Newsletter #14

Reminder – Application for Professional Development Leaves 2022-2023

The deadline to submit applications for Professional Development Leaves is quickly approaching. Application forms, guidelines, and relevant information can be found here. Applications must be submitted to Human Resources by your Dean or Director by no later than Monday, February 14, 2022.

Happy New (Payroll) Year
Please note:

  • If you reached CPP and EI maximums last year, those deductions have restarted for the new calendar year. The maximum CPP contribution for 2022 is $3,499.80 and the maximum EI contribution is $952.74.
  • If you need to change your TD1 personal income tax deductions beyond the basic personal deduction, you will need to submit a new form to Payroll – the form can be found here.
  • Minimum wage has increased to $15 per hour – students will see this change for hours worked after January 1, 2022
  • T4s for 2021 will be issued electronically in Evolve before the end of February deadline. If you require a paper version to be mailed instead, the instructions for submitting this election in Evolve can be found here.
  • The release of additional details on the T2200 and home office expenses will simplify the rules for you. The release includes helpful tools, including a comprehensive calculator, guidance and forms, and a redesigned T777S form. If you require a T2200, you will need to submit to CRArequest@flemingcollege.ca by March 18, 2022.

For more information, please check here.

Benefit Change Effective February 1, 2022
New 2022 benefit rates can be found here.

CAAT Pension Portal Registration

Did you know that you can easily access your pension information online it’s easy to register for My Pension, the CAAT Pension Plan portal – all you need is your Member ID. Your Member ID can be found on a past pension statement or by emailing benefits@flemingcollege.ca.

Using the portal, you can:

  • Get an estimate with retirement planning tools
  • Access your Annual Statements online
  • Easily manage your contact information
  • Securely communicate with the Plan using the Message Centre

 To get started, verify your identity with your Member ID and email address and get immediate access to your pension information. Watch the video for instruction on how to access My Pension.

My Job – The Time is Now!  

Have you completed your My Job Discussion Guide and had a conversation with your manager about your job satisfaction yet? If not, what better time than now? This is an opportunity for job enrichment, taking on a special project, undertaking some learning, or finding creative ways to re-balance your job duties. Find more information here.

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Newsletter #13

Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

Fleming offers an Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) offered through LifeWorks. LifeWorks provides professional, confidential support services including counselling, programs for help with common life issues and resources to employees and members of their immediate families.

Find solutions for a wide range of life’s challenges, such as:

  • Emotional and mental health
  • Relationships and family
  • Work-life balance and stress
  • Addictions
  • Physical health and nutrition
  • Your career
  • Child and elder care
  • Legal and financial matters

Learn more about LifeWorks here.

Professional Development Leaves

Professional Development Leaves provide an opportunity for individuals to refresh, develop and grow in different ways. They are a mechanism through which refreshed work experience can occur, increased academic credentials can be pursued, or professional qualification can be acquired/improved upon.

We are now accepting applications for PD Leaves for the 2022/2023 fiscal year (April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023), in accordance with the College’s established guidelines, collective agreements and terms and conditions of employment. This is an open invitation for full-time support staff, academic, and administrative employees who have completed at least 6 years of full-time service.

In completing your application, please ensure that you provide the required details of your PD leave request including specific activities, timing, as well as learning outcomes and anticipated benefits of the leave. All application forms, guidelines, and relevant information (including how vacation, salary and benefits are handled during a PD leave) can be accessed through our HR website here.

Priority consideration will be given to applications that align with the College’s strategic direction.

Deadlines:

  • You must have your completed application submitted to your Supervisor/Chair for initial approval, no later than Monday, February 14, 2022.
  • Your Director/Dean must forward received applications to Human Resources no later than Monday, February 28, 2022.

If you have any questions on this process, please don’t hesitate to contact pd@flemingcollege.ca.

CAAT Pension Webinars

Plan Overview – November 24, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.:

This webinar offers an easy-to-understand overview of the CAAT Pension Plan and provides information on both DBprime and DBplus.

Members will learn about:

  • How the value of members’ pension will exceed the contributions they pay
  • All their retirement options, including flexible early retirement options
  • Other valuable features of the Plan, like survivor benefits, and inflation protection

Click to register

DBprime Purchases – November 30, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.:

Introduces this valuable option to increase your pension, including the types of purchases, the costs, and processes.

If you have eligible periods to purchase, such as periods of employment before enrolling, breaks in employment, or if you earned a benefit from a previous employer’s pension plan, you may have an opportunity to make your CAAT Plan pension even more valuable by making a pension purchase.

You should attend if: You’re a member of the CAAT Pension Plan, and you want to know if a purchase may be right for you. This webinar is for members of DBprime. If you’re not sure which Plan design you contribute to, check your annual statement.

Click to register

DBplus Purchases – November 30, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.:

Introduces this valuable option to increase your pension, including the types of purchases, the costs, and processes.

If you have eligible periods to purchase, such as periods of employment before enrolling, breaks in employment, or if you earned a benefit from a previous employer’s pension plan, you may have an opportunity to make your CAAT Plan pension even more valuable by making a pension purchase.

You should attend if: You’re a member of the CAAT Pension Plan, and you want to know if a purchase may be right for you. This webinar is for members of DBplus. If you’re not sure which Plan design you contribute to, check your annual statement.

Click here to register

Retirement Planning – December 1, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.:

Answers the most common questions we hear from members as they prepare for retirement.

You should attend if: You’re a member of the Pension Plan and thinking about retiring. It’s never too early or too late to attend a retirement planning session. The session is for all members, whether contributing under DBprime or DBplus.

Click here to register

If you are unable to attend the sessions scheduled as above, please visit the CAAT Pension Plan’s website for a list of additional sessions available.

Domestic & Family Violence Awareness

Recognizing this issue helps bring attention to support victims with the ongoing crisis of domestic and family violence. One in four Canadians has experienced domestic or family violence. With the emotional and financial impacts of the pandemic, domestic and family violence continues to rise.

By educating and shining light on this important topic, we support victims and strengthen families. Coming together in unity – to raise awareness, break down the myths, and destigmatize the topic of domestic and family violence within our community.

For more information, confidential supports and resources please visit National Family Violence Prevention Month.

To find family violence supports or programs in your area, please call 211 or visit this Government of Canada website.

If you know a minor in need of support, please contact the Kids Help Phone for 24/7 confidential support across Canada, available in English or French. This includes access to professional counselling, information, and referrals. Call 1-888-686-8686, Text 686868, or find more information on the Kids Help Phone website.

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Newsletter #12

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

This day honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliations process.

Wear Orange – Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day will occur on September 30th.

Learn more this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, explore the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and stories of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. We offer our gratitude to the First Nations for their care of the Earth and our shared resources.

Employee Pulse Survey

Have five minutes?  The week of October 4th, Fleming College employees will be invited to complete a short survey on “My Job”.  Many of you will recognize questions from this section of the 2019 Employee Survey.  Running pulse surveys two to three times a year on specific actionable dimensions of engagement will allow us to respond quickly where opportunities are identified and then re-survey in 60-90 days to assess the effectiveness of interventions.

Code of Conduct 

Look for our new Code of Conduct.  The Code describes the behaviours associated with each of our Fleming Values – Responsiveness, Innovation, Collaboration, Inclusiveness, and Accountability.

Level up with LinkedIn Learning

Upskilling and reskilling is a main priority for learning and development professionals globally this year.

Level up your learning with LinkedIn’s skill building platform. Explore a learning experience fueled by personalized content, community-based learning, and skill development insights.

To learn more please visit our Learning & Development webpage.

The Value of CAAT Pension

The CAAT Pension Plan makes it easy to save for your retirement. While you work, you build stable, secure retirement income.  Watch the video to learn more about the value of a CAAT Pension.

Your Pension Information is at Your Fingertips with My Pension
Did you know that you can easily access your pension information through My Pension, the pension portal created by the CAAT Pension Plan?  It’s easy to register for My Pension – all you need is your Member ID.

If you haven’t registered for My Pension yet, here are some reasons to activate your account today:

  • Get an estimate with retirement planning tools
    My Pension features a pension estimator tool that automatically populates with your most recent data.  You can use it to estimate different retirement scenarios and see how a purchase could increase your retirement income.
  • Access your Annual Statements online
    You can opt in to online-only communications with CAAT at any time, so you no longer receive a paper copy by mail.  All your future Annual Statements and documents will be accessible on My Pension to review anytime you want.
  • Easily manage your contact information
    Have you recently moved or changed your email?  Keep your contact information current so you don’t miss important pension communications.  My Pension makes it easy to change your address, phone number and email.
  • Securely communicate with the Plan using the Message Centre
    When you have a transaction in process, you will be able to easily and securely supply required documentation and share information with the Plan.

Get started with My Pension today!
To get started, verify your identity with your Member ID and email address and get immediate access to your pension information.  Watch the video for instructions on how to access My Pension.

Gender Equality Week

Gender Equality Week became documented in 2018 from the passing of Bill C-309, the Gender Equality Week Act. This legislation has designated the fourth week in September to be Gender Equality Week in Canada.

This year’s focus was Advancing gender equality for all. An opportunity to celebrate the progress Canada has made in advancing gender equality, while reflecting on the work that remains to make sure that everyone, regardless of gender, can reach their full potential.

Gender equality can lead to great health, happiness and economic prosperity. Gender equality can benefit everyone – women, men, non-binary people and people of all gender identities.

Human Rights and Inclusion Change

Please join us in welcoming Kirsten Redmond as our new Director, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Organizational Development. Kirsten’s key priority in September & October will be supporting the EDI Council in developing a sustainable, meaningful multi-year EDI framework.  One of the things we’re most excited about with this new role is the opportunity to put all of our initiatives and programs, policies, etc. through an EDI lens up-front to build inclusivity in at the front end.

We Want to Hear from You

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Newsletter #11

Career Forward
What are you doing to build your resume?  Whether you’re interested in a new career opportunity in the short-term or not, it’s important to continue to grow, to hone existing skills and develop new ones, and to demonstrate both commitment and ability to learn.  The pandemic gave all of us lots of opportunity to learn new skills and, as painful as it was at times, we did.  So, what’s next – how do we continue our learning journeys?

One way is to take advantage of our Staff Tuition Program – many of our courses are available at an employee rate of $20 per course, plus books and fees.  Not sure if you’re eligible?  Check here, where you can also find and download the Staff Tuition Fees Policy and Form.

Considering additional post-secondary credentials?  Check out our Tuition Rebate Program here.

Bereavement Leave Update
Employees who lost family members during the past year and a half were often unable to attend funeral or memorial services, or to be with geographically dispersed families during a difficult time.  In some cases, this meant that employees chose not to take bereavement leave at the time of the loss of their family member.  In these cases, employees are able to take bereavement leave at a later date (notionally by the end of the current fiscal year), in order to take advantage of lessened pandemic restrictions to visit with family or otherwise commemorate their loss.

Explore the Kawarthas
As we sink into the final weeks of summer, there’s still plenty of time to get out and explore our local communities. The Kawartha lakes and surrounding areas have lots to offer.

Paddle or take a hike at the Eels Creek Canoe Park:  this popular recreational area offers hiking trails and a canoe launch into Eels Creek. After a daring hike or upstream paddle, take in the picturesque High Falls.

Catch a live drive-in concert at the Peterborough Memorial Centre as the PTBOLive Concert Series continues through the month of August.

The Whetung Ojibwa Centre features a wide variety of Indigenous art, sculptures, crafts, jewelry, leather work, art cards, and more for purchase, as well as a museum housing a spectacular collection of Indigenous art and crafts from the Curve Lake Reserve as well as Indigenous artists from across Canada.

For more information on these and other activities within our local communities, visit 50 Things to Do This Summer in Kawarthas & Peterborough.

Have other fun activities you did this summer? Tell us what you have been up to.

Job Opportunities
Have you been on our career page lately? Check out our internal job opportunities available to you here!

Recommendations
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Newsletter #10

Webinar: Indigenous Exclusion in the Workplace

Join Anne-Marie Pham of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion as she sits down with Kelly Lendsay, a dynamic and inspiring thought leader, to discuss Indigenous inclusion at work. In this fireside chat, Kelly will share his vision for moving forward from a history of Indigenous exclusion to the path of workplace inclusion for the next seven generations. Join us to also learn about CCDI’s new and exciting partnership with Indigenous Works and engage with us through our live Q&A session.  This PD event is free.

Event Date: June 21, 2021 @2:30 pm.

Register here by June 18 at noon.

Beyond Two Spirit: Varied Indigenous Perspectives

Pride Week meets Indigenous History Month! Indigenous Perspectives faculty members present a panel discussion about gender identity from diverse Indigenous perspectives. Organized by the Indigenous Perspectives Designation, in partnership with the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Council.

Join June 22 at 1:00 – 2:30pm here.

 

Celebrate Pride 2021! Watch Creating Online Inclusion with anya gwynne, Education Coordinator, PARN

In 2011, Fleming College established the Positive Space Education Program for Fleming students to learn about marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities, and since then thousands of students have participated in building a safer campus life for LGBT2SQ+ students. How do you include and support your students in an online learning environment that respects their diverse identities? Listen to this youth outreach and education worker as they share expertise in language usage, understanding barriers, and tips for inclusive classroom management.

Watch the recording here today!

Morneau Shepell Name Change

The College’s EFAP provider Morneau Shepell have changed their name to LifeWorks. While their name has changed, their business has not. To find out more about Fleming’s EFAP program visit this link.

Congratulations to the 2021 Spotlight Award Recipients

Liz Stone – Diversity and Inclusion Award

Nominated by Sandra Dupret, this award recognizes an individual or team who goes above and beyond to meet the needs of our diverse populations and enrich our communities.

Liz has demonstrated this through her leadership, taking great strides in connecting with Indigenous communities beyond Peterborough’s First Nations communities. She has worked with communities in Northern Ontario to establish Fleming diploma programs that can be delivered onsite within the community.

“I think that the College is doing a ton of work, and there are so many people working towards Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, that this is an award for everybody.” – Liz Stone

 

Photo of Liz Stone

Angela Pind – Employee Success Award

Angela received multiple nominations from Barbara Bond, Sara Slater, Andrew West, Shelley Schell, Samantha Pihlainen-Bleeker and Joan Connolly. This award recognizes an individual or team for their contributions to an inclusive and energized workplace culture that provides the best education, leadership and research practices.

Angela has demonstrated this by keeping employee and student success at the forefront of her decision-making and leadership activities, including supporting creativity and innovation in the workplace.

“It is about the team, they make it super easy.” – Angela Pind

Photo of Angela Pind

 

Paula Anderson and Rick Cornelissen – Strengthening Communities Award

Nominated by Brett Goodwin, this award recognizes an individual or team who demonstrates a commitment to strengthening our communities through collaboration with community partners to boost innovation within our campus regions and beyond.

Paula and Rick have shown this through their work on the Edwin Binney community garden, a collaboration with Crayola and the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes to help address food insecurity and provide educational opportunities around agriculture and food to local school children.

“Especially with these trying times, you can feel good at the end of the day.” -Rick Cornelissen

“Thank you so much, I really appreciate the recognition. We could not have done it without our wonderful team and community partners”-Paula Anderson

 

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Katrina Van Osch-Saxon – Student & Employer Success Award

Nominated by Nicole Vanderschaaf, this award recognizes an individual or team who encourages collaboration between students and employers to establish hands-on opportunities that ensure graduates are job-ready.

Katrina has demonstrated this through fostering and maintaining a comprehensive professional network and introducing students to people in that network. This includes Women in Wood, International Society of Arboriculture Ontario, and Ministry of Natural Resources and countless alum and industry professionals that she has a personal relationship and report with.

“Well thank you! I have to say, I do have a great group of people I get to work with.” – Katrina Van Osch-Saxon

Photo of Katrina

The Physical Resources Team – Technology Champion Award

Nominated by Jason Dulmage, this award recognizes an individual or team who:

-Embraces the latest technology and digital tools to prepare students for the future workplace.

-Responds to technological changes that provide new learning opportunities for students.

-Demonstrates accountability and delivers current updates on the latest technology in the workplace.

Fleming’s Physical Resources Department has shown this by implementing technological changes critical to Fleming’s functioning in the current COVID-19 environment, including HVAC upgrades and filters, enhanced cleaning tools, Thermal Screening and more.

“This is a great award for us to win, and I am super proud of the team. Everybody has worked hard and pulled together.” – Terry Williams

Photo of President Adamson Notifying Members of the PRD team that they won the award

Did you miss the Spotlight Awards Event?  You can watch it here.

 

 

Newsletter #9

Summer Safety Tips

Doesn’t it feel like summer just sprung overnight?  Many of us are starting to get that much needed vitamin D we were missing this winter, but staying safe and healthy should be a top priority.

Here are some tips to help you stay safe and cool this summer:

  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunblock, hat, sunglasses and keeping hydrated. Did you know drinking alcohol or caffeine before outdoor activities can cause dehydration?
  • Ensure you wear the appropriate protective equipment when enjoying outdoor activities, such as a helmet, reflective wear at night, or a life jacket.
  • If you have an opportunity to enjoy one of Ontario’s beautiful lakes or hop into a pool this summer, ensure you are safe. Do you have a buddy with you? Do you know the water? The Canadian Red Cross has many water safety tips at our fingertips. Check them out here.
  • As lovely as the sun is, we all know it comes with its downfalls… like the pests. Ticks, Mosquitos, and bees, are back with a vengeance and we need to protect ourselves. The Government of Ontario has tons of information on how to protect yourself, from covering up to bug spray. More information can be seen on the CDC website.
  • Remember you can access free mental health resources and supports at AbilitiCBT.
  • Continue to follow the guidelines of public health on all healthcare related items including COVID-19.

 

#ThisisOurShot Campaign

Questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Roberta Bondar has something to say, why it’s important to her and what she wants you to know.  Check out the #ThisisOurShot campaign here.

Get all the facts about COVID-19 and the vaccine from Peterborough Public Health.

Spotlight Awards

Remember to join your colleagues on June 3, 2021, to celebrate this year’s Spotlight award recipients and nominees.

We look forward to celebrating with you, here, on June 3 at 3pm.

 

EDI Council Update

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Council has been meeting bi-weekly to develop an action plan to further our vision of a welcoming place for all. This month, the Council has:

  • created 5 sub-committees to advance EDI work in these areas:
    – Data Collection and Reporting
    – Policy Development
    – Training and Professional Development
    – Special Events
    – Advocacy
  • the Data Collection and Reporting Committee is currently analyzing anonymous data from the EDI Survey and will have some initial recommendations in June. A full report is expected in the Fall. The Council appreciates the enthusiastic response of employees to the EDI survey: 43% of employees participated and your feedback and enthusiasm for equity, diversity and inclusion is appreciated.

To learn more about the EDI Council, visit https://department.flemingcollege.ca/edi/ or contact us at EDICouncil@flemingcollege.ca

Virtual Interview

Preparing for a virtual interview? Here are some tips to help you rock it!  They’re also valuable for meetings.

  • Check your technology and do a dry run before the interview. Ensure you download software required and that you have bandwidth.
  • Use a laptop or desktop if you can.  Mobile phones are fine if you don’t have a choice; just make sure it’s mounted in a stable place.
  • Make sure that your background is appropriate, even if it’s a blank wall.  You do have the option of using a virtual wall on Zoom and Webex.
  • Dress as you would for an in-person interview.
  • Find a quiet area.  Make sure there are no distractions (dogs, kids, phone alerts etc.)
  • Sit in a well-lit room with the light pointing at your face; having a light behind creates a shadow effect.
  • Look into the camera.  We tend to speak to the square with the person’s face, which is very natural, but creates the illusion of looking down, or sideways. Be aware of looking into the camera particularly if you’re using two screens and referring to one at an angle – you want to simulate “eye contact” with interviewers, rather than giving them an extended view of your profile.
  • Answer the questions as you would if you were in the same room.
  • Have a backup plan with a conference call.  The meeting hosts should provide this when scheduling the interview.
  • Avoid reading prepared remarks or answers.

Newsletter #8

 

Applying for a promotion or a lateral move? Here are 5 tips for success.

  1. Preparation is key – customize your resume based on the position you’re applying for to emphasize relevant skills and experience.
  2. Be concise: aim for two pages plus a cover letter. ​
  3. Focus on what you can bring to the new role, including experience carried from your current one.
  4. Tell your manager about your intentions. That includes your temporary or home manager.
  5. If you doubt your qualifications – don’t. Apply!

Take care of your mind and get outside!

Spring is in the air – how refreshing! With another stay-at-home order recently implemented, we all know how difficult it can be sometimes to see past the four walls of our homes.  One of the best ways to stay productive is to ensure your mind gets a break regularly throughout the day, so why not take advantage of the longer days and better weather by incorporating daily routines such as walking, running, or even outdoor meditating.  Check out the CDC’s site to find other ways to cope with stress as we continue to live through the pandemic.

Employee Recognition

Wow! The response to the Spotlight Awards was phenomenal!  Thank you to all who submitted a nomination. While we wait for further information on the Spotlight Awards event in the coming weeks, it is still important to continue recognizing each other for the great work we all do.  The George Washington University suggests using the tactics below to make your day-to-day recognition that much more meaningful:

  • Be Personal – thank the person by name.
  • Be Specific – be specific about what action you are thankful for.
  • Why? – Explain how the behavior helped you or made you feel.

CAAT Retirement Planning Session

Did you miss the CAAT retirement planning session? Fear not! There is one more session available on May 18, so make sure to register today! The session is applicable to all members in DBprime and DBplus and will cover topics including:

  • How much money do I need for retirement?
  • How much pension will I get?
  • Is my pension secure?
  • What do I have to do to start my retirement?

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 pd@flemingcollege.ca 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 benefits@flemingcollege.ca with any questions or to initiate the process.

https://department.flemingcollege.ca/hr/benefitspension/retirement/

https://www.caatpension.ca/members/planning-your-retirement/im-ready-to-retire

Newsletter #6

T4’s

By now you might have seen your T4 on-line and noticed 4 new boxes in the bottom section.  Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that all Canadian employers must report certain employment payments on the 2020 T4 slip, “Statement of Remuneration Paid”, using new information codes that correlate to defined periods. According to the CRA, this additional information is intended to validate payments made to individuals under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) programs, as well as payments made to employers under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).

The T4’s new information codes must be used to report employment income and retroactive payments to employees paid in the following time periods:

  • Code 57: Employment income – March 15 to May 9
  • Code 58: Employment income – May 10 to July 4
  • Code 59: Employment income – July 5 to August 29
  • Code 60: Employment income – August 30 to September 26

For more details review the CRA website New T4 Boxes 57- 60.

If you need a refresher on how to access your T4, please see below:

 

Did you hear…Award season is around the corner

Do you work with someone that excels in everything they do? How about a colleague or team that makes outstanding contributions to Fleming College by helping us move closer to our Strategic Goals? Or what about a co-worker that consistently displays one or more of Fleming’s five values? Do you know anyone who empowers our students in a unique way? If you answered yes to any of these questions, nominate this person for a Spotlight Award. The deadline for submissions is March 5, 2021 at 5pm.

LinkedIn Learning

Have you ever wanted to learn more about project management? Project management techniques and principles can be used by anyone to help achieve goals and make projects more successful. These are just some of the reasons your colleagues have found the Project Management Foundations course to be so beneficial.

Fun Fact: LinkedIn Learning has been reviewed and approved by the PMI® Authorized Training Partner Program. The above-mentioned course qualifies for professional development units (PDU’s), if you have your PMP certification.

Fleming College offers a great variety of courses and learning materials to meet the academic needs of all staff, faculty, and students. Since November 2020, our community has been busy, having participated in many hours of LinkedIn Learning activities. Also, remember you can use LinkedIn Learning to brush up on some fundamental skills. Among the most popular courses taken in the last few months are Learning OneDrive, Learning Excel Desktop (Office 365), and Microsoft Teams Essential Training. What LinkedIn Learning course have you taken recently? Tell us here.

Tips for separating work life and personal life

After close to twelve months of working from home (for most of us), you have probably heard your colleagues and friends say “What day is it? Is it “blurs’day”?” Do you need help re-establishing the work/life balance you once had? Separating our work and personal lives can be difficult for many of us. Want some  The Muse has some great advice on this topic and James Clear, author of  Atomic Habits provides some powerful ways of forming new habits.

Newsletter #5

Continue to make yourself a priority in 2021 

It’s 2021 – what do you want from this new year?  Why not take 21 minutes a day to do things that are good for your heart, health and soul, like … 

  • Read something educational, inspirational or intriguing 
  • Walk, and really notice your surroundings – there is a lot of beauty out there in the world 
  • Meditate – try free apps such as Insight Timer or Headspace 
  • Call a friend or family member – and really listen 
  • Colour – Colouring can be a good therapeutic way to unwind and relax (and feel free to colour outside the lines if it makes you happy!) 
  • Learn something new – check out Linkedin Learning 
  • Clean out a closet or cupboard and consider selling or donating what you no longer use 

Virtual Wall of Gratitude and Appreciation  

Remember to show your appreciation on the Virtual Wall of Gratitude & Appreciation, created by the Fleming Colleagues. Just like our Shout Out Board in the main lobby, the Colleagues have now made it as easy as a click of the finger to build each other up and bring us together. 

Follow this link to add your appreciation or gratitude to a fellow Fleming employee! 

Sustainable Lifestyles Workshop- February 10th 

Have you considered the impact your actions have on the planet? Have you thought about living a more sustainable lifestyle? OEHR and the Office of Sustainability are pleased to offer a lunch n’ learn workshop run by Random Acts of Green on Sustainable Lifestyles.  

This workshop examines key areas in how to grow more sustainable habits and how to encourage individuals to shift their choices that meet basic needs that provide a better quality of life and minimize the use of natural resources and emissions.   

The overall objective of this workshop will be to discuss some ways to successfully influence collectively acceptable behaviours and shape, reconstruct, challenge, and change perceptions and associated social norms to discourage unsustainable behavior and introduce, as well as encourage, more sustainable lifestyles through various research-drive behaviour change methods. Click here to learn more and register for this event! 

 

Linkedin Learning  

Interested in taking advantage of Linkedin Learning but don’t know where to start? Overwhelmed by all the content? Linkedin Learning is hosting a webinar to show users how they categorize and organize their content, how to leverage the platform to develop hard and soft skills, and concluded by a question-and-answer period. Click here to register for the webinar.