All posts by Stephen Strand

Expert advice to get ahead in your job hunt Tips to make your resume and cover letter stand out

Applying for jobs can be tedious, overwhelming, and draining, leaving people confused as to where to begin.

Mark Parsons, human services representative at MacEwan University, said, “The general rule of thumb is to make sure that your resume, cover letter, and any answers to pre-screening questions align with the job posting.” For example, if the job posting is looking for five years of experience, but you only have three, don’t apply. Continue reading Expert advice to get ahead in your job hunt Tips to make your resume and cover letter stand out

Opportunity comes in strange disguises The slow fade of a job brings to light a new career

With all the changes happening at Northlands, my job is going away and with it, my future is up in the air, with no known destination.

A large part of my income will be gone as of the new year when the division of Northlands as we know it will begin. Then, at the end of the horse racing season, the rest of my income will dry up.

The slow fade of watching the paycheques becoming smaller and smaller is terrifying. Should I call it quits now before the paycheques become too small? Or do I ride it out as long as possible? Continue reading Opportunity comes in strange disguises The slow fade of a job brings to light a new career

Putting a garden to bed for the winter Follow this to-do list before the snow falls

After a summer of enjoying the fruits and vegetables of our labours, autumn is the time to prepare the garden for spring by harvesting, pulling up plants, and composting.

While some plants can endure the frost, others can’t. Harvest plants such as tomatoes, peas, peppers, and squash as they ripen. Root vegetables can stay in the ground until it freezes.

Preparing the garden for spring is the last thing to do before winter. Continue reading Putting a garden to bed for the winter Follow this to-do list before the snow falls

Residents talk to problem properties task force Task force urges people to keep reporting properties

Problem properties are littered throughout the city, often causing unsafe or undesired living conditions.

“A problem property is a chronic offender. It’s where there’s been a multitude of issues,” said John Lazaruk, team lead with the city’s community standards branch. Lazaruk explained problem properties can include ongoing conditions such as derelict vehicles, illegal suites, or a neglected or abandoned property. Continue reading Residents talk to problem properties task force Task force urges people to keep reporting properties

Giving children a head start for school Local program gets children ready for kindergarten

Sometimes children need a helping hand, and the Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre’s Head Start program does just that.

“Head Start is a free, inclusive learn-through-play program for children three-and-a-half to five years old of qualifying families,” said Meagan Highet, program manager. Head Start aims to help children develop the skills needed for kindergarten. Interested families should contact Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre for more information and to see if they qualify. Continue reading Giving children a head start for school Local program gets children ready for kindergarten

Turning vacant lots into lush gardens Local resident pitches solution for landowners

Vacant and underutilized lots can become an eyesore. For the most part, they lay bare, except for stray litter that blows in and finds its forever home.

Paul Farquhar has come up with a remedy: turn that land into gardens for community members to use. Continue reading Turning vacant lots into lush gardens Local resident pitches solution for landowners

Make a garden sign at Bloomin’ Garden Show Signs make a good gift or addition to your garden

Come spring, witty signs with sayings such as “Gardeners share all the gossip” or “Did you know that Iris and Violet are in the same bed with Sweet William?” fill backyard gardens and front lawns.

This year, the Bloomin’ Garden Show is offering a garden sign workshop for people to create their own sign. At $20 per sign, participants can make as many signs as they wish.

“They are fun. They are personalized. And if you made it yourself, you are proud of it,” said Laurie Tod, who will be holding two workshops on May 13. “It’s something you can look at and know it’s made with love,” added Tod.

Continue reading Make a garden sign at Bloomin’ Garden Show Signs make a good gift or addition to your garden

Qi Creative features new renovations Local company has grown since opening five years ago

If you walk west on 118 Avenue and look up to the second storey of the building on 94 Street, you will see a new mural. It is called the Create YouR Awesome Community Mural Project and is part of the recent changes to the Qi Creative building.

Qi Creative works with special needs children and their families “in home and school environments to celebrate their talents and strengths in overcoming challenges,” said Jonathan “Jon Jon” Rivero, the chief energy officer, chief executive officer, and founder. Continue reading Qi Creative features new renovations Local company has grown since opening five years ago

Taking care of your mental health is crucial Why mental health is worth caring about every day

For the past seven years, Bell has promoted mental health awareness by encouraging people to talk about it.

Once a year on Jan. 25, Bell donates five cents for every text, phone call, and conversation on social media with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk to mental health initiatives.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 20 per cent of Canadians will experience a mental illness and all Canadians will be indirectly affected through friends, family, or colleagues. Continue reading Taking care of your mental health is crucial Why mental health is worth caring about every day