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Mobilizing Youth for the Delivery of Advisory Services (MYDAS)

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Labour Day soon

Hello all,

The warm moist air of the hurricane's tail end are barely bothering us here on PEI...nothing like the 178 mm of rainfall that Radio Canada reports in Québec...and nothing like the devastation in the USA. Even so, the grey skies and showers reflect some of my innate sadness at the prospect of not having the MYDAS team to kick around after Friday. However, the temperature here mirrors the heart-felt warmth that lingers from the opportunity to work with you over the course of the summer. I have learned a lot. Thank you.

Because of her late start, I'll still have Katie on the payroll up in Wellington, PEI, and there is a possibility of extending the rest of "l'Équipe Acadienne" (Marc) in NB, as well. It will be good for me to practise my French, mais c'est chanceux que Windows XP indique le pupart de mes erreurs de grammaire et d'épelation automatiquement.

By the way, I noticed in recent posts that Diedre was being cited as the government programs guru, whereas Katie is the current title holder. So, if you have clients seeking funding info, Katie is a good resource. Bear in mind that her "Eastlink" e-address is now defunct and she is back to using the dal.ca e-address (I won't post contact info on this site, but feel free to contact me if you need up-to-date information for any of the team).

MYDAS interns are mostly heading off/back to other duties, from university studies to overseas placements. For myself, the MYDAS program continues in a "down-sized" form. There are financial and narrative reports to be submitted to our sponsors and I'm still engaged in ongoing work on co-op CED projects in both PEI and NB. Clients will continue to receive Technical and Advisory Services under the MYDAS banner and I am already beginning to miss the reservoir of talent that has been available to me as a matter of course over the summer months.

A number of you have undertaken to continue with co-op CED work on a voluntary basis. If you find the time to do so, it will certainly be appreciated. Also, if we can raise the funds to engage your services further throughout the school year, I shall be in communication. Speaking of communication, you are all encouraged to participate in a teleconference on:

Sunday 18 September at 1 p.m. Atlantic Time

at which time we can see if there are issues that need to be "debriefed". You will receive an e-mail with the invitation and the dial-in details closer to the date.

I am available anytime via the usual contact methods. Please feel free to call, e-mail, visit etc.
I hope to be able to work with you again in the future and I am confident that your accomplishments will reflect well on the MYDAS program and on the co-op sector in general.

Well done!

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