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…??

Avril Orloff is a remarkable synthesizer. In facilitating our executive retreat, she wove a thread through the agenda that enabled each person to visually see their value, their input and their connection to the team. With sensitivity and a gracious style, Avril built on each activity, and supported the documentation of the process through her remarkable ability to capture both data and emotion in a series of rapid-paced pictorial notes. She is a joyous, optimistic and generous person and this positive energy is inspiring to be around.

Catherine Roome, President & CEO, British Columbia Safety Authority