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2018 Grads from the Academy of Learning Career College High River Campus

 

Medical Office Assistant with Health Unit Coordinator – 18, 2018 Graduates

Successful graduates will achieve the Certified Medical Assisting Professional (CMAP) designation in addition to their diploma. These graduates are fully qualified to work in a hands-on administrative and clinical support capacity in the medical industry.

Skill development is delivered in four areas:

 

  • Comprehensive medical administrative knowledge
  • In-depth hospital administrative knowledge of nursing units
  • Full range of computer and office skills, including current software applications
  • On-site work experience through participation in a Clinical Placement at an approved healthcare facility

 

Medical Office Assistant with Veterinary – 2, 2018 Graduate

Successful graduates will be eligible to achieve the CMAP – Certified Medical Assisting Professional designation in addition to their diploma. These graduates are fully qualified to work in a hands-on administrative/clinical support capacity in any medical or veterinary industry.

Skill development is delivered in four areas:

 

  • Comprehensive medical administrative knowledge
  • Specialty Veterinary Administrative Assistant training to work in veterinary clinics and veterinary hospitals
  • Full range of computer and office skills, including current software applications
  • On-site work experience through participation in a clinical externship at an approved healthcare training facility

 

Community Service and Addictions Worker – 9, 2018 Graduates

Social and community service workers administer and implement a variety of social assistance programs and community services specializing in addictions. They assist clients to address personal and social problems.

This program provides students with the basic knowledge, skills, and work experience needed to become permanently employable in a CSW and AW setting. Skill development is delivered in three areas:

 

  • Comprehensive community service worker knowledge
  • Exploration into the world of addictions. Exploration into the world of addiction treatment and prevention.
  • Full range of computer and office skills, including current software applications
  • On-site work experience through participation in a 140-hour placement at an approved CSW facility

 

Dental Administration Assistant – 2, 2018 Graduates

Introduces students to the role of a Dental Administrative Assistant (DAA) in today’s dental industry. Covers topics such as General Dentistry, Head and Neck Anatomy, Dental Instruments, Pain control, Imaging, Dental surgeries, Administration of a dental office, and General Accounting.

 

Insurance Advisor -1, 2018 Graduates

This program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge required to work in the insurance industry in a variety of different capacities, and may include careers within a call centre environment. It prepares students to write the provincial licensing examination. In addition, the program introduces students to different practices and positions within the industry. Students also gain skills and experience in using the most commonly used insurance database and quoting software in Canada.

 

Computerized Payroll Accounting – 2, 2018 Graduates

This program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge required for a payroll department. The student will become familiar with basic payroll practices and procedures, as well as the more complex aspects of payroll. With basic bookkeeping levels and the acquisition of one year of payroll experience, the student can then apply to the Canadian Payroll Association for Payroll Compliance Practitioner certification.

 

In addition to accounting and payroll expertise, students gain skills and experience in business correspondence, office procedures and management fundamentals.

 

Payroll Administrator – 1, 2018 Graduate

This program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge required to perform payroll administrative duties in the payroll department and to apply payroll legislation. With basic bookkeeping levels and the acquisition of one year of payroll experience, the student can then apply to the Canadian Payroll Association for Payroll Compliance Practitioner certification.

 

In addition to accounting and payroll expertise, students gain skills and experience in word processing, spreadsheet applications and telephone communication skills

 

Entrepreneurial Business Applications – 1, 2018 Graduate

Graduates of this program obtain the necessary skills to plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate their operations in order to provide goods or services to consumers, and ensure the quality of these goods/services and the satisfaction of their clients.

 

Administrative Assistant – 1, 2018 Graduate

This program provides graduates with the necessary skills to compile, verify, record, and process forms and documents, such as applications, agreements, and letter, in accordance with established procedures, guidelines, and schedules. Students will be familiar with the most popular office software applications.

Registration is now open for the Santa Parade

Registration open for Santa Claus parade

The 30th Annual Santa Claus Parade will travel through High River’s beautifully decorated downtown on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 starting at 6:30 p.m.

The parade will feature over 60 entries and include family-friendly events like hay rides, live music, craft fair and more. Fire pits, hot dogs and hot chocolate along the parade route will ensure everyone stays warm while watching the parade.

Registration for the parade is now open and entry forms can be downloaded from www.choosehighriver.ca under the ‘ Things to do’ menu.

Insurance coverage for floats will be provided by a policy created specifically for the event by Co-operators, High River. There will be no need to send a confirmation of your insurance. Please note you are required to have valid vehicle insurance and registration.

Judging will be done during the parade this year and entries are encouraged to creatively engage the crowd, and have fun!

Please complete and return your entry form prior to November 25th, 2016.

Annual General Meeting

Dear Members

Please be advised that the next Chamber Luncheon is quickly approaching and this will be our Annual General Meeting.

Annual General Meeting

Date: November 24, 2016

Time: Noon – 1:15

Place: Highwood Golf & Country Club

Cost $20

Please RSVP to the office by e-mail at hrdccxtra@gmail.com

Agenda:

  • Presentation of the Financial Statements for the year ended August 31, 2016
  • Introduction of the nominees to the Board for 2016-2017
  • Membership dues.

Membership Dues Background information: More than 15 years has passed, since the Chamber introduced an increase in their membership dues. Due to the rising operational cost, the Board of Directors felt that it was necessary to implement some small changes to our fee structure to cover some of the services that we offer. This new fee structure, will include a website listing for your business, a listing on the MyChamber app, in addition to giving you access to all of the value added saving programs, at no extra cost.

The proposed increase in the annual membership fees will be voted on at the annual general meeting.

Current Member Dues 2017 change in membership dues

1-4 Employees currently $125 -> $135

5-15 Employees currently $150 -> $165

16-49 Employees currently $175 -> $200

50 -99 Employees currently $235 -> $275

100 plus employees $300 -> $400

2016 Christmas Campaign – Shop, Blog & Win

2016 Christmas Campaign Shop, Blog & Win

Radio and Newspapers

The NEED

  • To promote Shopping in High River during the Christmas Season. So that ALL from NEAR and FAR come to the events and the community to shop, to take selfies and to blog about their purchases and High River experience.

The OPPORTUNITY

  • To focus marketing on the Foothills and Calgary region during the Christmas Season.
  • To make potential customers aware of your business and what a great Community we have with shopping and special events.
  • The Chamber Branding and promotion of our Businesses and community.
  • To participate in some fun marketing that engages shoppers to blog, take selfies with their purchases and use social media, while having some fun doing so.
  • To reach multiple audiences of different age groups and demographics.

The PLAN

  • To have an ongoing awareness of your company through radio commercials on Sun Country and The Eagle. To promote your company also in the Calgary Herald, the Sun and in the Western Wheel.

The opportunity to participate in a joint collective marketing campaign. We will use your investment dollars to buy radio and newspaper ad and also to obtaining matching grants.

This campaign will draw customers to your place of business to shop and blog about their purchases to their friends on social media. Upon each visit to a participating merchant, the shoppers will have an opportunity to enter to win a grand prize. The grand prize will be gift certificates that have been provided by the participating merchants.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Draw Box Sponsor participation

As a Draw Box Sponsor you must provide us with cash of $100 and a gift certificate of $50 in value. All participating merchants will make up a draw box and we will provide you with all other marketing materials, posters, ballots, etc…All participating merchants in this category, will receive a mention on the Chamber website and in all the newspapers ads indicating the locations of the draw boxes.

Cash Sponsor:

As a $500 Cash Sponsor you must also provide a $50 dollar or grater gift certificate. All participating merchants, will be mentioned on the Chamber website, in the newspapers and will also have a draw box at their location in addition to receiving radio mentions during the entire campaign.

*** AM 1140 Radio *** Sun Country 99.7 FM *** The Eagle 100.9 FM ***

All participating businesses will either be mentioned in the newspapers or on the radio depending on your level of sponsorship commitment. Radio commercials and newspaper advertising will be used to promote all the Christmas Events over the entire Christmas Season.

The entire campaign will be a $10,000 value, starting on December 1 and will run right through until the end of December. The draw for the grand prize will be made at the end of January – 2017.

If this is something that is of interest to you. I would be happy to meet with you to discuss this opportunity, please call me at 403-652-3336 to set up an appointment.

We must receive your commitment to participate no later than November 21,2016

Thank you

Lynette McCracken

Rick Hillier, former Chief of Defense Staff Corp – Canadian Forces, shares leadership lessons from his years in the military during an Oct. 6 lunch hosted by the High River and Okotoks Chambers of Commerce.

Brent Calver/OWW
Canada’s former top general told an Okotoks business audience strong, positive leadership is key to surviving hard times, whether it’s on the battlefield or in the boardroom.
Retired gen. Rick Hillier, the former chief of the defense staff of the Canadian Forces, shared lessons from a long military career and leadership through hardship.
He spoke during an Oct. 6 lunch meeting at the St. James Church hosted by the Okotoks and High River Chambers of Commerce.
Sharing stories from his own career and military history in Canada and Newfoundland (his home province), Hillier said leaders always need to retain a sense of optimism, no matter what is happening around them.
“There are hard times and those hard times are cyclical, but there’s a thing about knowing you’re going to get through those hard times and I call that perpetual optimism,” he said.
Hillier recalled one of the most difficult days he had as chief of defense staff. On July 4, 2007 his phone rang at 3 a.m. and he was informed six members of the Canadian Forces were killed in battle in Afghanistan.
When Hillier was briefed on the situation later in the morning, he said everyone in the room looked sad and despondent. He said they committed to return the soldiers’ bodies to their families and look after their wounded and their families.
Before going out to make the news public, Hillier had one message for everyone around him. He said they could grieve, but they had to leave the room composed and ready to move forward.
“We’re going to do all our grieving in the next 30 seconds because if we walk out of this room looking like we do now, in two or three hours the 2,000 people serving in national headquarters are going to end up looking exactly the same way as do,” he said.
Carrying on as though nothing was wrong was the last thing he wanted to do, Hillier said, but it was essential because everyone else in the forces looked to him for leadership.
He said leaders thrust into difficult times need to be able to settle themselves, rally their team behind them and move forward.
It’s important to inspire people to be a part of your organization, said Hillier.
Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan would often carry as much as 110 pounds of equipment and gear with them, often in stiflingly hot conditions. Hillier said inspiration, strong leadership and preparation were essential to keep them moving forward.
“If you don’t inspire people and set them up for success, if they aren’t trained to do it, they don’t develop that strength and the fitness, they simply can’t do it,” he said.
According to Hillier, leaders should grow and mature, but should also never forget who they are.
“Remain your true self,” he said.
And, it’s important not to let ego get out of control. A little bit of ego is fine, said Hillier, because it makes a person want to be competitive, but too much leads to arrogance.
“Arrogance really discourages people,” he said. “It pisses people off. If you’re a leader who wants to inspire people, you don’t want to piss them off.”
Andrew Gustafson, Okotoks Chamber of Commerce president, said Hillier’s message is timely for businesses during the recent economic downturn.
He said businesses in Alberta are facing difficult times, but they can persevere. Gustafson took to heart Hillier’s advice to put things in perspective.
“Businesses in Alberta are feeling some tough times and it’s easy in those situations to become a little bit down and a little pessimistic,” said Gustafson. “The message we would take from him is to just maintain a degree of perspective and understand that if you look at the future there’s actually some bright points.”
Though Hillier’s background may be in the military, Gustafson said his experience as a leader is important for business owners.
“Leadership principles are leadership principles, whether you’re on the front lines in Afghanistan or in a small business,” he said. “The scale and complexities are different, but the basic leadership principles can remain the same and be applied in both situations.