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Developing Your Transferable Skillset During Co-op Placement

Posted by Hannah Hurtubise on March 15, 2023

This resource is also available in French. Click here to access the French version.

Understanding your competencies and transferable skill set is pivotal when assessing job opportunities and organizational roles. The Brock University core competencies give individuals a better understanding of the strengths they possess while outlining what could be improved upon. Within my placement, I feel I developed my communication skills the most. Below I outline how I fostered verbal and nonverbal communication, listening, and empathizing skills-- all essential to communication.

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Intercultural fluency, Conflict Resolution, and Effective Communication in Professional Development

Posted by Cary Foo on March 14, 2023

This resource is also available in French. Click here to access the French version.

It's likely that you’ve participated in soccer, basketball, or swimming that takes place at a local community centre. One reason we all love recreation is that it provides us an opportunity to engage in our community and be socially connected. However, when there is competition, there can also be conflict, which many of us have experienced in the workplace, school, or on a sports team. In this blog, I discuss what intercultural fluency, effective communication, and conflict resolution are, why they’re important, and how they apply to our professional lives. Such experiences are based on my involvement with the City of St. Catharines fieldwork placement.

Intercultural Fluency

Practicing intercultural fluency means being able to understand, respect, and learn from the complex social, economic, cultural, and political nature of diverse people. This encourages inclusivity and awareness in all interactions. As a Chinese/Canadian student studying at Brock University, I’m consistently learning how to practice both my East Asian and Canadian cultures. I believe this was an advantage for me when familiarizing myself with my placement role.

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Intercultural Competence for Career Readiness and Development

Posted by Charlotte Berube on February 23, 2023

This resource is also available in French. Click here to access the French version.

Many people think that the development of intercultural competence is not relevant to them because they “are open to cultural differences”, they have “lived abroad or travelled”, they “speak more than one language”, they have “friends from different ethnic or cultural groups”, or they are “part of a minority group themselves”. As these experiences do support the development of intercultural competence to varying degrees, stereotypes and prejudices are embedded in us from growing up, which can affect how we treat and engage with others, even without realizing it – so think again. Regardless of your past experiences, the development of intercultural competence is a lifelong process that everyone should engage in, despite the lack of comfortability it may bring.

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Art at the Centre of Movement Building

Posted by Karenveer Pannu on December 12, 2022

This resource is also available in French. Click here to access the French version.

Tamarack’s 2022 Annual Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) Gathering in Montreal was a huge success!


This event was conceived for partners to share learnings with one another, share ongoing work, and celebrate successes. The pride and optimism were palpable as communities proudly shared their accomplishments and excitement for the future.

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Engaging youth as leaders in poverty reduction

Posted by Natasha Pei on August 27, 2022

In 2022, the Communities Ending Poverty network raised the following question: How can we engage youth as leaders in poverty reduction efforts?

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Mobilizing youth leadership for climate action

Posted by Vibrant Communities on April 5, 2022

This resource from Jorge Garza and Joanne Huy is also available in French. Click here to access the French version.

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