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Resources Available While Working From Home

While times are difficult right now, there are resources available online to help adapt to new working arrangements.

Learn a New Skill

Looking for something beyond YouTube for learning a new skill? There are paid resources (with free introductory rates) to help learn a skill.

  • LinkedIn Learning
    • Requires a subscription (currently there is a promotion for 1 month free). One of the biggest libraries available online of courses offered by subject matter experts. Check out the Time Management Fundamentals course.
  • Skillshare
    • Has both free and premium subscriptions (currently there is a promotion for 2 months free for premium subscriptions).

Health and Wellness

With gyms and other wellness facilities closed, it important not to neglect your health during this time of social distancing. It’s possible to receive professional services over the internet and support local businesses at the same time.

  • yoga on the go, Via Patreon
    • Add some yoga to your routine with this remote service being offered by yoga on the go.
  • Telehealth, Via Back In Motion
    • Telehealth services can provide professional services remotely ranging from physiotherapy to mental health sessions.
  • Curbside Beer Delivery, Via Dageraad
    • Need a craft beer fix? Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby is offering same day delivery for orders placed before 2:00 PM.

Assistance Programs

If you or anyone you know requires assistance during these difficult times, below are some of the programs that are being offered to the Metro Vancouver community.

  • Resources for Businesses, Government of Canada
    • The Federal Government has introduced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for businesses, providing $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers and entrepreneurs who are not receiving a paycheque as a result of COVID-19
  • EI Benefits, Government of Canada
    • The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits is currently being waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim.
    • If you are directly affected by the COVID-19 because you are sick or quarantined and you have not yet applied for EI benefits, Government of Canada asks that you submit your application before contacting them.
  • The Greater Vancouver Food Bank
    • The GVFB provides assistance to approximately 8,500 people weekly through 13 locations across Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and the North Shore.

Stay Safe!

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Per the WHO’s recommendations keep observing social distancing, washing your hands and staying home when you’re sick and we’ll get through this together!

A Thank You Note

As we look forward to 2020, I wanted to say thank you to everyone in the local chapter for helping create the awesome year we had! Our success in 2019 was made possible by the contributions of industry professionals who volunteered their time and expertise, and from the participation of chapter members.

On behalf of the local chapter board, we hope you have an exciting 2020 and hope to see you at our next chapter event!

All the best,
Travis Vilac, EIT, CEM
Local Chapter President

Fall General Meeting Recap

Thank you again to those who attended the local chapter event and to our amazing presenter Jessica Wilson! It was a great presentation on a segment of the building controls market that is growing rapidly!

Fall 2019 General Meeting – Automated FDD: Leveraging Building Data to Ensure Heathy Buildings
Local Board Members and Presenter with Chapter Charter

Kiosk slides from the event can be found here.