Newsletter #7

Interview Tips

Want to ace your next interview? Try using the STAR framework when answering questions.​

Example:  Tell us about a time that you had to handle conflict within a team.

S –      Specific Situation – What happened?​

“My team of four had a deadline and one member had not contributed their share to complete the project.  This caused friction with the rest of the team.”

T-       ​Task – What were you trying to achieve?​

“The project was due in five days and we realized we would not get it done without his contribution.  Through conversation, I discovered that he was having some personal issues.”

A-       Action – What steps did you take?​

“I asked what I could do to help him make the deadline.  He asked for some other things to be taken off his plate temporarily.”

R-       Result – What was the outcome?​

“He was able to focus on his deliverables and the group was able to complete the project successfully and on time.”


San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety

In our Strategic Plan 2019 – 2024, Fleming College has made a commitment to: Strengthen our relationship with Indigenous Peoples by helping to create opportunities in post-secondary education, and actively participating in the process of reconciliation by ensuring all students and staff gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indigenous peoples, their ways of knowing and histories.

To work towards a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indigenous people, Fleming College launched a training initiative in May 2019 for employees to participate in a large-scale, online, Indigenous Cultural Safety training program called San’yas. This is an 8-10 week online training program facilitated by the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre. Information on the three different program offerings can be found here.

There are a few spots remaining in this offering. If you’re interested in participating, please speak with your manager for approval and have them email to reserve your seat before March 31, 2021.

Resiliency @ Fleming – Keynote Speaker – Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Did you want to attend but couldn’t?

With stress, uncertainty, and unrest at a record high, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe’s message was both inspirational and practical. She introduced her “Five Pillars of Resiliency”, and shared strategies to help foster each pillar in ourselves and others based on research-informed best practices and real-world applications.

Robyne’s session generated an abundance of positive feedback from our colleagues and community, check out the recording of this session and more here.

It is never too late to make yourself priority!


Public Sector Salary Disclosure – the “Sunshine List”

Did you know that there were 27 bi-weekly pays in calendar 2020?  That means some employees who would not normally appear on the “Sunshine List” have been included this year because their T4 earnings from Box 14 less Box 40 (taxable benefits) exceeded $100,000.

In March of each year, as a provincially-funded organization, the College is required to report the earnings and taxable benefits of all employees who earned more than $100,000 in the calendar year. Only the name, job title, earnings and taxable benefits are included in the release.

Reminder: CAAT Pension Plan Webinars

Have you wondered how much money you’ll need for retirement? Or interested in learning more about the pension plans offered through the College’s of Applied Arts and Technology? You’re in luck, there are several webinars hosted by CAAT pension plan in the coming weeks. Check out the webinar offerings here.

Planning to Retire in June? 

The end of June tends to be a common retirement date for College employees.  CAAT advises that you should start the process 3 months in advance to ensure a smooth start to your pension.  Please access the links below for more information, and feel free to reach out to with any questions or to initiate the process.