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December 10, 2016
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Laurier to celebrate first-ever Staff Development Day May 4

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Apr 11/11

As part of the university’s ongoing centennial celebrations, the Human Resources department is holding Laurier’s first-ever Staff Development Day, to take place May 4 on the Waterloo campus. 

Plans for the day include a keynote speaker, barbecue lunch, and breakout sessions chaired by Laurier staff members. 

“It’s about not only enriching people’s personal skills, but also about recognizing the staff community and giving people a chance to connect,” said Jennifer Porritt, manager of learning and organizational development, who is co-chair of the event with Kate Konopka, manager of employee relations. “It’s a way of recognizing the Laurier community.” 

The day’s events will take place in the Bricker Academic Building and are slated to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Staff can register for the full day or choose to attend individual sessions only. 

The morning will begin with a welcome from Laurier President Max Blouw, followed by a keynote address by Nora Spinks, a leading expert on multi-generational workplaces. 

A barbecue lunch will take place in the Quad, and there will be three rounds of 75-minute breakout sessions during the day. Each session will be presented by a Laurier staff member on a topic of personal expertise that speaks to Laurier’s Employee Success Factors

“It’s a chance to tap into the skills and knowledge of people on campus, and to celebrate that talent,” said Porritt

To view full details of the day’s schedule and to register, visit:

“We’ve seen similar programs at other universities in the past and really liked the concept,” said Porritt. “When the opportunity arose through the centennial funding process to propose ideas, we thought, ‘what a great way to roll out a program like this.’”


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