Gabriel Dumont Institue


Director to Take Leave, Training & Employment

Feb 2, 2017

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By Lisa Wilson

As many readers may already know, I will be taking a scheduled leave in 2017-2018 for one year from my position as Director of GDI Training and Employment Inc. Since taking on the role in January 2014 I have enjoyed learning about the training and employment world and getting to know the managers, employment counselors, and staff of T&E who work diligently on behalf of Métis clients. In many ways becoming the Director of T&E was full circle for me, as I clearly recall working on the proposal to federal government, along with Executive Director Geordy McCaffrey and many others, in 2006 when GDI took over the federal Métis Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreement for the province.

It is fully my intention to return to the role of Director for GDI Training & Employment following my leave period from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018. During the one-year leave, the Institute’s will hire an Acting Director to maintain the GDI Training & Employment programs, services, and delivery structure currently in place. A number of exciting things are scheduled to occur during the course of the year, including the expiry of the ASET Strategy and the implementation of a new, multi-year federal Aboriginal labour market strategy and subsequent agreement with the Institute. GDI Training & Employment is fortunate to have experienced and dedicated personnel in place, most with many years of service to the Institute. I have no doubt their capacity will assist to make the transition to a new strategy as seamless as possible.

An internal competition for the Acting Director position, a one-year term, is posted on the GDI intranet and closes February 20, 2017. The internal process will attempt to identify a replacement. If no internal candidate is found through that process, the second step in the recruitment plan is to advertise externally. Please watch for the posting and share it widely amongst your colleagues. Maarsii!

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