Launch of Mags Magazine on Dec 11th - Profiles of Speakers and Supporters

" I am so excited about the launch of ""Live Your Future Now.""  This has been so much more work than I ever imagined but there is so much inspiration around me that I can't help but want to add to the work which all those wonderful amazing people are already doing.  If you have not booked your ticket yet, please remember to do so ASAP.  Click here for tickets. If you intend to pay at the door, please let me know via e-mail: Take a look at the profiles of these amazing people here who will all contribute towards the evening.  Lisa, has just donated a Passion Test Certificate, which is valued at $300.00 as a door prize.  She is an amazing passion coach and you will just love a coaching session with her.

Lisa Anna Palmer: Making the World A Better Work place.

Lisa Anna Palmer is a Certified ProActive Coach and a Certified Passion Test® Facilitator dedicated to helping people get back into the driver’s seat of their career. Lisa Anna speaks on the transformative power of Passion and the importance of connecting with your truth to create a career that will lead to a greater sense of meaning, joy and fulfillment in all aspects of your life. “In my personal experience, when I've gone against my passions and felt stuck in my job, it caused me a great deal of stress and internal conflict. I believe this has contributed significantly to my chronic pain symptoms. Now, I am helping others to improve or leave toxic work situations so they can experience greater health and enjoyment at work and all important aspects of their lives.""   Read more about Lisa's work: FB Page: Twitter:

Lucya Spencer: Creating Positive Changes in the Lives of Women

Lucya Spencer is an extraordinary woman, leader and community activist who has won several awards in Canada for her work, including the 2011 BWCEN Champion Award.  She is the executive Director of Immigrant Woman Services Ottawa (IWSO). BWCEN describes her a “tireless, committed volunteer for more than two decades, addressing issues affecting immigrant women and children.” Lucya has also served as a member of the Committee of Immigrant Services in Eastern Ontario; and is a former president of the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa.  She is currently the president of LASI World Skills, a charity that enhances the integration of newcomers into the local economy and a member of the Professional Women’s Advisory Board. Read more about Immigrant Women Services Ottawa IWSO  

 Wilson Jn Baptiste: “Marketing is everybody’s Business”

Wilson Jn Baptiste is the CEO of Gems of Saint Lucia. ""The need to solve social and economic problems in Small Island Developing States has always motivated me to broaden my knowledge and to spend time with those most affected by social and economic hardships. As a result, I have broadened my education in tourism and carved out a niche in Saint Lucia’s and the Caribbean’s tourism industry named Gems of Saint Lucia and Gems of the Caribbean."" Read more about Gems of Saint Lucia here                                                          

Bill Caswell: President of Caswell Corporate Coaching Company (CCCC)

Making good companies even better – worldwide Imagine leading a company where you are in awe of your staff every single day? Do you think that is possible? Yes!!! Bill Caswell is the experienced coach of CEOs and senior executives who holds the knowledge, tools, experience and structure to help you increase your outputs by 30%! CCCC’s corporate improvement programs are a natural outgrowth of the commitment to “Making good companies even better – worldwide” developed from this high-level coaching. Bill explains his commitment to CCCC and his clients: “For me, it is hard to imagine a greater thrill in life than contributing significantly to a company’s or an executive’s improved performance and sense of wellbeing. I am happy to report that my work gives me this reward almost every day.” Read More About Bill Caswell here

Dominique Dennery: A Certified Management Consultant (CMC); Certified Professional Facilitator (CDF) and a Certified Life Coach

Dominique Dennery works with heart-centered individuals who are ready to step into their power, and create a lasting legacy for the world. Dominique's approach is firmly rooted in the belief that our life's work should encompass all that we are: including our skills and creativity, personal values and aspirations.  A renowned coach and facilitator with over 25 years of national and international experience, Dominique actively engages her clients in unearthing their greatest potential for a workplace characterized by genuine communication, and people who find joy in their work.  Dominique works with individuals and organizations from the private, corporate and non-profit sectors. She is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), a Certified Life Coach (Erickson Coaching International), and holds accreditations in the fields of Change Management and Emotional Intelligence. Dominique was also awarded the International Association of Facilitator’s Gold Impact Award, which celebrates the power of facilitation and collaboration. Read more about Dominique Dennery here

Myrna Schmitt:  Inspiring Entrepreneur

Women play a key role in Small Island Developing State’s (SIDS’) economies, with successful women entrepreneurs contributing to employment creation and economic growth. Myrna Schmitt, is no exception. Myrna’s passion for tourism and employment opportunities for women and youth inspired her to own and manage her own Villas in Soufriere, Saint Lucia, Piton Vacation Villas. Visit her villas here

Magdalene Cooman: Author of E-Magazine ""Live Your Future Now.""

Magdalene Cooman is the founder for and the author of Live Your Future Now. She is also the Director of Employer Engagement at LASI World Skills, a non-for-profit organization in Ottawa which supports the economic integration of newcomers to Canada. She has spear headed and collaborated with several partnering organizations to implement several initiatives in Ottawa which has resulted in employment for thousands of newcomers. As an entrepreneur, she is the owner of Simplified Training and Facilitation, a company which provides training and facilitation services to the community. She has authored several curriculums which has benefited hundreds of front line staff as well as newcomers to Canada. Her latest work, “Live Your Future Now.” “It is an inspiring and motivational publication with down-to-earth practical words of wisdom for the young and not so young. It is written in a style which can capture the minds and hearts of its readers with meaningful examples of real life situations which we can all relate to, for it encompasses life's many experiences related to our different environments and circumstances. ""Live Your Future Now"" is a wakeup call for all of us, for life is short and we must take full advantage of the many avenues available to us to master our surroundings and take advantage of our inner powers to succeed regardless of our place of birth, circumstances of the environment in which we are nurtured and our past and present challenges.”  Ambassador Dr. Joseph E. Edmunds, OBE She is a Saint Lucian National who is a graduate from the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and the Mico University College in Jamaica. She is also a new graduate with a Practical Master’s of Business Administration, from the Caswell Corporate Coaching Company.   

 Ambassador (Ret.) Dr. Joseph Edsel Edmunds, OBE

The Edmunds Group International (TEG),CRPC Senior Associate

Ambassador Dr. Joseph Edsel Edmunds is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico (BSA in Agronomy) and Cornell University (MSc and PhD in Plant Pathology and Nematology, respectively). He is a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO. He has served as: Director of Research and Development of the Windward Islands Banana Research and Development Center; Ambassador of St Lucia to the United Nations (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the United States of America (USA); Senator in the Government of St Lucia; Senior Research Fellow at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus; and Director of the General Secretariat of the OAS in Suriname. He is a former Dean of the Caribbean Diplomatic Corps and former Vice-Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Washington. He is Black Professionals in International Affairs Ambassador-at-Large to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Ambassador Edmunds has served as consultant to various international agencies on projects in the South Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean; chaired a committee to review the educational system in St Lucia; produced a “Working Document on Program of Support for Democracy and Good Governance in the Caribbean” for the OAS; and contributed to a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) report on Governance in the Caribbean. He has presented, published and participated in several projects related to science and technology, agriculture, education, democracy and governance, and youth leadership activities relevant to the Caribbean and international affairs. His book entitled “The Triangle of Success: For our Youth, Leaders of Tomorrow” has been acclaimed by distinguished educators, youth leaders, teachers and parents as a scholarly and practical guide for the development of youth, motivating and empowering them in the achievement of their potential. In addition to his work as a scientist, statesman, diplomat and leader, he has published a book of poems and has exhibited his paintings in the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. Included in his various awards is the Office of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, for his contribution to science; the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for International Service from the International Salute to the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee; and the nematode, Longidorus edmunsi, was named in his honor for his contribution to Nematology. He has been cited as a Pioneer in the Conservation Movement in St Lucia and a Caribbean Icon in Science, Research and Innovation. Contact: Ambassador Dr. Joseph E. Edmunds, OBE Author of ""The Triangle of Success: For our Youth, Leaders of Tomorrow"" (by J.Edsel Edmunds available at Poet, Artist, Motivational Speaker International Consultant The Edmunds Group International (TEG) Web site:  

Corinne Prince-St-Amand: Director General of the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO), Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Between October 2007 and December 2008, Corinne was the Director General of the Labour Market Integration Directorate at HRSDC, responsible for the work of the Foreign Credential Recognition Program, Labour Mobility, the Going to Canada Immigration Portal, and the Skills and Labour Market Information Division (National Occupational Classification system, occupational information and Essential Skills research). In December 2008, Corinne joined Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as the Director General of the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO). In January 2013, she was named Director General for both the Integration Branch and FCRO, a role that will expand her connections to settlement partners across Canada. Corinne graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa in 1985 and received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Calgary in 1991. Corinne grew up in northern Saskatchewan and now makes her home in Chelsea, Quebec, with her two beautiful children.

Mengistab Tsegaye:  Executive Director, LASI World Skills,Ottawa

Mengistab Tsegaye has worked over 25 years in the newcomer’s settlement and integration sector, and he was an immigrant himself. He has a Social Work background and extensive experience in employment issues and the challenges newcomers face. Mr. Tsegaye `s past and present settlement and community involvement includes:
  • Board member, Children's Aid Society, Ottawa
  • Board member, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
  • President of the Eritrean Community of Ottawa
  • Board member, Ottawa Carleton Housing Authority
  • Chair of settlement .org,
  • Chair of Algonquin College Community Collaboration Committee
  • Member of the Employer council of champions in Ottawa
  • Co-Chair, OLIP (Ottawa Local immigration Partnership) Economic Integration Sector Table
Mr. Tsegaye is co founder and Executive Director of LASI World Skills- an organization that provides employment services to newcomers in Ottawa. Thank you to all of our supporters.  We look forward to seeing you on  Thursday evening. Click here for more information.


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