Laurie Edwards and Clarence DeSchiffart were both presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the NSCDA’s 2017 Conference. Their contributions are too numerous to list, but they are recognized as the founders of the NSCDA.
In 1998 Laurie and Clarence initiated the working group to establish the NSCDA — making Nova Scotia the second province in Canada to have such an organization.
COMPETENCY-BASED APPROACH FOR CCDP DESIGNATION
As the NSCDA continued to grow, Clarence and Laurie served on an assessment consulting team that shaped the current use of a competency-based approach to achieving the Certified Career Development Practitioner designation and both are recognized as experts in competency assessment and standardized practice.
LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN CAREER DEVELOPMENT
- Career in Gear (CIG), an online career management tool that takes people through a career decision-making process using games focusing on identity, interests, values, skills, labour market information, and the exploration of education and training programs available at the NSCC.
- Parents as Career Coaches project has been commended by career development leaders across the country.
- Skills Canada Nova Scotia; Techsploration — a program that assists girls in Grade 9 to explore occupations in skilled trades, technology, and applied sciences.
- The NS Vocational Mobile Career Service; Project NOVA.
- Establishing the first Canada Career Week.
- The establishment of the NSCC’s African Canadian Transition Program — the first Africentric post-secondary academic upgrading / career exploration program in Canada.
- The Blueprint Project, Canada’s national learning outcome framework of the competencies necessary to improve and prosper in both career and life. This program has influenced similar competency projects in Australia and Saudi Arabia.