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“Why don’t you tell us what you really think?”

There are also links to freelance writing I’ve done for others.

ABOUT ELAINE

 

Greed and Fear

Finally, someone in power has said the words.  And it wasn’t Donald Trump. It was Canada’s own Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking to the elite in Europe.

Complete CTV News story.

“No more brushing aside the concerns of our workers and our citizens,” the prime minister said in prepared remarks. “We have to address the root cause of their worries, and get real about how the changing economy is impacting peoples’ lives.”

“When companies post record profits on the backs of workers consistently refused full-time work — and the job security that comes with it — people get defeated,”

“For business leaders, it’s about thinking beyond your short-term responsibility to your shareholders,” 

“It’s time to pay a living wage, to pay your taxes. And give your workers the benefits — and peace of mind — that come with stable, full-time contracts.”

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Five Reasons I Will Never Write a Bestseller

Often, when I’m talking to people, they comment that I should write a book. I choose to perceive this as “You’re so interesting, you should share this information with the world,” rather than “You’re boring me to tears, please go lock yourself away in a room for five years.”

The best thoughts come in the shower. So in the shower the other day I was contemplating “What would I write about if I wrote a book?” (more…)

A tale of two techs

“Attitude is Everything” or “Find the joy in any job”

When I was selling large mechanical pieces of equipment, the final step in the process was ‘startup’ and ‘maintenance training’.  Most of the time I would do this myself, but occasionally, for larger, more complex equipment, I would need to bring in a technician from the factory.

Over the years I worked with many factory techs.  With few exceptions they were knowledgeable, hard working and dedicated, and would not leave the job site until the equipment was running properly and the operators at the site were fully trained.

Today’s story is about two technicians.  I’ll call them Darrell and Daryl.

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Part 1: What Goes Down the Toilet

IM001485What is flushable? (more…)

Four quick truths

If you want to be in control, be self-employed.
If you want to have security, work for someone else.
If you want to be rich, have others work for you.
If you want to be fulfilled, volunteer.

Imagine A Day Without Water

September 15, 2016, is a day to “Imagine a Day Without Water”, using the hashtag #ValueWater

We’re pretty lucky where I live here in British Columbia. Water often falls from the sky, as rain or snow. The rain nourishes our trees, keeps our rivers flowing, and replenishes our aquifers. Snow packs build over winter months, and melt over the summer, acting as a natural reservoir of safe, clean water.

We take for granted the simple act of turning on a tap and having safe clean water pour out.

Behind the simple act is a maze of infrastructure, and dedicated public works personnel.

People often assume that my dedication to promoting water awareness stems from my 30+ years selling equipment into this industry.

But my water awareness started much earlier: with visits to my grandparents in rural Saskatchewan.

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Water is a Women’s Issue

Please take a moment to watch this video from the CEO of Water for People.

Water is a Women’s Issue

Mentoring

MentorOne of the reasons I’m a member of SEWN is to enable and encourage other women.

An initiative being explored by the SEWN board is a mentoring program.  The CEO of our local credit union, the Sunshine Coast Credit Union (SCCU), has offered us the use of a mentoring program that was developed especially for the Central Credit Union of Canada for their National Mentorship Program.   

We’re currently adapting this program to suit the needs of self employed women and will soon be running a ‘pilot’ mentorship program.

It got me thinking about mentorship in my own career. (more…)

Links to CWEA Articles

In my previous post “Opportunities” I talked about the commissioned articles I have written for CWEA (California Water Environment Agency).

Here are links to the articles I have done so far:

Utility of the Future – interview with Dr. Ken Rubin

Preview of a panel discussion on the impact of lower flows on operations, maintenance and future planning of waste water treatment facilities – interviews with Jon Wells, Seppi Henneman and Lisa Arroyo

Onsite wastewater reuse – interview with Peter Haase

Napa Sanitation District, Tesla Battery Storage project – interview with Robin Gamble Holley, Stephanie Turnipseed and Jeff Tucker

Communications Essentials Workshop  – interview on conducting great Ww facility tours with Jeff Reinhardt

Thank you to CWEA for allowing me to link to these articles.