we sure are fickle when it comes to embracing American culture and traditions. There is no doubt about it, spending money, doesn’t matter if we actually have it or not, has become a tradition and part of our North American culture.

The Globe & Mail on-line version December 8, 2014 headline credited to Canadian Press stated “A sandwich, a snafu and a snake: How things went wrong at a Saskatoon Tim Hortons”

“Two men are facing mischief charges after a sandwich order gone wrong led to a snake-throwing confrontation at a Tim Hortons restaurant in Saskatoon.”

Saturday, 07 February 2015 03:40

Once Upon a Time it Was Safe to Go to Work ...

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The CBC Online news headlineheadline for December 8, 2014 reported “Penticton doctor ‘savagely assaulted’ by psychiatric patient.”

“The doctor is recovering in Kelowna Hospital with severe facial injuries, a broken jaw and other fractures, according to police.”

My empathy and best wishes for a quick recovery go out to the psychiatrist as he is known to me as is the location of the assault. Nobody should be injured in the act of performing their duties.

Saturday, 07 February 2015 03:37

Have You Made Your New Years Revolution Yet?

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Have You Made Your New Years Revolution Yet? by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire.

Have you made your New Year’s Revolution yet? No, that wasn’t a typo, I meant to say revolution rather than resolution.

Making yearly resolutions are a time-honoured tradition where you resolve to make an improvement in your life or to start a healthy practice and/or discontinue an unhealthy one. One’s resolve often tends to weaken as time passes or it seems to in my case.

Revolutions, on the other hand, tend to take a lot more energy and the results are usually larger in scale. I am not recommending that you take an active role in overthrowing our government. Sedition isn’t something that would feature very well on your curriculum vitae.

Saturday, 07 February 2015 03:34

Make Someone Smile Day ... made in the Okanagan

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Make Someone Smile Day ... made in the Okanagan by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Global News BCGlobal News BC, today January 19th is the most depressing day of the year. Researchers have declared that the third Monday of January is an annual downer for many. It is estimated that for almost five million Canadians, the lack of sunshine in the winter can lead to a mild form of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.

Saturday, 07 February 2015 03:31

Older Job Seekers Need Our Help

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Older Job Seekers Need Our Help by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire.

 

This week I would like to do a shout out to Jayne Williams-AleckJayne Williams-Aleck & Joan ScottJoan Scott of the Urban Older Worker Job Search Program at Kelowna Community ResourcesKelowna Community Resources for inviting me last week to speak to their class participants on the topic of Power Networking for Job Seekers.

This is the fourth or fifth occasion I have done so.

Saturday, 07 February 2015 03:25

Dragons are Coming!

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Dragons are Coming! by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire.

No, I’m not referring to Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield & his company of dwarves in their latest version of their epic journey to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the family treasures stolen by Smaug, a dragon with a penchant for collecting treasures.

CBC Dragon’s Den, arguably also a collection of dragons with a penchant for collecting treasures, is on the road again with their auditions, looking for local entrepreneurs to pitch and entice a dragon to share their hard-earned treasures with them.

The local auditions [KELOWNA] will be held on Wednesday March 5th at the Kelowna Campus of Okanagan College in their Centre for Learning (E Building) on KLO Road.

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