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Minds in Motion 2014: Small Business and Not-for-Profit HR Conference

October 30, 2014

Click here to register or call 403-329-3555.

Volunteer Lethbridge5th on 5th Youth Services and Platepus Global Consulting are organizing an inaugural “Minds in Motion” one-day Human Resource conference October 30th for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Target attendees are those with decision-making authority in organizations and who lead or influence teams from mid-management to executive level.

Keynote speaker and internationally published author, Linda Galindo will be speaking on workplace accountability and performance, while Silicon Valley Software CEO, Michael Mills will share his global experience with HR process and accountability in organizations.

The conference provides participants the opportunity to examine workplace performance issues with particular attention to practical tools and a focus on developing people in organizations. Conference sessions will address topics such as workplace accountability & performance coaching, behavioural & neuroscientific foundations of performance, hiring fundamentals & employment law.  A finalized schedule of topics is expected to be available mid-July.

The conference is being held from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM at the Coast Hotel in Lethbridge and is being priced to be accessible for small business and not-for-profits with a reasonable rate of $189 (lunch included). Click here to register or call 403-329-3555.
Conference proceeds will go to Volunteer Lethbridge and 5th on 5th Youth Services.  A limited number of sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor tables are available.

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For More Information:
Sean Miles, President
Platepus Global Consulting


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Funding Crisis


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5th on 5th Youth Services will stay open until at least the end of December thanks to work done with local MLAs, Mr. Greg Weadick and Ms. Bridget Pastoor for a Provincial Community Initiative Program (CIP) Operating Grant for $74,991.

“This will sustain us until the end of the year, our confidence level is high that we will keep going,” said Gail McKenzie, Executive Director. The organization is now half way to their goal of $150,000 interim funding to continue offering much needed career and employment services until the next Provincial Budget is released.

They continue to urge the Ministry of Jobs, Skills, Labour and Training of the Alberta Government ( to launch a youth employment initiative, which is said to be in the development phase. Community members can continue to write letters to their MLA to voice the importance of a youth employment initiative.

Having received over 3,000 visits to their facility in July and August alone and collecting hundreds of letters in that time, youth are saying they need 5th on 5th Youth Services. McKenzie said, “The community support and young people’s engagement in politics has been encouraging. Lethbridge understands that it just makes sense to invest in young people early on so they can become self-sufficient.”

“This financial support allows us to work with other funders to gain matching funds, which is a strategy we are aggressively pursuing,” McKenzie said, “sustainable funding leads to a sustainable labour pool. This is just what the Alberta economy needs.”

Many businesses and community organizations have stepped up to help 5th on 5th Youth Services raise funds. Among those are Northside Lethbridge Dodge, ADM, CIBC, and Westside Save-On-Foods. Community and business donations have brought in almost $20,000.

“This is not a sustainable model. If we want well trained employees, we need to invest in professional career programming,” said Jeff Meadows, Board President. “The Government of Alberta needs to make a commitment to youth employment. Employers have trouble connecting to this labour pool and organizations like ours are needed to prepare this workforce. In our growing economy we need to ensure everyone is able to engage by moving into the job market efficiently.”

The organization is asking for community members to partner in making this initiative a success. They can do so by writing a letter, making a donation, and taking part in upcoming events such as:

  • Ride for Refuge on October 4th,
  • Minds in Motion HR Conference on October 30th,
  • Metis Nation of Alberta Local & Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Centre’s Thanksgiving Potluck and Bazaar on October 11th,
  • University of Lethbridge iGEM team’s Brick By Brick Fundraising Dinner,
  • and more to come.


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Mind Motion Conference 2014 on October 30th, 2014
Check out our fall newsletter for some of the highlights of this last year:
Fall Newsletter 2013


  • October 1 and 2: Forward Life Impact Information Sessions – call to sign up
  • October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Art Program – drop in 2 – 4pm
  • October 4: Ride for Refuge
  • October 13: Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
  • October 30: Minds in Motion Conference
  • October 31: Happy Halloween!
  • October drop in to get help with your resume any day!
  • October Casual Labour Orientations are at 9am Monday – Friday
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