Archive | February, 2012

How Useful is Pinterest, Really? | RICG

February 24, 2012


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The Farm – Sustainable Living

February 13, 2012


9:00am, Monday February 13, 2012. Farm, Cambridge Ontario. I took this photo this morning while collecting eggs in the hen house. I’m back in the city now after spending the weekend at my friend’s farm. I got some great shots while doing the chores. I’ll post the rest of the album later in the week, ‘Winter at the farm’.

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Meteora – Plains of Thessaly, Greece

February 9, 2012


My visit to this strange world of dedication. Many centuries ago Greek Orthodox monks began the impossible task of building monasteries on rocks that appeared to be inaccessible. Meteora means rocks in the air, and these remain home to the monasteries down to our time. Enjoy the photos.

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What Is Social Media?

February 8, 2012


I like this wikipedia description of social media and wanted to share it with you. I’m developing a series of automated Zen PowerPoint videos for youth participants in a YMCA Internship program. I have great content and images for the course through collaborations with colleagues but I’m very much an amateur in video and sound editing. I decided to give it a try when the idea came up. My intent is for youth participants to to become knowledgeable in using blogging platforms and social media for their job search, self employment and networking opportunities. It’s been fun working on this project. Social media offerings to our youth are I believe essential to setting them up for success long after they have completed their internship.
I’m excited to roll this out to a small group of post secondary grads soon and get their feedback. – jZ 2012.02.08

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Write A Great Online Bio – The Wiki Course

February 7, 2012


Wiki’s allow for asynchronous collaboration and communication between groups of people. The excerpt below was adapted from various open content sources for YMCA staff and volunteers participating in the Wiki Course.  Participants are required to write an online bio before completing their wiki learning journey. John Zeus is the author of the Wiki Course for YMCA’s Enterprise Wikis.  


A bio is a story version of the information you would  include in a résumé. The format is less formal, and it gives you an opportunity to highlight some interesting facts about yourself while injecting a little of your personality.

The main goals of a bio are to give the reader an accurate sense of who you are and what you do in your organization and role, to establish expertise and to qualify your experience and background. All of these elements combine to develop trust in you and your offerings.

Even if your current résumé is in the wiki, there are many other situations when you will need a bio, including:

  • Posted on your personal or department website and blog
  • Included in your marketing materials
  • Provided with proposals to colleagues and clients
  • Submitted for speaking, presenting or coaching applications
  • Included in any books, e-books, reports or professional documents you develop

What to Include

One of the great things about a bio is the flexibility.

You can include as much or as little information as you want. Typically, most online bios include:

  • Current job, department or professional experience
  • Publications or presentations you have completed
  • Professional memberships you currently hold
  • Awards, honors and certifications you have received
  • You can personalize your bio even more by including elements such as a photo of yourself, your educational background, quotes or testimonials from colleagues and links to examples of your work.

Bio Checklist

What to include in your Bio

  • Your main role
  • Your present position and time working on the program
  • The number of years you have been working with youth populations
  • The diversified background and initiatives you have worked with prior to FPSYIP, SAM 2.0, Alternative Suspension, DYIP
  • Your contact information
  • Points of interest (optional)


There are many formats you can use to write a great bio, but there are some universal elements you can use to make it more effective. Typically, your bio should be written in the third person, using “he/she” instead of “I.” Presenting your bio as if someone else wrote it for you provides a distinction from you and the writer (even if it is understood that it is the same person). The third person also enhances the professionalism and makes people more willing to trust what is being said.

Make your opening attention-grabbing to draw the reader in and make them want to learn more about you. And using a conversational voice will make it easier for your readers to follow along.

Don’t be afraid to include some personal or unique information about yourself at the end of your bio, and use a tone that reflects you and who you are throughout.

You’ll want to keep your bio short, only including the information that needs to be included. Split it into short paragraphs to make it easier to digest and include supporting information in the form of links, whenever possible.

Once you have a bio you’re comfortable with you’ll want to modify and update it periodically to reflect changes and to keep it current.

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Photos – Orphaned Grizzly Habitat – Sustainability For Young Bears

February 6, 2012


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The Grizzly Bear is perhaps the greatest symbol of the North American wilderness. Its survival will be the greatest testimony to our environmental commitment. The grizzly Orphanage on Grouse Mountain, British Columbia was established as a safe haven for young orphaned bears, who otherwise would have starved or been killed.
A true committed to conservation and research in hopes of leaving a permanent legacy for our children.


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Shift Happens

February 6, 2012


Shift Happens

Tweeting on Twitter or updating Facebook while watching TV has become a major trend. Sports fans sent about 11.5 million comments during last night’s game over social media networks. That’s about six times as many messages as “social TV” analysis firms found last year during the Super Bowl, indicating that more people are using social networks as a second screen during live TV events.

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Photos – Aegean Winter Ferry On Deck

February 3, 2012


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