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My Journey to Newfoundland and Labrador

January 29, 2021

My journey to living in Newfoundland and Labrador began over 50 years ago. Conceived in Newfoundland and born in Ontario, I always felt like I belonged in both worlds…or neither. 12 years ago today, my husband and I began the journey to Newfoundland with our two daughters. When my grandmother heard we were moving to Pasadena she said, “Finally! Carole is coming home where she belongs.”

1967

Not unlike many people today, my parents left Newfoundland to move to Ontario to look for work a few months before I was born. Separated from their families without the technology we take for granted today, they treasured their visits back home. As a young girl, I was fortunate to spend many summers, Christmases, and school spring breaks in Pasadena. These visits instilled in me the love of this area and allowed me to grow up knowing my extended family.

2008

Jump ahead to the summer of 2008. My parents retired and moved back to Pasadena. My husband and I wondered if living in Ontario was really where we wanted to be. We made plans to move to Nova Scotia in summer 2009 so we could be in-between our parents.

Things changed when my husband’s father passed away in July. His mother had Alzheimer’s and no longer knew who we were.

The Phone Call

A few weeks later, I was chatting with my dad on the phone and he told me about a house being built on Wagg Place in Pasadena. My maiden name is Wagg and Wagg Place happens to be named for my great-grandfather Joseph Wagg. The builder, who was also the foreman building my parents’ house, told my dad he was just going to frame in the house and then sell it. I told my husband about it and the next day we called my dad to say we wanted to buy it. Over the next few days we bought a house sight unseen, with no money down, over the phone. Only in Newfoundland, right?

Making the move

For a few months, nothing happened after we put our house up for sale. Then in just over one month, our world drastically changed. First, we sold our house on December 23, 2008. Then, my mother-in-law went in to hospital the next day. She went in to palliative care on Dec. 26th and died on Dec. 29th. We buried her on January 3rd, 2009 and closed our house on Jan. 28th. In short, my husband lost both his parents in 6 months.

Our journey to Pasadena began 12 years ago today. We packed up the car with enough clothes for a few weeks and began the drive from Ontario. My husband and I certainly had not planned to cross the Atlantic at the end of January!

Today

12 years ago, I had no idea that I would be the owner of my own business, and Chairperson of the Pasadena Heritage Society – NL today. I thank the community for welcoming our family and supporting me in my business ventures. My love of this area has developed in to a great opportunity to preserve the heritage of the community. I think Nan was right; I am where I belong. ~ Carole

Giving Back to My Community

January 28, 2021

Finding opportunities for giving back to my community are important to me. When Christine Doucet asks me to be a guest speaker at her class at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, I jump at the chance!

Today, I attended her Integrated Natural Resource Management and Decision Making course to talk about project management concepts. This was my third year speaking to her students. She has observed a significant improvement in working in group projects as a result of me chatting with her students.

Learning
First time speaking to students, Grenfell Campus, 2019

Every three years, I am required to earn 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) to maintain my certification. One of the categories I have the option of earning PDUs is Giving Back to the Profession of Project Management. Project Management Institute recognizes that sharing knowledge and actively applying my skills is an important way to contribute to the profession, while also enriching my own professional skills. Therefore, this opportunity today, fits perfectly with my goals as a project management professional.

Today we discussed some basic project management concepts including the Work Breakdown Structure and Responsibility Assignment Matrix. Christine assigned projects to her students and they had the chance to immediately apply the concepts we talked about to their projects! We also discussed the challenges of working as a team on a group project. Finally, we reviewed a suggested process to obtain consensus.

On WebEx, Grenfell students, 2021

Project management is not something that is actively taught in the elementary or secondary school system. When students reach post-secondary, or the workplace, they often find themselves working with others on projects without understanding the foundational learning required. I hope today’s session provided these students with the knowledge needed to work effectively and efficiently with their groups. I wish them all the best! ~ Carole

Want to learn more about project management? Check out my Fundamentals of Project Management workshop or contact me at carole.spicer@nf.sympatico.ca to discuss further.

Client Success Story – NLFA

January 26, 2021

I love a good client success story! My very first client when I started my business was the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture (NLFA). They hired me to facilitate in-person engagement sessions with agriculture stakeholders to discuss risks to the industry in our province. I travelled the province with some of their employees and they became much more than clients to me; they became friends.

Group of Participants in a Boardroom
AgriRisk St. John’s

That project started building a very important and valuable relationship with the NLFA. They have since hired me for several other projects including acting as Emcee of the Agriculture Expos held in Corner Brook, facilitating virtual public engagement sessions to develop their strategic plan, facilitating strategic discussions with the Board of Agriculture in the Classroom, and most recently facilitating virtual engagement sessions with producers about climate change.

Last evening, the NLFA held their first ever VIRTUAL AGM. They had a great turnout and re-elected their executive. I congratulate everyone who stood once again for their positions. The hard work they put in last year in developing a comprehensive strategic plan is being reflected in the actions they are taking now moving ahead with promoting and building the agriculture industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.

My tag line is Making it Easy for You to be Successful. My core values center on relationships. This client success story brings both of these things together. ~ Carole

Looking for some help with Meeting Management & Facilitation or Public Engagement? Contact Carole at carole.spicer@nf.sympatico.ca to discuss your needs.

A Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur

January 21, 2021

Folks who know me, know how much I love what I do. The variety of my day today highlighted why I love my “job”. Here’s my day in the life of an entrepreneur.

New client?

I started my day by submitting a proposal to a new client for facilitating a strategic planning session. A participant from one of my sessions with another client wants to do the same for his organization.

Making Connections

Then I facilitated my quarterly Community Connection event. This is a series of events that I develop for the not-for-profit community. I offer this networking opportunity as a free event for anyone who works for, volunteers with, sits on a Board of Directors of, or supports a not-for-profit organization. It’s my way of giving back to a group of organizations that have become one of my biggest client groups. People in these organizations are so passionate about their purpose and I just love connecting with them.

Midday, I jumped on to the last of five virtual training sessions over the past 2 1/2 days with IAP2 Canada to complete the Foundations: Techniques for Effective Public Participation course. I want to thank everyone who has ever participated in one of my virtual workshops! It is hard! It’s good for me to remember how difficult it is to sit in front of a screen, ignore notifications popping up on your computer/phone, balance the cats (substitute children, dogs, parents, partners) coming in and out of your space, all while trying to LEARN. The course was fantastic! I really enjoyed learning new techniques that I cannot wait to try out, and making new connections across the country.

Picture of Woman in snowy woods
Enjoying snowshoeing at Pasadena Ski & Nature Park

I rescheduled a call with a client this afternoon to Monday as her office is closed due to a snowstorm! I am waiting for snow to arrive in our area so I can get out snowshoeing again.

Trying New Technology

All throughout the day I played with technology by uploading the recording of today’s Community Connection session to my YouTube channel and created this Blog! I am learning about SEO, Keywords, and Meta Descriptions. Way out of my comfort zone.

Finally, as I sign off for today, I am reflecting on all I am grateful for this day in the life of an entrepreneur! ~ Carole

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2021

Happy New Year! Join me as I reflect on The Year That Was 2020 at Spicer Facilitation & Learning. Watch Video

2020 was certainly a year unlike any other that most of us have experienced.  Anxiety, uncertainty, concern were everyday emotions.  I desperately missed connecting with people in person, going for coffee or lunch, road trips, and hugging!  Fortunately for me, I am comfortable in the virtual space and my business thrived in 2020.  I would like to thank all my family, friends, clients and supporters for journeying with me this past year.  Please click on the link above to watch a video I put together taking a look back on 2020.  I wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy new year in 2021.  I look forward to connecting with you all in whatever form that needs to be! Stay safe! ~ Carole

Upcoming Events

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Public Service Delivery Fundamentals
January 12-13, 2021 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm NST

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January 15, 2021 11:30 am – 1:00 pm NST

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