When one door closes…

Well, our Advanced Visual Facilitation course never happened. And alas, it isn’t going to – at least, not at UBC. Nor will we be offering any further courses through UBC Extended Learning. Not because our workshops weren’t valued – indeed, they were hugely popular with participants and much appreciated by the folks who ran the Life and Career programs, where our workshop was housed. But Extended Learning had shifted its focus, with the result that several of the professional courses Life and Careers offered – including ours – now fell outside the scope of the certificate program they were focusing on. We knew for quite some time that this was a possibility, so we were prepared for it. But we’re still sad to go because we had a lot of fun creating and delivering those courses, and the people who took them found them both enjoyable and of immediate practical value.

But life goes on, and Stina and I are contemplating what we’ll do next. We have some ideas about what we could offer, and now that we’re not affiliated with any particular institution, there’s no reason not to go global if we feel like it! So keep your eyes on this space. The UBC door has closed – but who knows what new doors will open…??

I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Avril Orloff for close to 10 years. I have worked with many graphic facilitators around the world, and Avril is always my first choice as a collaborative partner. The quality of her work is obvious when you see it. Behind that work is an energy, a spirit, and a passion for collaboration and the co-creative process. Her thoughtfulness, willingness to always go the extra mile, and commitment to thinking together on behalf of what will be best in a given situation is not only a joy but provides value that defies words. I am honoured to know Avril as a colleague, collaborator, teacher and friend.

Charles Holmes – Connector for Change, CE Holmes Consulting Inc.