John and John Boekema, representing Three Hills Citizens on Patrol, with Family and Community Support Services Director Shelley Jackson-Berry at the annual Kneehill County area Volunteer Forum. ECA Review/D. Nadeau
No speech by a presenter from Edmonton, no note taking, and no door prizes. Instead, this year’s Three Hills and area Volunteer Forum saw FCSS Director Shelley Jackson-Berry using what she called edu-tainment for her Keys to Personal Success session.
“I wanted our 53 participants,” she said, “to learn valuable tips on how to work with others.”
Her easy-going edu-tainment presentation, designed to identify unique personality characteristics and factors that create stress in the work place, served as a bonding and exploration exercise. Jackson-Berry said community leaders and their many volunteers benefit when people are accepted for who they are, when people have opportunities to please those in authority, and when there is a harmonious working environment.
Participants, some wearing multiple community service hats, represented 30 Three Hills and Kneehill area groups that are volunteer intensive—ranging from Linden’s Westview Care and the Trochu and the Acme Royal Purple, to the Three Hills Food Bank, Legion, and RCMP Victims Services.
In her comments, Jackson-Berry said that in the day-to-day work of conducting community services and providing help, it is important to remember the unique characteristics of individuals when working with and for them.
“That’s why I emphasize the need to know personal strengths,” she said, “and why I offer tips on how to communicate properly when working together.”