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Having canned goods in your survival kit is pointless unless you’ve included a can opener. If you travel across country or through life and you want to meet people, you also need an opener, a conversation opener. In my travels I rely upon four openers: our van, my canoe, my camera and a dog.
Almost everywhere we park, someone approaches us, using our VW Westfalia camper as a conversation opener. They want to talk about their experiences with ‘ Westies’. “Yup, we had one too, but it was a ‘splitty’. When it died, we got a newer one. How’s this one running?”
There is a cult following for the VW Westfalia camper van. Its genesis was in 1945, as the bare bones ‘Plattenwagen’ (‘flatbed vehicle’), being used for parts delivery within the war-devasted Wolfsburg factory. It evolved in the VW Panelvan, nicknamed ‘the bread loaf’, which was eventually given the formal designation ‘ VW Type 2’. On November 1949 it made its formal debut at the Geneva motor show. Finally, in 1958, the vehicle emerged from its commercial workhorse chrysalis as the Westfalia camper van.
My first was a 1973 model; the second was a used 1980. My second marriage came with my second wife’s 1995 Audi-engined Westfalia.
Then there’s our canoe, adorned with over 200 decals about where it’s been, where I’ve been, and my passion for all things aviation. Paddlers and pilots comment upon it as conversation openers. “We’ve paddled the Nipigon river too”, or “Havana sure is an interesting place - as long as the American tourists don’t invade it!” An interesting conversation is sure to follow when someone asks, “So what’s your connection with the B-24 Liberator?”
If you have an SLR camera with a longish lens, it attracts wannabe photographers like flies. They usually open with, “If I had a camera like that…” Yes – and Shakespeare must have had a really wicked pencil.
The ultimate conversation opener has to be the dog. Ever since my Keesha died in 2010, I use other people’s dogs as openers. If it’s a St. Bernard or a bull mastiff, I open with “I had no idea a chihuahua could grow that big.” If it’s a tea cup poodle, my opener is, “Do you use this guy as a sled dog?”. If it’s a mangy-looking old mutt, my conversation with the dog starts with, “My, my! How did you become such a fine-looking fellow!”
Always have a can opener - and a conversation opener at the ready. You’ll never suffer from an empty stomach - or a lack of people to get know – but only if you have an opener.
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Answering to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director – given to his visionary leadership, ability to unite people and his strategic know-how – plans, organizes, leads and strategically controls Group Convex Prescott-russell as well as its various social enterprises along with other economic development projects within the realm of its mandate. The Executive Director fleshes out the organization’s mission, vision and values which are part and parcel of Groupe Convex. He maintains productive relationships with funders, mostly with Valoris, a local community partner, under which the director is on secondment to Groupe Convex. The Director operationalizes the organization’s new strategic plan and makes use of his know-how in governance and social innovation. This talented higher level executive has political flair as he plays a continuous and complex role in developing partnerships with stakeholders from the social business, economic and community development as well as the employment sectors. He is accountable for the organization’s operational performance and monitors its strategic positioning. He ensures accountability by producing all necessary documentation in support of sound human, material, communication and financial management’s systems. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE • A Baccalaureate degree in Business Administration or in Business, in Social Economy or within a related field. A combination of education and experience could be considered. A Master degree in a related field would be an asset. • A minimum of five (5) years of experience as a higher executive (executive director, deputy executive director or program manager) of a business or of a medium-size organization. • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in dealing with a board of directors. • A good knowledge of social business’ development models, in employment initiatives and adult training as well as in economic and community development. • A good working knowledge of local and provincial strategic stakeholders would be an asset. • Very good linguistic skills (oral and written) in both English and in French. SOUGHT PERSONAL SKILLS • Skilled at maintaining interpersonal contact with people from all milieus. • Autonomy. • Ability to adapt rapidly to a turbulent work environment. • Problem-solving skills. • Leadership. • Entrepreneurial and strategic mindset. SPECIAL WORKING CONDITIONS • Frequents trips within and outside the region. • Must occasionally be available during evening hours and during certain weekends throughout the year according to organizational and governance needs. • Must hold a valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle. • Excellent social benefits plan and competitive salary based on experience and education.
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The Seaway Valley Community Health Centre (SVCHC) and the City of Cornwall raised a flag in front of the Justice Building on Monday, Oct. 22, denoting the start of Community Health and Wellbeing Week. GHOST WALK FOR CHARITY
Are you up for a scare? Test your wits at the Ghost Walk for Charity in the old Metro building at 1400 Vincent Massey Drive! The event promises to be bigger, better and scarier than ever – you won’t want to miss this unforgettable production! The Ghost Walk will take place October 24th, 25th & 26th, with the “Transylvania Bash” Gala to follow on the evening of October 27th. Proceeds from the event will go to support Bereaved Families of Ontario – Cornwall, Rachel’s Kids and Beyond 21. GRAVEYARD GOLF
Archie’s Graveyard Golf has returned for another year, with the last day being Sunday, Oct. 28. Hours of operation will 11 am to 8 pm from Sunday to Thursday and 11 am to 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. All ages are welcome however it’s recommended small children come during daylight hours. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children 13 and under. Archie’s is located at 1719 Vincent Massey Dr. ACRES OF TERROR
The Cannamore Orchard Acres of Terror is in its 26th year. The orchard is proud to present this in co- operation with the students from St. Francis Xavier High School Band from Hammond. Acres of Terror is open in the evenings Oct. 25-30 and during the day on Oct. 27 & 28. KINSMEN FARMER’S MARKET
The Kinsmen Farmer’s Market runs every Sunday until Oct. 28 in the parking lot at St. Lawrence College from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. HALLOWEEN HUNT
On Oct. 27 celebrate Halloween with the third annual Halloween Hunt at Cornwall Square! Children between the ages of 0-14 in Halloween costumes can go treating at participating stores! Children must be accompanied by an adult can obtain details at Halloween staging at centre court.
Jordan Franklin, a student of Bishop Macdonell Catholic School, successfully made 23 of 25 baskets during a basketball free throw challenge. Franklin was named the international champion of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Challenge.