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

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Winter That Keeps On Giving.

         Easter is upon us. This morning I awoke to more snow falling gently from the heavens. Yesterday after a busy day and chatting with a dear friend I came to a new understanding of enlightenment and made my own personal definition. It is the ability to respond, with joy, to anything that life sends you, the good, the bad and the ugly. Now if I was an ancient guru I might write this into a sutra or a biblical text. Imagine if my descendents quoted my wisdom down through the ages.
          My next random thought was, “Why can’t someone tell this part of the globe to warm up?” Global warming seems a fantasy in this corner of the planet. Have we been forgotten? Fortunately nobody told the robins, the swans, the eagles that it was unending winter in the Rockies and they have returned from their winter sojourn in warmer parts. Bird song filled the crisp morning air.
        These snowflakes mean that the skiing is still great; there is so much snow in the hills I think we will be skiing all summer.
         Yesterday I visited with my writing mentor and was encouraged to keep working on my memoir, word-by-word, sentence-by-sentence, paragraph-by-paragraph and piece-by-piece. Just like the snowflakes that keep falling with ease from the sky in time I will create a book of stories from my rich treasure chest of life experiences.

Monday, April 11, 2011


shooting stars on easter equinox

i walk barefoot in the rutted snow

under the eye of Horus

the falcon headed sky god

begat by Isis and Osiris

full and clear seeing

he winks at midnight

wraps sensuous ridges in golden glow

caresses silken snowfields

stately pines cast moon shadows

whisper secrets through forest’s musk

her night breath moans with delight

here heaven and earth’s hearts beat as one

still the warmth of the log cabin

is welcome in this wilderness

I wrote this a few years ago after an incredible backcountry ski trip to the Waites Gibson Hut in the Tonquin Valley.