In the last week, I put on 2 workshops and attended a promotional event through the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network www.ednns.ca. I was also invited to present multiple workshops for a conference in April and fully funded to attend a conference and Gala dinner in December.
Last Friday, I had the opportunity to present to 10 faculty at NSCC (Pictou Campus) for their Professional Development Day. I brought along one of my clients to bring a first persons perspective and both of us were very well received. My goal is to reach all 13 campuses in January during my first work placement which fittingly, is at ADDvocacy ADHD & Life Skills Coaching Ltd.
On Tuesday, I was invited to an event for Global Entrepreneurial Week put on by the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network at Staples in Halifax. I had the opportunity to meet with about a dozen entrepreneurs from all walks of life. While the foot traffic was a little light, the people I connected with were amazing. I guess I made an impression on them as well because I received a phone call from them this morning and got an invite to attend the 5th Annual Symposium on Inclusive Education and Employment conference in Halifax on December 3rd and 4th( www.abilitystartshere.ca). Not only do I get to attend, but they are funding the entire thing for me to the tune of $300. This will be a perfect fit for what I do!
On Wednesday, I switched gears just a bit out of the post secondary gig. I put on a workshop for Correction Services Canada which was made up of parole and probation officers. I had this idea after reading some staggering studies regarding ADHD in the prison population. Up to 42 % of adult criminals and 72 % of young offenders show signs of having ADHD. While they are piloting a program in BC to screen for this, the rest of Canada and most of the USA doesn’t think of this as a serious enough issue to test and treat. Hopefully, this was just the first of many interactions with CSC!
Finally, I was invited to present at a conference for Nova Scotia Teachers, Tutors and Support staff at a conference in Truro in April 2013. I will be doing multiple workshops as well as promoting ADDvocacy ADHD & Life Skills Coaching Ltd. It feels great to be booking into the new year and I’m sure there are many more opportunities like this in my future!
Oh, I almost forgot, I doubled my client base as well in the last 2 weeks and needed to extend my work hours. I now have space booked at NSCC on Thursday nights and take clients from 3:30-7:30 (currently full). I can definitely see adding another night in the near future. Due to my newspaper article, I also have a 1/2 dozen + new clients and more are calling week to week.
I am highly encouraged with the direction the business in going! Most of you know that I am also in school full time taking Disabilty Support and Services and I am managing to maintain a 90%+ average in addition to everything else that is going on!
With a little hard work and a whole lot of passion, anything is possible. I am living proof!