Calgary Board of Education - Chinook Learning Services

Managing Workplace Emotions
You can't change conflict and opposing points of view in the workplace. You can, however, change the way you react. Become more emotionally aware, harness your emotions and express them positively with control, confidence and composure.
Thursday April 23 2020 12.30pm -3.30pm

Conflict Resolution for the Workplace
Successful conflict resolvers are not born; they are trained. Build your skills as an effective conflict resolver and mediator. Learn to recognize conflict patterns and what triggers and escalates conflict in others, master strategies that reduce conflict escalation, assert yourself confidently and give constructive feedback. These skills will help you work more productively and harmoniously with clients, colleagues and superiors. See Course Outline.
Instructor: Wilma Rubens - see Instructor Profile

Fridays 1st 8th May 2020 9.00 - 4.00pm

My story straw to gold
We live our life forwards, yet read it backwards. Discover the unique story that your life makes as you reflect on where your desires, struggles, and insights have taken you. Learn to use free-fall writing, guided meditation, and discussion to put your conflicts into a bigger picture and see yourself as the hero/heroine in your own wandering journey even as it is happening. No previous writing experience is necessary.
Read Course Reviews. Instructor: Wilma Rubens - see Instructor Profile

Entangled Enchantments

Entangled Enchantments
My very first collection of poetry. These poems celebrate my journey on the uncharted waters of the feminine. For your very own copy purchase at Cafe Books, Canmore, or Pages in Kensington, Calgary or contact

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


It has been a pattern of mine when life gets tough to slink into a bookstore and find something inspirational to read.

I remember such a time in Sydney Australia about 22 years ago. I had left my two little kids at the brand new Occasional Child-care Centre for my weekly 3 hours of me time. The rosy cheeked director Maggie Currie hugged me and said, "You're precious!" No one had ever called me that in my entire life. Me precious? Me as a mother was precious? It was difficult for me to get my head around that. This was Scottish Maggie's great gift to all us young mothers.

I had been conflicted about my worth. Should I go back to work or stay home with my children? After 20 years of feminism it felt somehow wrong to even want to be a stay-at-home mother. Women had fought long and hard, I had worked hard in my profession as a Science teacher and what was where I expected my status to come from as a woman not from being a stay at home mother. And what about the financial aspect. Didn't we need two incomes to live in our sophisticated world?

I found myself in the Crowsnest bookstore opposite the metal sculpture of a Crowsnest in the little square of the municipal buildings. My eyes roamed the crowded shelves. It was the book "You can heal your life" by Louise Hay that jumped off the shelve demanding to be purchased. I loved the rainbow heart on the white cover. I wasn't quite sure why my life needed healed. It was her words at the beginning of each chapter that caught my attention, "Deep at the centre you my being is an infinite supply of love....."

Thankfully that book revolutionised my life.

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