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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.

Ap­pli­cants are asked to sub­mit their re­sume at the lat­est on Novem­ber 16, at 4 p.m. to the at­ten­tion of [email protected]­vexpr.ca.

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.

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