(from Keynote speeches)
Please take the time to read some ACTUAL kind words Candy Palmater’s clients have to say about her work:
“The Annapolis Valley Regional School Board Program and Services Department wish to thank you for your extremely informative presentation on Aboriginal Perceptions Training. We are fortunate to have you within our circle to guide us to better understanding the Mi’Kmaq history and to continue to question and explore our own perspectives.”
• Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, Nova Scotia
“We would like to Thank Candy for the great inspirational keynote address with the Pictou Landing First Nation GAP Program. The participants would have liked to have had an opportunity for her to have answered some questions. I believe that the presentation of the gift, threw a curve into the question and answer period. The participants really enjoyed having her here in the community and all encourage her to continue educating our people and promoting cultural awareness. The response was very positive from the participants and for myself, sometimes we all question if we are in the right field of work and her address encouraged me to continue promoting cultural awareness and continue on with encouraging them to find their own identity, and not be ashamed of their heritage. It was good to have you( Candy) home with her ancestors and family.”
• Pictou Landing, Nova Scotia – GAP Project Coordinator
“Dear Ms. Palmater,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees for Frontier School Division, thank you for presenting, ‘Education from a Scoical Justice Perspective, Then and Now’, at our 32nd Annual School Commitee Conference this past February. As you can see from the enclosed evaluation comments, your presentation touched the hearts and minds of delegates and staff.
Best wishes to you.”
• Frontier School Board of Trustees – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
“Only a few short days ago Candy came to talk to our group of student leaders for one of our annual ANSSA assembly for student union leaders. From the moment she opened her mouth I knew she would be amazing because I realized she had a passion for what she spoke right from the get go. She opened our eyes that the aboriginal students of Atlantic Canada face every day especially when it comes to post secondary education. Candy also helped me come to my realization to how skewed the main stream culture are off when they discuss what aboriginal peoples receive. As a newly elected Vice President Academic of Cape Breton University Student Union, and the school in Atlantic Canada with the most aboriginal enrollment. One of the issues we will begin to look at is aboriginal education in out University, by planning the first ever aboriginal awareness week here at Cape Breton University for the 2010-2011 academic years.
• Vice President – ANNSA, Nova Scotia
“Dear Ms. Palmater,
On behalf of the Atlantic Region of the Deaprtment of Canadian Heritage, we would like to thank you for your presentation to our staff on October 3, entitled, ‘Enhancing our Workplace: Learning from Aboriginal Culture’.
Staff appreciated your humour and candour in a speech that was both moving and thought provoking. In particular, staff appreciated your message that the work of Canadian Heritage is very important to Atlantic society – and that we must always strive to do our work better.
It was also obvious that staff enjoyed learning more about your personal history and philosophy. You may be leased to know that 100% of staff who completed evaluation forms strongly agreed that you were a knowledgeable and engaging speaker.
Your participation in Atlantic Forum Atlantique 2008 contributed greatly to the success of this biannual gathering.
Thank you for sharing the time to share with us your great passion for Aboriginal culture, as well as your message about the importance of kindness and generosity.
• Co-President, Steering Committee – Canadian Heritage, Newfoundland, Canada
“Dear Ms. Palmater:
On behalf of the Department of Labour and Workforce Development, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to your for being the guest speaker at the Diversity Through Aboriginal Inclusion Events on October 13, November 2, and November 4, 2010. Your dynamic talks contributed greatly to advancing the goals of the project and were warmly received by the Aboriginal community members and employers in attendance. I also recognize the tremendous personal effort on your part to travel to the events in Cape Breton and Bridgewater and for your kindness in agreeing to be the speaker for the Halifax event when the original speaker cancelled at the last minute.
I would like you to know that the results from the evaluations indicate that the events were a success. A total of 130 individuals attended three networking sessions held in Halifax, Bridgewater and Sydney locations. Participant feedback indicated that the sessions were valuable to employers and Aboriginal representatives who attended the events and that they plan to follow up with the individuals they met at the sessions.
Thank you again for making such a positive contribution to the Diversity Through Aboriginal Inclusion Project. We are hopeful that as a result of the project, more aboriginal job seekers will realize their dreams and potential and will have access to new opportunities in the Nova Scotia labour market.”
• Executive Director, Skills and Learning Branch – Labour and Workforce Development, Nova Scotia Government