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WOS to offer special workshop on mentoring at July 2015 AFO-SCO/SOC-WOS meeting

Fern Davies

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Our upcoming joint meeting  of the AFO, SCO-SOC, and WOS in Nova Scotia (16-19 July 2015) will be special for all sorts of reasons. In addition to the wonderful setting and the immense pleasure of the company - which our societies are known for - we are making efforts to include valuable program elements beyond the plenaries and paper sessions.

The Wilson Ornithological Society will be offering a workshop on mentoring best practices and would like to know if you would be interested in attending. It will be held on Thursday afternoon, prior to the opening reception. For some, this may mean scheduling travel to arrive on Wednesday. See travel info below. 


If you plan to attend, please sign up when you register.

The four-hour workshop will include:

- What is the purpose of mentoring
- How to find a mentor or mentee at all levels from high school to early career
- Frequency of meetings
- Team mentoring

Best practices
- Mentor training
- Learning effective communication skills
- Defining the relationship and expectations
- Tracking outcomes
- Celebrating successes
- How to evaluate the impacts of mentoring
- Incorporating feedback and lessons learned

The happy side of mentoring
- Personal fulfillment for mentor
- Enhanced success for mentee
- Benefits for department or program
- Benefits for ornithology

The dark side of mentoring
- Time drain
- When the relationship is not working out
- How to give the mentee an honest evaluation of the mentee's aptitude and skills
- Ethical issues and

Peer mentoring
- Training
- Support
- Oversight

Travel time information

By air: Plan to arrive on Wednesday if you can't find a flight that arrives in Halifax early enough in the day on Thursday (including clearing immigration if coming from outside Canada) to drive the 100 km to Wolfville and arrive by noon for the workshop, which will include lunch).

By Nova Star ferry from Portland, Maine: If arriving via the Nova Star ferry, you will reach Yarmouth at 8 a.m. Allow 45 minutes to disembark and clear immigrations and customs. From there, it is a three-hour drive to Acadia University. Barring delays, you should be able to just make it by noon.

By Bay Ferries (Princess of Acadia) from New Brunswick: If arriving via the Princess of Acadia (shorter ferry from New Brunswick) you will arrive at 9 a.m. As you are departing from a Canadian port, there should be no need to clear Customs after disembarking in Digby. The drive from Digby to Acadia University is about two hours. 

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